by Vicki Hyman/The Star-LedgerMonday August 03, 2009, 10:02 AM
Ryan O’Neal, reputedly so brokenhearted over longtime love Farrah Fawcett’s death from cancer, didn’t recognize estranged daughter Tatum and hit on her at Fawcett’s funeral last month. What’s even more shocking? He admitted it.
“I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me,” Ryan says in the September issue of Vanity Fair. “I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me — Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”
What’s even more shocking? Tatum O’Neal laughs it off. “That’s our relationship in a nutshell,” she says. “You make of it what you will. It had been a few years since we’d seen each other, and he was always a ladies’ man, a bon vivant.”
Though the two starred together in “Paper Moon” when Tatum was a kid, they became estranged when she was a teenager and he moved in with Fawcett, though Tatum says she doesn’t blame Fawcett for their estrangement.she says. (“I truly thought Farrah was inspirational and beautiful and kind.”)
They’ve had a rough relationship ever since then: Her 2004 memoir, “A Paper Life,” in which she describes her father as abusive and neglectful, didn’t help matters any, and she also sided with her brother Griffin after Griffin and his father fought at Ryan O’Neal’s Malibu home in 2007. Ryan O’Neal was arrested in the incident, but charges were later dropped.
Griffin O’Neal, who was reportedly banned from Fawcett’s funeral is still nursing a grudge; he tells Vanity Fair that his father only stuck by Fawcett during her illness because he wanted a stake in her will. “It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as she found out she was terminal. I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass.”
Here are some HIGHlights:
On making advances toward his estranged daughter, Tatum, after funeral of longtime love, Farrah Fawcett:
“I had just put the casket in the hearse and was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me. I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me — Tatum! I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”
“That’s our relationship in a nutshell . . . You make of it what you will. It had been a few years since we’d seen each othe. And he was always a ladies’ man, a bon vivant.
If he’s sorry he had children:
“A couple of them I would take back. I don’t think I was supposed to be a father. Just look around at my work — they’re either in jail or they should be. I’m not in touch with them now. And I’ve never been happier.”
“She wrote a book — bitch! How dare she throw our laundry in the street for money!”
Is that anything like “throwing your laundry in the street” for Vanity Fair?!
On son, Griffin:
“I hate him!”
My father is a “narcissistic psychopath” who tried to make money off Farrah’s death. “All those crocodile tears! I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass. My dad’s only goal was to make sure he would be in the will. It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as he found out she was terminal . . . Ryan thought he was going to get everything.”
“I wish I could do it over with [her]. I would have been much kinder, more understanding, more mature. I’d lose some of the savagery.”
Sean Garrity has cancer. His awful mother and obnoxious brother came to help him through his surgery. However, he’d be better off with nobody. His brother is a loser and his mother thinks the brother is the “smartest man” ever! They treat Sean, a fireman, as if HE’S the loser. It’s a very disturbing family dimension.
After surgery, Sean was in a coma. Why? So we can be privileged to dream sequences of him singing and dancing. Very uncomfortable to watch and totally out-of-character for Sean to be on Broadway and singing poorly.
During his last hallucination, he wakes up to Uncle Teddy smothering him. Uncle Teddy thinks he’s now the “angel of death” and is willing to relieve any sick person of their suffering, whether they want it or not.
After Uncle Teddy tells Sean that his ex-wife, Maggie, will be visiting, he says, “Get the pillow.”
When Maggie visits, Sean’s brother drools over her like a jr. high school boy. Maggie wants to make peace with Sean because she thinks he’s going to die. She wants to blow him.
It seems that Steven Pasquale, who plays Sean, has a music career. I wouldn’t have known it by his debut during his coma.
Tommy is in the bar because Lou thinks he’s going to get some with his con woman. Boring story. I love Lou but I hate this woman and don’t trust her. Watching him fall for her again is painful. I’d rather watch Lou and Tommy fight or have Lou get involved with Maggie. (yeah, that’s a good one!)
Of course, Tommy starts drinking and sees Conner, Johnny, His dad, and Jimmy.
His dad makes a point of telling Tommy that the only thing he feels is fire and heat. So, Tommy takes a blow-torch to his inner thigh (well, wouldn’t you??). After he does it and is in pain, he calls Sheila for help. She patches him up and says that she’s so disgusted with his injury that she will NEVER have sex with him again. Then they have sex. I think it was anal because it looked painful for both of them. Whatever.
One of the things I love about this show is the reality of the portrayal of family and addiction. Everybody in the Gavin Clan is addicted to something or someone. They all have a dysfunction that is self-destructive both physically and emotionally, yet I still love Tommy and hope the best for his character. He seems like he has no redeeming qualities but when he saw the children in the cancer ward he was the one to walk through the door and play with them.
Denis Leary’s acting surprises me. I first started liking him when he did stand-up many years ago. Then he did the movie The Ref, which I watched with my brother. I also loved Judgement Night and I had a hint of the great acting to come. Denis’s character in Judgment Night was creepy, scary and “stayed with me” for a few days. I needed watch some of his stand-up to get his negative image out of my brain. That movie freaks me out. It’s like a bad dream – – I guess they call those “nightmares!”
Anybody watching this season? I love Tommy, played by Denis Leary, and the whole dysfunctional Gavin clan. The guys in the firehouse crack me up. Franco is sexy as hell and I love that he’s delving into the conspiracy theories of 9/11. A few episodes ago some cops came and and they had an all out brawl because of Franco, Daniel Sunjata, questioning what the public has been shown about 9/11.
Tommy said, “He may be an asshole, but he’s our asshole.” Then Black Sean proceded to act like an idiot until some cop slugged him. Rumble on.
Tatum O’Neal is back as Tommy’s sister Maggie and her one scene was hysterical. She’s sitting with some old man. It seems she’s visiting him in an old folks home or hospital. She’s talking, all animated and silly and the old dude starts pleasuring himself underneath the blanket on his lap. She stops talking and says, “Mr. Smith, are you masturbating?” He says yes so she politely turned around and continued her story.
Tommy and Janet went to Katie’s fancy school. They were having dinner with some of the uppity parents who were being the biggest jerks possible. Janet got drunk and started calling the women names. Tommy supported her and they left. Of course they went to a hotel and had sex. Isn’t that what all couples who hate each other do?? eewwww, double ewwww.
I still like them together and I don’t know why. She just seems to “get him” more than anybody and she needs him. Now she’s dating Michael J. Fox who’s character is in a wheelchair and seems to be a bitter drunk.
I hope to write more later. Thanks.