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

By | January 9, 2019

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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.

Tatum O'Neal Played A Lovable Prepubescent Con Artist

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Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon. Source: (bigeddyfilmfest.com)

Tatum O'Neal portrayed Addie Loggins in Paper Moon (1973). O'Neal played opposite her famous father in the now classic movie and was only 8 years old when filming began. Ryan O'Neal portrayed a man who made his living taking advantage of people, and Tatum portrayed a kid turned con artist. Tatum O'Neal won an Academy Award for her role in that film earning her the status of the youngest actor to ever win an award in the history of the Academy, a distinction she still holds. After her stellar performance, she was in high demand in Hollywood.