Ryan O'Neal Fails To Recognize Paper Moon Co-Star/Daughter At Funeral


Well, this tidbit buried in the Vanity Fair cover story about Farrah Fawcett -- an anecdote recounted by Ryan O'Neal in an attempt at illustrating what "a hopeless father" he is -- was enough to make me recoil in horror:

"I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me," Ryan told me. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me - Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick."

They asked Tatum to respond:

"That's our relationship in a nutshell," Tatum said when I asked her about it. "You make of it what you will." She sighed. "It had been a few years since we'd seen each other, and he was always a ladies' man, a bon vivant."

OK. I got nothing. Time to send over a recent headshot accompanied by a 1-800 Flowers "Forget Me Not, Dad" bouquet? Also, Ryan should play a flash-forward Thomas Jane on Hung.

· Leslie Bennetts on Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal: "Beautiful People, Ugly Choices" [Vanity Fair]


  • it came from the tar pits says:

    This is so depressing it makes me want to move back to the midwest. At least when fathers hit on daughters there, it's intentional.

  • Strepsi says:

    Jesus, that story was creepy.
    Beyond the creeps-per-minute of
    - he's hitting on someone at. the. funeral.
    - he's hitting one someone at. the. hearse.
    - that someone is. his. daughter.
    There's still the tragic element of
    - Whose best opening line is, "You have a drink on you? You have a car?"

  • Seth Abramovitch says:

    Thanks for voicing all the things I was too icked-out to say.

  • yarmulke says:

    I hear that's similar to how Woody Allen hooked up with his wife. Heyo!

  • gwendemarco says:

    And he wonders why all his kids are drug addicts.

  • stolidog says:

    maybe this was really his way of criticizing her for all that plastic surgery.

  • Juancho says:

    "Sweetie, didn't we once do a line together off Grace Jones's clavicle at Studio 54?"

  • Lowbrow says:

    No sorry Tatum, he's not a bon vivant. He's a deviant.

  • Old No.7 says:

    Dear Mr O'Neal,
    Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
    Papa Joe Simpson

  • Victor Ward says:

    Call me old fashioned, but I only date people after I've confirmed they have a drink, a car, and a 401K.

  • metroville says:

    It's Tatum's fault for seeming all...Swedish. (?)

  • bodie&doyle4ever says:

    ick & gross...he's like permanent tongue fur