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Tatum O'Neal

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  • I've stood my ground in life, alone, even against overwhelming forces with the might and money to crush me.

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  • I have a temper, but I wouldn't call me abusive.

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  • I've overcome neglect and deprivation, abandonment and abuse.

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  • I've triumphed over addiction.

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  • The more love I craved, the more distant and abusive he grew. The role I longed to play was never written into Ryan's script: daughter.

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  • Paper Moon didn't bring me love.

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  • Ryan finally came to my rescue. He'd thought working together in Paper Moon would help us bond.

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  • As Peter Bogdanovich would say of Paper Moon: Ryan's wonderful in it, and he sat there and watched the kid steal the picture.

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  • I think all of us feel like we're a bit on show, all the time.

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  • Things get so sloppy when you're under the influence.

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  • I was punished for blowing the whistle on my father's lifestyle.

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  • My children forgave me at a time when I could barely forgive myself.

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  • Griffin, my brother, 11 months younger, was sometimes the victim of my father's fury - once Ryan famously knocked out his teeth.

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  • I've purged myself of bitterness and anger and remained open to love.

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  • Things with my dad were pretty good until I won an Academy Award. He was really loving to me until I got more attention than he did. Then he hated me.

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  • Certain struggles never end.

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  • I felt privileged to be a facet of such a jewel in the crown of American cinema.

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  • I remained Ryan's companion on the Hollywood party circuit, growing inured to sex and drugs before I was in my teens.

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  • Ryan is my bridge to the past, to memories that lose some of their sting when he recounts them.

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  • I do take responsibility for it. I admit to having a problem. I have been to numerous treatment centers.

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  • When someone was hitting me, or like sexually molesting me, it just seemed normal to continue to do that to myself.

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  • I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard. There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me.

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  • I've overcome physical and mental brutality - and fought back.

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