Tatum O’Neal Is Pretty Much Just Dating Women Now, Because Women Are Amazing

Good news for everybody who believes that Everyone is Gay and anybody who considers Little Darlings their root: Tatum O’Neal, the youngest actress to ever win an Academy Award (in 1974, for Paper Moon), tells People magazine that she’s loving the ladies these days, saying that “I like women. I definitely have been dating mostly women recently.” Regarding her sexuality, O’Neal says, “I’m not one or the other.”

Tatum with her Oscar

Tatum and Oscar, 1974

O’Neal sagely informed People Magazine that women are “the most amazing creatures on earth” because they’re “gentle” and “also more intelligent than the men that I’ve met recently.”


Kristy McNichol & Tatum O’Neal being gentle and intelligent

O’Neal, the daughter of legendary actor Ryan O’Neal, starred with her father in Paper Moon, the film that won her an Oscar. She went on to appear in films including The Bad News Bears, International Velvet, Basquiat and The Runaways and TV shows including lead roles on Wicked Wicked Games and Rescue Me and appearances in shows like Sex and the City and Dancing With The Stars. You may also remember her fondly from Little Darlings, which she co-starred in with Kristy McNichol, who came out in 2012.


I know a trick that’d enable both women to win the bet at the same time

Tatum married tennis player John McEnroe in 1986. They have two sons and one daughter, all in their twenties. Following their 1994 divorce and O’Neal’s re-descent into drug addiction, McEnroe gained custody of their children. O’Neal has struggled on and off with drug addiction for a good portion of her life, including a 2008 arrest in Manhattan for purchasing crack-cocaine.

John and Tatum

John and Tatum

She is currently clean and sober and told People Magazine, “I’m the most content I’ve ever been. I’m the proudest mother in the history of the world.”

World's Proudest Mother

World’s Proudest Mother

O’Neal also revealed to People magazine, “I don’t have a steady right now, but I look forward to it.” Gillian Anderson, GET ON IT.

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  1. So great! I never really got to know her career but when she made a cameo at the Oscars 3-5 years ago I remember thinking she was very attractive and should get back into acting. I still do.
    The youngest and the second youngest actress to ever win an Academy Award are both queer!

  2. Gillian Anderson: the perfect girlfriend for any LGBT or fantasy-LGBT celebrity. Or anyone, really.

  3. Now I can’t stop thinking about Tatum and Khristy being girlfriends on the set of Little Darlings. Two girls have a contest to see who can lose their virginity first, lose it to each other. IT’S PERFECT.

    Also, Cynthia Nixon was in that movie. I hope every woman that was in it comes out eventually.

  4. She was in the Runaways with Kristen Stewart.. I know that doesnt mean anything but damn…Kristen Stewart…I mean Yes you go Tatum!

  5. Another marble into the Everyone is Gay Marble Jar! That one I had to take out for Cate can go back in! It’s getting pretty full…

    Ok, did anyone else have Marble Jar parties in Montessori grade school for good behavior? Just me? :-)

  6. I read this article on another site – VULTURE, I think and it is amazing to read heterosexuals twist themselves into a pretzel to convince themselves she’s not gay or bi. “Dating doesn’t mean you’re having sex.” “Probably needs publicity for an upcoming book or movie.”

    • “Dating doesn’t mean you’re having sex.”

      LMAO. Was that really a comment? I have always said that nobody takes female homosexuality seriously, which is why I often get into it with people about how we are portrayed in the media because it DOES effect us. Straight people could literally see you with your face in another woman’s pussy and still think it doesn’t mean anything but if they see a man even kiss another man they are gay for life no matter what that person identifies as. I bet you that person wouldn’t have said “dating doesn’t mean you’re having sex” if we were talking about a male celebrity who made the same quote talking about men that Tatum just did. He would get called the F-word for days.

    • That is a salty pretzel they twist themselves into. I have seen that type of commentary many times, too.

      GO TATUM!

  7. I love Tatum’s comment about being “content”. That is exactly how I felt when I was loved as a female by my lesbian partner. Content and at peace with who I am. I wasted so much time trying to be a male.

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