Fast Facts

  • Charmed director Peter Bogdanovich and was cast as a scrappy orphan opposite her father Ryan O'Neal in 1973's Paper Moon, a role that led to her becoming the youngest actor to win an Oscar.
  • Received over $300,000 (a record for a child actor of the time) to appear in 1976's Bad News Bears.
  • After marrying tennis star John McEnroe in 1986, her acting career stalled while she focused on being a wife and mother.
  • Wrote about her tumultuous childhood, her battles with alcohol and drug addictions, her volatile marriage, and her troubled relationship with her father in her 2004 memoir A Paper Life.
  • Found renewed career success with appearances on television shows including HBO's Sex and the City and FX's Rescue Me.


  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner


  • Joanna Moore — Mother
  • Redmond O'Neal — Half Brother
  • Patrick O'Neal — Half Brother
  • Kevin McEnroe — Son
  • John McEnroe — Ex-husband
  • Ryan O'Neal — Father
  • Griffin O'Neal — Brother
  • Charles O'Neal — Grandfather
  • Sean O'Neal — Son
  • Emily McEnroe — Daughter
  • Patricia O'Neal — Grandmother

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  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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