Tatum O'neal hates to recall her childhood because she was the most
miserable little girl.
While the public saw her as a young OSCAR-winner with money, talent, fame
and celebrities for parents - Ryan O'Neal and JOANNA COOK MOORE, the Paper Moon
star was a hellraiser in desperate need of love, attention and supervision.
O'Neal, who has just detailed her terrible upbringing in new book A PAPER
LIFE, admits no one saw the abuse she and her brother GRIFFIN had to endure as
their young lives spiralled out of control.
She says, "When I was a little girl, what people didn't know about me was
I was really lonely, I needed a lot of love and that I probably didn't get that
"My mother was on speed. My mother was beating us, her boyfriend was
beating us, we were getting sexually abused. I was running away every day. I
wasn't in school. I was a tiny little girl who needed to be supervised, who
"I would just be running around, drinking everyone's alcohol and fell
asleep on the bathroom floor, probably in my own vomit."