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A Paper Life
A Paper Life
Author: Tatum O'Neal
At age ten, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. She was hailed as a new kind of child star -- sassy and precocious -- for a hip, cynical age. As the sidekick to her father, the flamboyant star and man-about-town Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060540975
ISBN-10: 0060540974
Publication Date: 10/12/2004
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 101 ratings
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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compkatthewriter avatar reviewed A Paper Life on
Helpful Score: 7
This gal has had a rough life as a child, as an actress, as a daughter, as a wife, I am so glad she is now finally, whewwwwwww, able to have some enjoyment in her life. From her narcissistic non mother, and her eqotistical, violent, wife and girlfriend beating father, Ryan O'Neal, to the people he let abuse her and violate her, to constantly degrading her humanness and accomplishment. To her a*****hole husband, McEnroe, whom we all know what he's like. This woman needs a break. She may have had her digs in, but that's only because she was forced into actions in order to survive amongst the giants of humans in the Hollywood scenes and the 60's and the 70's and the pre-protection of children laws. Hooooooraahhhh for you Tatum. Good autobiography, she's brutally honest with herself and others. A very good read. I didn't put it down but once since I started reading it, and I'm not into bios.
GroovyGlitterGirl avatar reviewed A Paper Life on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
What a tortured life she led, how bizarre a childhood... who would have thought that the "poor little rich girl" would have struggled so hard. A great read that also makes you madas hell at her parents.
tnlmorris avatar reviewed A Paper Life on
Helpful Score: 4
great, but sad book. makes you very sad for the little girl who grew up with a violent idiot for a father and then went off and married the same kind of man
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked the honesty of this book. I think Tatum definately has some issues but she has taken responsibility for some of it.
Enjoyable and interesting read.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a really good book. I enjoyed every minute of it. It's one of those books that you can hardly put down. I read it in one day! I would recommend it to anyone who likes autobiographies.
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sunflowerpast avatar reviewed A Paper Life on
Excellent good insight on both abusive men such as her Father and ex-husband John McEnroe.
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What a sad life!
murder101 avatar reviewed A Paper Life on
This is a very good book it's about Tatum O'Neal but it also talks about her father&brothers and many other hollywood personas,a really interesting story especially her marriage to tennis player John McEnroe.
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Just awesome. Quite shocking account of Tatum O'Neal's "paper" life. Her comments about her father, Ryan O'Neal are quite disturbing!