Tatum O’Neal, acclaimed actress and daughter of the late Ryan O’Neal, has broken her silence on the passing of her iconic father.
The Hollywood legend left a profound mark on the entertainment industry, and now, as the world mourns his loss, Tatum shares intimate reflections on the man behind the legend.
As the public pay tribute to the silver screen icon on social media, his daughter Tatum took to Instagram herself to share her thoughts and memories, offering a glimpse into the personal side of the man who was not only a cinematic treasure but a loving father.
In the clip, Tatum thanked supporters for their “love and support” while telling viewers her father is “in heaven now.”
“Me & my kids loved you so much, daddy. You’ll forever be in my heart. 🕊️💕 Keep each other close, everyone. Life is a journey,” she wrote alongside the video.
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Tatum’s touching post about her late father sparked an overwhelming wave of love and support from fans.
“They never really leave us. It’s just so very hard to adjust at first. My dad‘s been gone 15 years now and I still feel close to him and I know he watches over me. I can hear him. You’ll see,” one fan wrote.
“Love to you Tatum. Sorry for you loss you worked through a lot together. He’s free now. God bless you.”
“Sending you so much love Tatum,” another commented.
“Deepest condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time.”
Tatum joins the likes of Barbra Streisand as well as fellow celebrities and fans who delivered a torrent of heartfelt tributes as news broke of O’Neal’s passing.
As the tributes continue to flow in, it becomes increasingly apparent that O’Neal left a lasting mark on the realm of entertainment.
O’Neal’s foray into the entertainment industry commenced with a breakthrough role in the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place (1964-69), catapulting him into the spotlight.
His cinematic debut in 1969’s The Big Bounce, co-starring with then-wife Leigh Taylor-Young, foreshadowed his rapid rise with Love Story in 1970. This romantic melodrama not only established him as a heavyweight in Hollywood but also earned seven Oscar nominations, ultimately clinching the Best Music category.
Teaming up with director Peter Bogdanovich, O’Neal exhibited his versatility, portraying a hapless professor alongside Barbra Streisand in the 1972 screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc? The subsequent year, he delivered a spellbinding performance in Paper Moon, a Depression-era comedy featuring a con artist plot where he starred opposite Tatum, who secured an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.