A Paper Life

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Harper Collins, Oct 4, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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A real Hollywood-style tell-all, this is the extremely candid and highly explosive autobiography of one of the movie industry's most talented and troubled young stars.

At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. As the sidekick to her father, the flamboyant star and man-about-town Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities ranging from Cher to Stanley Kubrick among her childhood friends.

Yet behind the glittering façade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, neglect, and drug addiction. She reveals the most intimate secrets of her dysfunctional relationships with her father, Ryan O'Neal, and stepmother, Farrah Fawcett, as well as her alcoholic mother, Joanna Moore, and ex-husband, tennis pro John McEnroe.

After the collapse of her marriage and with 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.


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Well written though by what I assume is a ghost writer. - Goodreads
HIghly recommended...I promise it is a PAGE TURNER! - Goodreads
This was a page turner. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Boris - Goodreads

Not as bad as I thought it would be. A narrative of a miserable childhood surrounded by drug and alcohol addled and violent psychopath parents and their fellow-traveler drug addict, child molesting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shona - Goodreads

Great read, finished in 2 days. This lady is definitely a role model for anyone who's faced abuse in their lives to show you can get through it. Read full review

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The youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award®, Tatum O'Neal has been a public figure for the last three decades. An actress, author, and the mother of three children, she makes her home in Los Angeles, California.

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