Published January 14, 2015
Ryan O’Neal hit on his own daughter at partner Farrah Fawcett’s funeral in June.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor says he didn’t recognize the “beautiful blond woman” – who happened to be his daughter Tatum O’Neal – who embraced him at Fawcett’s funeral.
“I had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me … I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said ‘Daddy, it’s me – Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”
Tatum, for her part, did not seem to be bothered by the encounter.
“That’s our relationship in a nutshell," she told Vanity Fair. "You make of it what you will. It had been a few years since we’d seen each other and he was always a ladies’ man, a bon vivant.”
O’Neal also admitted that a brief affair he had during a break with Fawcett was a “replacement” for his estranged daughter.
Of his relationship with Leslie Stefanson, an actress who was half his age at the time, he said: “I was lucky enough to meet this young girl. She was more of a daughter to me than a lover, and my own daughter had flown the coop, so here was this replacement.”
Tatum O’Neal was 16 when her father moved in with Fawcett, which she said took a long time for her to get over. In a 2004 memoir, she said she wouldn’t do that to her kids but that she didn’t blame Fawcett, whom she called “inspirational, beautiful and kind.”
Vanity Fair is available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on August 5 and nationwide on August 11.