Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tatum O'Neal who played Ferris in Little Darlings

Tatum Beatrice O'Neal was born November 5, 1963 in LA.  She is probably best remembered for her role as Ferris in Little Darlings co-starring Kristy McNichol.  However, she is the youngest actress in history to win an Academy Award.  She did so in 1973 at the age of 10 for her role as Addie Loggins in the film Paper Moon.  She won the award for best supporting actress co-starring with her father Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, and John Hillerman.  Paper Moon was actually her acting debut.

Tatum O'Neal as Ferris in Little Darlings
Tatum O'Neal and her father Ryan O'Neal in Paper Moon 1973
Tatum O'Neal became and still is the youngest ever to receive an Academy Award.  She won best supporting actress in Paper Moon 1973
Tatum O'Neal in her younger days

Three years after Paper Moon in 1976, Tatum starred in The Bad News Bears as Amanda Whurlitzer.  She co-starred with Walter Matthau, Vic Morrow, and Joyce Van Patten.  She would continue on to star in other films such as Nickelodeon co-starring Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Brian Keith, Stella Stevens, John Ritter, Lorenzo Music, and James Best (1976); International Velvet co-starring Christopher Plummer and Anthony Hopkins (1978); Circle of Two with Norma Dell'Agnese, Richard Burton, and Donann Cavin (1980); Little Darlings with Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante, Matt Dillon, Margaret Blye, Krista Errickson, and Cynthia Nixon (1980); and Prisoners co-starring Colin Friels and Shirley Knight (1981).

Tatum O'Neal in International Velvet 1978
Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol in Lilttle Darlings 1980
Tatum O'Neal in 1980

In 1984, Tatum would guest star in her first TV series appearance in Faerie Tale Theatre with Shelley Duvall, Hoyt Axton, Carole King, John Lithgow, and Alex Karras (1984).  She would go on to star in Certain Fury co-starring Irene Cara, Nicholas Campbell, George Murdock, Moses Gunn, and Peter Fonda (1985); CBS Schoolbreak Special: 15 and Getting Straight co-starring David Birney, Drew Barrymore, Corey Feldman, and Monica Calhoun (1989); Little Noises co-starring Crispin Glover and Nina Siemaszko (1992); and Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story aka Woman on the Run co-starring Bruce Greenwood, Kenneth Welsh, and Peggy McCay (1993).  Tatum would finish out the '90s with Basquiat co-starring Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Claire Forlani, Benicio Del Toro, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Parker Posey, Gary Oldman, and Courtney Love (1996).

Tatum O'Neal and then husband tennis pro John McEnroe 1985.  They divorced in 1992.

After a six year hiatus from the entertainment arena after her mother passed away, O'Neal landed the lead role in The Scoundrel's Wife aka The Home Front co-starring Julian Sands, Lacey Chabert, and Tim Curry in 2002.  She would continue her momentum and star in The Technical Writer co-starring Michael Harris, William Forsythe, Pamela Gordon, Oksana Lada, Natasha Novak, and Jackie Nova (2003); Sex and the City starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis (2003); 8 Simple Rules starring Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers, David Spade, and James Garner (2004); and Law & Order: Criminal Intent starring Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Courtney B. Vance, Jamey Sheridan, and Leslie Hendrix (2004).

Tatum O'Neal and Julian Sands in The Scoundrel's Wife

Tatum O'Neal looking gorgeous in 2003
Sexy Tatum O'Neal circa mid 2000s

In 2005, Tatum landed the role of dual role of Maggie and Tammy Gavin on the TV show Rescue Me co-starring Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Daniel Sunjata, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, and Callie Thorne.  O'Neal would play the role through 2010.

Tatum O'Neal and Denis Leary in the TV show Rescue Me

During her run on Rescue Me, Tatum also managed to land the lead role of Blythe Hunter on the TV show Wicked Wicked Games in 2006.  She co-starred with David Smith, Jessie Ward, Tanja Reichert, Femi Emiola, and Kate French.  She played the role for 51 episodes until the show ended in 2007.

Tatum O'Neal appeared Dancing with the Stars in 2006

Tatum O'Neal and the cast of Wicked Wicked Games in 2006
Tatum O'Neal in 2007

While doing these shows O'Neal was also busy starring in My Brother co-starring Vanessa Williams, Nashawn Kearse, and Christopher Scott (2006); Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal co-starring Jenna Dewan, Ashley Benson, Aimee Spring Fortier, Jessica Heap, Stephanie Honore, Ashlynn Ross, and Jason Davis (2008); Saving Grace B. Jones co-starring Michael Biehn, Penelope Ann Miller, Evie Thompson, and Piper Laurie (2009); Last Will co-starring Tom Berenger, Patrick Muldoon, Peter Coyote, Shawn Huff, and James Brolin (2010); and The Runaways co-starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, and Scout Taylor-Compton (2010).

Tatum O'Neal and daughter Emily McEnroe circa mid 2000s

Nashawn Kearse and Tatum O'Neal in My Brother 2006
Tatum O'Neal in 2009
Tatum O'Neal and the cast of The Runaways in 2010

We will be seeing Tatum O'Neal in upcoming releases such as Sweet Lorraine co-starring Steven Bauer, Peter Greene, Julianne Michelle, Robyn Peterson, Toni Romano, and Jimmie Walker; Mr. Sophistication co-starring Rick Fox, Gina Torres, Robert Patrick, and Monique Gabriela Curnen; and Night at the Carriage House with possible co-stars Josie Davis, Lukas Haas, Roxanne Hart, and Julianne Michelle.

Tatum O'Neal now

Tatum O'Neal 2010

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