Tatum Beatrice O’Neal was born on 5 November 1963, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an author and actress, best known for being the youngest person to ever win an Academy Award in a competitive category. Many others also know her for being Michael Jackson’s first girlfriend. Her various exploits in acting have led to where her net worth is today.
How rich is Tatum O’Neal? As of early-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $500,000, mostly acquired through a relatively successful career in acting. She spent a good portion of her youth acting in films and television. She also made an autobiography that helped increase her wealth.
Tatum O’Neal Net Worth $500,000
Tatum is the daughter of actors Ryan O’Neal and Joanna Moore. Despite her parents divorcing three years after she was born, Tatum still became very involved with acting and even starred with her father in her first film, “Paper Moons”, filmed when she was nine years old, with her performance as the child con artist Addie Loggins earning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the youngest person to ever achieve such an award. She was also awarded the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year – Actress. Her net worth was well set.
O’Neal then continued her success starring in other productions like “The Bad News Bears”, “Nickelodeon”, and “International Velvet” alongside Anthony Hopkins. During the 1980s she was also seen in “Little Darlings”, “Circle of Two”, and the “Faerie Tale Theatre” episode entitled “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.
After her multiple appearances, Tatum appear less in films, and only had five roles in the next 15 years. By the year 2000, she had started to focus more on television, and made appearances in series like “Sex and the City”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, and “Rescue Me”. She also appeared in “Dancing with the Stars” during 2006, and in the television drama “Wicked Wicked Games”.
Aside from film and television, Tatum also worked on her autobiography which revealed some surprising details about her life. It tells about how she was molested by her father’s drug dealer, and how she was abused by her father both physically and emotionally. She even spoke about her heroin addiction, which derailed her career. The claims in the book were denied by her father, stating that most of them were lies that were only meant to produce sales. In 2011, Tatum wrote and released a set of memoirs called “Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home”.
As for her personal life, it is known that she dated Michael Jackson in the 1970s as the relationship was widely covered by the media. By 1984, it was discovered that O’Neal was in a relationship with tennis player John McEnroe, and the couple married two years later. They have three children, but separated in 1992 and divorced two years later. In 2011, Tatum reformed and repaired the broken relationship she had with her father and it was shown in a short lived series on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She’s also stated that she dates women, but doesn’t identify with a gender trope.
Michael Jackson claimed she was his first girlfriend and by all accounts his first big love. Tatum denies this in her autobiography, saying all that happened was that he briefly kissed her without permission when she was 12 and he was 17.