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Ryan O'Neal: Keeping It In the Family a la Woody Allen and Morgan Freeman?

Ryan_O'Neal_Tatum_young Once, we had Woody Allen and his love for the 35-years-younger Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Allen's long-time love Mia Farrow, who discovered the affair when she found naked photographs of Soon-Yi in Woody's apartment. Previn and Allen married in 1997. Surprise!

Then, we had Morgan Freeman, who was rumoured to be in a relationship with his wife's granddaughter E'Dena Hines, 45 years his junior.  The rumour was that he had been stepping out on his wife of 25 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, with her granddaughter which they were raising together. Apparently, though, that is all just rumour, which is awesome, because ew. He changed her diapers.

Now we have reports that Ryan O'Neal hit on his own daughter, Tatum O'Neal, at Farrah Fawcett's funeral, the woman with whom he spent 29 years.


Ryan O'Neal did not recognize his own daughter, Tatum, at Farrah's funeral, instead mistaking her for "...a strange Swedish woman..." with whom he tried to flirt. He walked up to her and asked if she had both a drink and a car for him, which prompted Tatum to explain to him who she was. Both have been forthcoming about the incident and have discussed it publicly.

Granted, the father and daughter have been estranged for years, and Tatum's looks have changed considerably over the years since her Little Darlings days, but the whole incident still rings with a whole lot of ick-factor.

Tatum, showing a whole lot of class, had this to say about it: "It had been a few years since we'd seen each other, and he was always a ladies' man, a bon vivant."

What strikes me as curious is our obsession with the older-man-dating-younger-woman-of-some-family-relation scenario.  Woody was not the adoptive father of Soon-Yi and did not share the same house, but we glom onto the glancing pedophilia aspect like piranhas on a stranded cow. Morgan Freeman is not marrying the girl to whom he has been daddy by marriage since she was tiny, but we sucked on that one for all it was worth. And now, Ryan O'Neal's face is all over the tabloids for hitting on someone that he did not think was his daughter.

What's up?

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It's not so much that he hit on his daughter. It's that he hit on someone at the love of his life's funeral.

Fawn Amber

Right?? Dude...
And I'd like to think my OWN FATHER would recognize me too and, maybe, would rather even be watching for me at such an event and be able to put two and two together. But damn.


Believe me, that has not gone unnoticed.

I decided not to touch on that, though, because loved ones can behave in what seems like strange ways after death after a long illness. A lot of the mourning has already happened prior to even the death itself.

Still, though, what a jerk.

Jennifer H

What PomJob said.


Best. Inappropriate. Move. Ever.


Wow, and I thought he was a little off before.


Hardcore drunks do that shit all the time.
Father of the year...


Yeah I have never been a fan. He's a terrible father, was a terrible husband or boyfriend or whatever, and is generally a terrible person. It's pretty well documented, so his whole "boo hoo Farrah's dying" bullshit has really gotten on my nerves. One more way he could be in the spotlight.


Ick. Ick. Ick.


* shuddering uncontrollably *

Katie Kat

Yeah... ISH ICKY YUCK DISGUSTING. I don't care if he was stone drunk because he was mourning Farrah, hitting on someone at a funeral is beyond wrong in the first place - DOUBLY wrong when it's the funeral of the love of your life/fiance, and COMPLETELY OUT THE BALLPARK WRONG when it's your daughter you hit on.


Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

Ew. Ew.

I can't even begin to pick the thing that bothers me the most about this.


Wrong on so many levels, but why would he tell this on his self???? Not only is a he creep, he clearly has no brain.


That is so true. Terminal illnesses cause a sort of mourning process to begin before actual death occurs. We were all up in arms when my best friends dad practically brought a date to the funeral for his wife of 30+ years.

But you have to think, she had cancer for the last 5yrs with vigorus chemo rounds plus surgeries and the year she died, she was so frail, and unlike herself; it's hard to imagine that she able to give much to the marriage relationship. It's understandable he grieved to a degree prior to her actual death, but it's still incredibly shocking to everyone else.

I have nothing to say about someone not even recognizing their own daughter. That just blows my gourd to pieces.

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