More Tatum O'Neal Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Scoundrel's Wife)At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest person to ever win an Oscar (as well as a Golden Globe) as the tough-talking, cigarette-smoking orphan in Paper Moon. She followed that up with the hit comedy, The Bad News Bears, then Nickelodeon. In the horse racing drama International Velvet, she reprised a role played by Elizabeth Taylor a generation earlier.
But in her early twenties, Tatum left the screen to have children (Kevin, 15; Sean, 13; and Emily, 10). A very public break-up with her husband, bad-boy tennis star John McEnroe, and rumors of substance abuse became fodder for the tabloids.
After such a long absence, finding the right vehicle to return to the screen was not an easy choice for O'Neal. It was the timeless quality of the role she would play in The Scoundrel's Wife that appealed to her and ensured her participation in the project.
The movie marks Tatum O'Neal's first feature film role in a decade (though she earned good reviews for the lead in the 1993 TV movie Woman on the Run and had a cameo in Julian Schnabel's critically acclaimed 1996 Basquiat.).
Bio courtesy Overseas Filmgroup/First Look Pictures for "The Scoundrel's Wife" (01-Oct-2002)