Tatum O'Neal Quotes


Things with my dad were pretty good until I won an Academy Award. He was really loving to me until I got more attention than he did. Then he hated me.

I've overcome neglect and deprivation abandonment and abuse.

I have a temper but I wouldn't call me abusive.

The more love I craved the more distant and abusive he grew. The role I longed to play was never written into Ryan's script: daughter.

I've purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.

I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard. There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me.

I've triumphed over addiction.

I've stood my ground in life alone even against overwhelming forces with the might and money to crush me.

Ryan finally came to my rescue. He'd thought working together in Paper Moon would help us bond.

I was punished for blowing the whistle on my father's lifestyle.

I've overcome physical and mental brutality - and fought back.

Griffin my brother 11 months younger was sometimes the victim of my father's fury - once Ryan famously knocked out his teeth.

My children forgave me at a time when I could barely forgive myself.

Ryan is my bridge to the past to memories that lose some of their sting when he recounts them.

Paper Moon didn't bring me love.

I think all of us feel like we're a bit on show all the time.

Certain struggles never end.

I felt privileged to be a facet of such a jewel in the crown of American cinema.

I remained Ryan's companion on the Hollywood party circuit growing inured to sex and drugs before I was in my teens.

When someone was hitting me or like sexually molesting me it just seemed normal to continue to do that to myself.

Things get so sloppy when you're under the influence.

As Peter Bogdanovich would say of Paper Moon: Ryan's wonderful in it and he sat there and watched the kid steal the picture.