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Tatum O'Neal
November 5, 1963 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actress
Subcategory: American Actress

Griffin, my brother, 11 months younger, was sometimes the victim of my father's fury - once Ryan famously knocked out his teeth.


I've stood my ground in life, alone, even against overwhelming forces with the might and money to crush me.


I've overcome neglect and deprivation, abandonment and abuse.


I've purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.


Paper Moon didn't bring me love.


As Peter Bogdanovich would say of Paper Moon: Ryan's wonderful in it, and he sat there and watched the kid steal the picture.


The more love I craved, the more distant and abusive he grew. The role I longed to play was never written into Ryan's script: daughter.


Ryan is my bridge to the past, to memories that lose some of their sting when he recounts them.


I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard. There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me.


When someone was hitting me, or like sexually molesting me, it just seemed normal to continue to do that to myself.


My children forgave me at a time when I could barely forgive myself.


I do take responsibility for it. I admit to having a problem. I have been to numerous treatment centers.


Things get so sloppy when you're under the influence.


I think all of us feel like we're a bit on show, all the time.


Certain struggles never end.


I have a temper, but I wouldn't call me abusive.


Ryan finally came to my rescue. He'd thought working together in Paper Moon would help us bond.


Things with my dad were pretty good until I won an Academy Award. He was really loving to me until I got more attention than he did. Then he hated me.


I've overcome physical and mental brutality - and fought back.


I've triumphed over addiction.


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