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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Good pacing, great storytelling, and a nice ending. - Goodreads
Well written though by what I assume is a ghost writer. - Goodreads
HIghly recommended...I promise it is a PAGE TURNER! - Goodreads
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As far as writing goes, this book sucks. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Ruby Hollyberry - Goodreads

Poor girl, I suspect she had the potential to be a much greater actress than she was, but not super smart and pretty much crippled by neglect and a total lack of education. As a fan of Bones, I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

In reading this book, I kept questioning how one would survive everything she had gone through- you name it, it happened. She overcame immense odds against her. I do want to read her ex-husband's ... 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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