A Paper Life by Tatum O'nealA Paper Life by Tatum O'neal

A Paper Life

byTatum O'neal

Paperback | October 4, 2005

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A real Hollywood-style tell-all, this is the extremely candid and highly explosive autobiography of one of the movie industry's most talented and troubled young stars.

At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. As the sidekick to her father, the flamboyant star and man-about-town Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities ranging from Cher to Stanley Kubrick among her childhood friends.

Yet behind the glittering façade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, neglect, and drug addiction. She reveals the most intimate secrets of her dysfunctional relationships with her father, Ryan O'Neal, and stepmother, Farrah Fawcett, as well as her alcoholic mother, Joanna Moore, and ex-husband, tennis pro John McEnroe.

After the collapse of her marriage and with no real family to turn to, Tatum succumbed to the demons of her past that would nearly kill her. Now she has emerged clean and sober, rediscovering herself as an actress, mother, and wonderfully vibrant woman in what she considers the prime of her life.

The youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award(tm), Tatum O'Neal has been a public figure for the last three decades. An actress, author, and the mother of three children, she makes her home in Los Angeles, California.
Title:A Paper LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:October 4, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060751029

ISBN - 13:9780060751029


Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Surprisingly Revealing!" This was a fascinating look into the lives of Celebrities, as seen through, the eyes of children. Tatum O 'Neal, and her brothers certainly had a destructive upbringing, surrounded by alcoholics, drug addicts, and abusers. It's amazing what power is possessed by 'the celebrity' and how it can allow them to abuse their children, and those around them. I admire Ms. O'Neal, for overcoming the many heartbreaking obstacles she had to face, growing up. Very entertaining and easy to read.
Date published: 2006-07-12

Editorial Reviews

“In this honest, disturbing memoir, O’Neal...reveals the behind-the-scenes story of her lonely, chaotic life...