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

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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]



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