What Would Matt Dillon and Christy McNichol Do?

June 6, 2008

NEW YORK (CNN) — Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal was released after an arraignment at a Manhattan courtroom Monday after her weekend arrest for buying crack cocaine.


Tatum O’Neal was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance Sunday.

The 44-year-old actress, who penned a 2004 memoir about her long road to sobriety, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after she was seen making a purchase from a drug dealer, police said.

Investigators charged her with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum one-year sentence.

At 10, O’Neal won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the movie “Paper Moon.” She is the daughter of actor Ryan O’Neal, who starred in the 1973 film, and the ex-wife of tennis star John McEnroe, with whom she has three children.

Editorial note:  Tatum was a child superstar but her most memorable moment aside from her Oscar film is definitely as the good rich girl to Christy McNicol’s bad white trash chick in Little Darlings.  McNicol was diagnosed as bipolar and left acting in ’92.  O’Neal’s career took the backseat to playing wife and mom.  Apparently crack did not.  They’ll always have Matt Dillon in painted on Levi’s smoking Marlborough Reds.


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