A Paper Life

A Paper Life

Audiobook CD - 2004
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At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar(R) winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon . As the sidekick to her father, Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities among her childhood friends.

But behind the glittering facade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Her alcoholic mother drifted in and out of her life. Her father grew increasingly punishing and distant, especially after moving in with his longtime love, Farrah Fawcett. By her late teens, Tatum had begun a perilous slide into self-destruction.

Then Tatum met the man who would become her husband: the explosive tennis great John McEnroe. They had three children in quick succession, followed by one of the messiest high-profile divorces on record. With the collapse of her marriage and 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2004.
ISBN: 9780060741914
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (6 hrs.) :,digital, stereo. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jun 20, 2012

This book was very intriguing and full of detail. I love Paper Moon and grew up watching Tatum in Bad News Bears and Little Darlings... If even a fraction of this memoir is accurate, Ryan O'Neil should be jailed for child abuse or at the very least, I hope Tatum just cuts him out of her life for good one day soon. I refuse to watch any of his movies again. Fascinating book.

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