Tatum O'Neal Calls Father "The Love of Her Life"


I don’t know about you, but if my own father hit on me at his lover’s funeral, the last thing I’d call him is “the love of my life.”  Then again, I’m not part of the notoriously emotionally whacked, drug-fueled family headed by patriarch Ryan O’Neal.  The self-described “hopeless father” famously told Vanity Fair he didn’t know his own daughter at Farrah Fawcett’s funeral:

“I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me,” Ryan told me. “I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me—Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”

Sick indeed. Despite this and her claims he introduced her to cocaine at age 15 and frequently abandoned her, here’s what Tatum O’Neal said about her dad in a recent interview:

“When Farrah died it made me stop and think about Dad,” Tatum told the UK’s Daily Mail.  “I asked myself what I would do if I lost him tomorrow, and the answer was that I couldn’t fathom him dying and us still being at war…My father is, and will always be the great love of my life.”


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