Barbra Streisand leads tributes to the ‘funny and charming’ Ryan O’Neal

Dec 10, 2023
The post quickly garnered an outpouring of support from Streisand's followers, who joined her in celebrating O'Neal's legacy. Source: Getty Images.

As the entertainment world continues to reel from the passing of Love Story star Ryan O’Neal, iconic singer and actress Barbra Streisand has taken to social media to deliver a moving tribute to her former co-star.

In the wake of O’Neal’s passing at the age of 82, Streisand reflected on their shared cinematic journey as well as their friendship.

Streisand’s heartfelt post not only featured a touching tribute to O’Neal but also offered a nostalgic glance back at their collaborative moments on film.

Alongside her words of admiration, Streisand shared a snapshot capturing a cherished moment from the set of What’s Up, Doc? which premiered in 1972— symbolising the enduring connection between the two Hollywood legends.

“So sad to hear the news of Ryan O’Neal’s passing. We made two films together, What’s Up, Doc? and The Main Event. He was funny and charming, and he will be remembered,” she wrote.


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The post quickly garnered an outpouring of support from Streisand’s followers, who joined her in celebrating O’Neal’s legacy.

“One of favorite all time movies! My Dad passed last week too and he laughed so hard at this movie! Thank you so much for the movie,” one fan wrote.

“Love your book and the very warm and inspiring chapter you wrote about your relationship and working with Ryan.”

“I will always remember him in the bow tie and boxer shorts…iconic,” commented another.

“So very sad. What’s Up Doc is one of my all time favorite movies. My go to comfort movie when times are rough. You both were amazing together.”

Streisand joins a sea of fellow celebrities and fans who delivered a torrent of heartfelt tributes as news broke of O’Neal’s passing.

As the tributes continue to pour in, it is evident that O’Neal’s impact on the world of entertainment was profound.

O’Neal’s impact on the entertainment industry began when he soared to prominence with a lead role on the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place (1964-69).

O’Neal’s silver screen debut in 1969’s The Big Bounce, alongside then-wife Leigh Taylor-Young, was a prelude to his meteoric ascent with Love Story, the 1970 romantic melodrama that not only solidified his status as a Hollywood heavyweight but also garnered seven Oscar nominations, clinching the win for Best Music.

Collaborating with director Peter Bogdanovich, O’Neal showcased his versatility, portraying a bumbling professor opposite Barbra Streisand in the 1972 screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? The following year, he delivered a captivating performance in Paper Moon, a Depression-era con artist comedy where he played an unscrupulous Bible salesman opposite his real-life daughter, Tatum, who earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

O’Neal is survived by his four children Tatum, Griffin, Redmond, and Patrick.

-with AAP.

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