A Paper Life

A Paper Life

Book - 2004
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At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. She was hailed as a new kind of child star -- sassy and precocious -- for a hip, cynical age. 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.

But behind the glittering facade of Tatum's life lay heartbreak: abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Her alcoholic mother, the actress Joanna Moore, drifted in and out of her life. Her father, saddled with both Tatum and her brother Griffin, grew increasingly punishing and distant, especially after moving in with his longtime love, Farrah Fawcett. By her late teens, Tatum -- though a working actress with ten movies to her credit -- had begun a perilous slide into self-destruction.

Then, just before her twenty-first birthday, Tatum met the man who would become her husband: the explosive tennis great John McEnroe. They had three children, Kevin, Sean, and Emily, in quick succession, followed by one of the messiest high-profile divorces on record. With the collapse of her marriage and no real family to turn to, Tatum succumbed to the demons of her past, which 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.

A Paper Life is a story of strength and courage: unflinchingly honest, yet poignant, often funny, and unfailingly uplifting. It is a tale of triumph steeped in Hollywood lore -- and an inspiring testament to the healing power of love.

Publisher: New York : HarperEntertainment, 2004.
ISBN: 9780060540975
Characteristics: xii, 285 pages, [32] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


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Jun 23, 2015

Another child suffering parental abuse from dysfunctional parents, yet Tatum still wants that connection to her mom and dad. That yields more dysfunctional humans. I think the connection to her children saved her life. Perhaps required reading for all couples about to get married?Great book.

drofdeb Sep 30, 2013

This book is far better than "Found", I wonder if her Dad Ryan O'Neil was really as bad a father as she described in this book?. This is a very interesting read, but the book is really a sad, sad story. 4 out of 5 stars ****

Oct 08, 2011

A tragic story about a famous family. It felt like Tatum wrote this as quickly as she could and then wanted to be done with it. There are some inaccuracies and it left me feeling I'd like to hear the other side of the story.
Interesting read.

Jul 12, 2011

Ryan O'Neal takes the prize for the worst Hollywood father ever! Tatum had courage to write this, but I think she wrote it too soon before she had fully comprehended the disaster that was her early life.

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