Short Bio of Tatum O’Neal
Tatum Beatrice O’Neal (born November 5, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award-winning American actress best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. She remains the youngest actor, at the age of 10, to win a contended Oscar.
atum O’Neal was born into the motion picture family of actor Ryan O’Neal and actress Joanna Cook Moore. Her brother, Griffin, was born in 1964. In 1967, her parents divorced. Her father married actress Leigh Taylor-Young, a marriage which produced her half-brother, Patrick. She also has another half-brother, Redmond, from Ryan O’Neal’s relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett. Tatum’s mother died in 1997 of lung cancer at age 63, after a career in which she had appeared in such movies as Touch of Evil.
In 1974, Tatum O’Neal became the youngest person ever to win a contended Academy Award, a record that still stands as of 2008. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year – Actress for her performance in Paper Moon. O’Neal played the role of Addie Loggins, a child con artist being tutored by a Depression-era grifter played by her father, Ryan. She was 10 years old at the time she won the award.
Other movies in which O’Neal appeared include The Bad News Bears, Nickelodeon, International Velvet, and Little Darlings. She appeared as the title character in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Her acting career took a backseat to her marriage to John McEnroe, the professional tennis player, for many years, but in 2005 she began a recurring role as Maggie Gavin on the firehouse drama series Rescue Me, portraying the unbalanced and lively sister of Tommy Gavin, played by Denis Leary. O’Neal’s character is married to a firefighter in her brother’s firehouse.
In January 2006, she participated in the second season of ABC’s reality series Dancing with the Stars but was eliminated in the second round. She went on to do commentary for the series on Entertainment Tonight.
From 2006 to early 2007, Tatum starred as the vindictive and psychotic Blythe Hunter in the My Network TV prime-time drama Wicked Wicked Games. She appears opposite Nashawn Kearse and Vanessa L. Williams in the Liberty Artists feature film My Brother (2007).
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