“I’ve purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.“
Full Name : Tatum Beatrice O’Neal
Born : 5th November, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) : John McEnroe (m. 1986; div. 1994)
Children : 3
Father : Ryan O’Neal
Mother : Joanna Moore
Tatum Beatrice O’Neal is a talented American author and actress who holds the record of being the youngest person to win an Oscar. She since played roles in several other movies winning other awards. Here are 7 facts about Tatum O’Neal.
7 interesting facts about Tatum O’Neal :
1. Youngest Oscar Winner
O’Neal won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1974 at age 10. This made her the youngest actress to win the award. She won it with her classic performance in Paper Moon, which she played the role of Addie Loggins. She also won other awards including the Golden Globe Award.
2. The girlfriend of Michael Jackson
O’Neal is known to be the first girlfriend of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The two dated in the late 1970 ’s. In an interview with Martin Bashir in 2002, Michael Jackson noted that O’Neal tried to seduce him but he was at the time scared of having sex.
3. Early Life
Tatum O’Neal was born to actor Ryan O’Neal and actress Joanna Moore. Her parents divorced when she was about a year old and her father remarried to actress Leigh Taylor-Young. O’Neal lost her mother at age 63 to lung cancer.
4. Acting Career
O’Neal started her acting careers at a young age. Her first major movie was Paper Moon in 1973 where she played the role of Addie Loggins opposite her father Ryan. She since played role in films like The Bad News Bear, Little Darlings, Circle of Two and Rescue Me among others.
5. Dancing With the Stars
O’Neal took part in the ABC reality show Dancing with the Star in January 2006. She performed with professional partner Nick Kosovich, a ballroom dancer. The partners were eliminated during the second round of the show.
6. Arrest in 2008
O’Neal was arrested for buying crack cocaine on June 1, 2008. After a search in her house, the police also found a bag of crack cocaine and a bag of powdered cocaine. She was then charged with misdemeanour and later released without bill. A month later, she pleaded guilty to the charges and spent two half-day sessions in a drug treatment program.
7. Family Life and Relationships
O’Neal first marriage was to tennis player, John McEnroe in 1986. They started dating in 1984 and had three children. They divorced in 1994. O’Neal fell into heroin addiction, which made McEnroe take custody of her children in 1998. She is currently dating fellow women but preferred not be called a lesbian.