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Tatum O'Neal became the youngest winner of a competitive Academy Award in 1974, at age 10, receiving the best supporting actress honor for her work in 1973's Paper Moon.
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Tatum Beatrice O`Neal (born November 5, 1963) is an American actress best known for her film work as a child actress in the 1970s. She remains, at the age of 10, the youngest actor to win a competitive Academy Award. O`Neal was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actors Ryan O`Neal and Joanna Cook Moore, who had appeared in various motion pictures with Ryan O`Neal. 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 competitive Academy Award, a record that still stands as of 2009. 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. During her childhood and teenage years, O`Neal starred in notable films such as The Bad News Bears (1976) with Walter Matthau, International Velvet (1978) with Christopher Plummer and Anthony Hopkins, and Little Darlings (1980) with Kristy McNichol. O`Neal`s acting career took a backseat to her marriage to John McEnroe, a professional tennis player, for many years. She would appear in only five films during the next 15 years. One notable role of hers was in Basquiat (1996).
In the early 2000s, O`Neal began acting more frequently and made guest appearances on Sex and the City, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. In 2005, O`Neal 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. 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 2007, she 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). She currently has one feature film in production, scheduled for release in 2009.
In 1986, O`Neal married tennis superstar John McEnroe. No one from her family attended the ceremony. The couple had three children: Kevin (born 1986), Sean, (born 1987), and Emily, (born 1991). They split in December 1992 and were divorced in 1994. Following the divorce, O`Neal`s drug problems re-emerged and she developed an addiction to heroin. As a result of her drug problems, McEnroe obtained custody of the children in 1998. On June 1, 2008, she was arrested for allegedly buying crack cocaine near her Manhattan apartment building. When police searched her, they allegedly found two bags of drugs—one with crack, one with regular cocaine—and an unused crack pipe. She was charged with a misdemeanor, criminal possession of a controlled substance. Authorities released her without bail. On July 2, 2008, O`Neal pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the arrest and agreed to spend two half-day sessions in a drug treatment program.
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Patrick O'Neal, Redmond O'Neal
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Tatum Beatrice O'Neal (born November 5, 1963) is an American actress and author. She is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won in 1973 at age 9 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O'Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, in 1976, followed by Nickelodeon (1976), and Little Darlings (1980).
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