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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatum O'Neal Narrator: Tatum O'Neal Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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At age 10, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. As the sidekick to her father, Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities among her childhood friends.

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

Then Tatum met the man who would become her husband: the explosive tennis great John McEnroe. They had three children 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 that 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/20/2014

    " Makes me want to write a book of my own. To know that everyone does have a hard time with life. I like her strength and courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 2/6/2014

    " Rough life... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/3/2014

    " An incredible story by an incredible woman. Such tragedy and triumph I have never read about. Tatum O'Neal's "A Paper Life" has been the most heart-wrenching and intensifying autobiography I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci Gowdar | 2/1/2014

    " i did enjoy this book. i felt a little underwhelmed by it. i think because i heard her speak about it on howard stern and because i have seen the new show on t.v. i felt like i knew all she was taking about. because i like tatum and she is so cute and it's a quick summer read it was time well spent ! on to the next book :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smcaron Yahoocom | 1/20/2014

    " Quick beach read. If even half of the stuff she accuses her mother, father and John McEnroe is true her survival is still amazing. I got addicted to the own channel show where tatum and Ryan try to heal the rift via a reality show. Stunned that it didn't work. Not! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 1/14/2014

    " Hands down the juiciest, no-holds-barred celebrity memoir of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Klinges | 1/1/2014

    " Couldn't put this one down. She had a hell of a life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/17/2013

    " Well written, interesting memoir. Her family has a lot of addiction issues and she continues to struggle, as evidenced with a recent relapse. Interesting to hear about the making of Paper Moon and her experience at the Oscars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Harrow | 12/15/2013

    " Agree with previous reviews, shocking and tragic. It does make you wonder if some of the "facts" are just the perception of a very troubled girl. My main thought thru this book was there are always two sides to a story, and then there is the truth. Sad, nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacey | 11/4/2013

    " I could not read 1 more page of her "poor me" book* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Ng | 10/24/2013

    " I listen to the audiobook for story and I really enjoyed it. I read it a few back. I like autobiographies about real life people. Tatum didn't hold anything about her father, brother,Farrah faccett who was married to her father. John machenro that she was married to and her drug use. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 10/18/2013

    " Tatum's biography goes to show you that things aren't always as they seem. A tough childhood, yes, but as one grows older they must take responsibility for their own actions - especially after having a family of their own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Melloan-ruiz | 10/4/2013

    " Perfect for when you throw out your back and have nothing else to do "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 4/12/2013

    " Hollywood child, crappy parents, drugs, alcohol, blah blah blah. I was reading this in bed last night and husband looked at the cover and said "is she the one who had sex with her dad?" No, but all these celebrity-child bios follow the same narrative arc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/12/2012

    " She's crazy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 10/5/2012

    " Holy crap. If you think YOU had a rough childhood, read this woman's book. She's totally likeable. Thanks to the person who left it in my laundry room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 7/7/2012

    " I'm addicted to celebrity memoirs and what I liked best about this one is that Tatum seemed to take ownership for the bad choices she's made in her life, in spite of experiencing a totally screwed up childhood with selfish, narcissistic parents. Good for her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klusch | 6/28/2012

    " Shocking and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/2/2012

    " this was a good read, lots of hollywood insight, no wonder she is soo screwed up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 11/30/2011

    " Unapologetic. Brutally honest. What a horrifying childhood! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Saja | 9/11/2011

    " I wanted to beat her ass for whinning so much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 4/24/2011

    " Tatum O'Neal's autobiography was very disturbing. If you believe everything she writes, it's amazing she's still alive to tell her tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/12/2011

    " After reading McEnroe's book, I had to hear the other side of the story. I'm really glad I did, although I don't think I would have enjoyed this nearly as much had I not read McEnroe's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/25/2011

    " I'm a fan of memoirs and I enjoyed reading about her life as she saw it. Seems to be an ongoing theme when child actors from the 70's and 80's write books: the drugs were everywhere and the parents were nowhere to be found. It was a good, quick read. Wonder if I should read John McEnroes now? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 3/4/2011

    " Poor Me, Poor Me, Pour me another one....almost in the end pages and find this tedious. Everyone is to blame. Waiting to see if the redemption, hope, etc. comes. Not hopeful it will. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna | 11/6/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. Extremely easy to get through since her life was so filled with upheaval. Whether it be her childhood with her mother or her marriage. It was definitely eye opening and almost a psychological drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 9/15/2010

    " I have a bizarre and morbid curiosity with certain train wrecks ...This is one of them ...OMG..... l feel for her as to the life she was raised in but l suppose at what age do we take accountability. ?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/11/2010

    " I'm addicted to celebrity memoirs and what I liked best about this one is that Tatum seemed to take ownership for the bad choices she's made in her life, in spite of experiencing a totally screwed up childhood with selfish, narcissistic parents. Good for her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/2/2010

    " Couldn't put this one down. She had a hell of a life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/17/2010

    " Another celebrity who didn't stand a chance, with a messed up family and screwed up values. I'll never be able to look at her father in a movie again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 7/12/2010

    " Hollywood child, crappy parents, drugs, alcohol, blah blah blah. I was reading this in bed last night and husband looked at the cover and said "is she the one who had sex with her dad?" No, but all these celebrity-child bios follow the same narrative arc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 6/2/2010

    " I do enjoy hearing about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, strangely I hardly know who either Tatum or her tennis player husband are, but it was still interesting. I think I will read more books of this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 5/11/2010

    " Tatum had such an awful childhood. It reminded me of Clara Bow's, which is bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 3/3/2010

    " This story shows that God did not design us humans for the celebrity status young actors achieve so early. She exposes the Hollywood life--drugs, and more drugs for what it is. Parents are always absent partying, so the children are left on their own to throw their own wild parties. "

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