Tatum O'neal, the former child star and ex-wife of John McEnroe, has revealed that she made up with her long-estranged father, ex-Hollywood star RYAN O'NEAL, following the death of his wife Farah Fawcett. The father-daughter duo have a new reality show Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, which premieres in the US today (Father's Day) on the OPRAH WINFREY Network (OWN). The 8-part series will follow the pair, who had been estranged for over 40 years, as they work through their rocky relationship. According to the New York Daily News, Tatum told the ABC show Good Morning America that she thought that ".having a conversation in a work setting" would help them patch up their differences.
The pair had once been very close, reported the Washington Post, and had starred together in classic 1973 film Paper Moon. Once Ryan left the family to be with Charlie's Angels star Fawcett, Tatum felt abandoned that the relationship between them soured. Tatum went on to marry tennis ace MCEnroe, but quickly divorced and raised three children on her own, and experienced problems with drug addiction. Ryan also had problems, and is permanently estranged from two of Tatum's brothers, Patrick and Griffin. Following Fawcetts death in 2009, Tatum felt she could attempt reconciliation, going on to say on Good Morning America: "That was the last thing to help to soften my resolve and help make a relationship work and help build the bond back," with Ryan adding: "It's challenging," he said, "but it's worth it to have her back in the fold."