Tatum O’Neal, 10-Year-Old Oscar Winner And Bad News Bear: Then And Now

By Rebeka Knott
Kristy McNichol (left) and Tatum O'Neal in the 1980 film 'Little Darlings.' (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Tatum O'Neal's performances in Paper Moon (1973) and The Bad News Bears (1976), films she made before turning 13 years old, made her a child star, a critically acclaimed actress and America's young sweetheart. O'Neal was born in 1963, to actors Ryan O’Neal and Joanna Moore, and clearly had acting in her blood. Like many child stars, O'Neal has lived a life of well-documented highs and lows: critical acclaim, addiction, estrangement from family, and a volatile high-profile marriage (to tennis star John McEnroe). Former child star Tatum O'Neal has always fascinated the American public, and continues to do so today.