Tatum O’Neal

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O’Neal in 2010, photo by PrPhotos.com

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 5, 1963

Ethnicity: English, Irish, one eighth Ashkenazi Jewish

Tatum O’Neal is an American actress and author. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Paper Moon (1973). She is the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award, at age ten.

Tatum is the daughter of actors Ryan O’Neal (born Charles Patrick Ryan O’Neal) and Joanna Moore (born Dorothy Joanne Cook). She has three children with her former husband, professional tennis player John McEnroe.

Tatum’s paternal grandfather had Irish, and possibly English, ancestry, and Tatum’s paternal grandmother was of half Irish and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from Germany and Poland) descent (Ryan O’Neal’s maternal grandmother was Jewish). Tatum’s mother had English ancestry.

Tatum’s paternal grandfather was Charles Eldridge O’Neal, a screenwriter (the son of Charles Samuel O’Neal and Elizabeth Maude Duffey or Belton). Tatum’s grandfather Charles was born in North Carolina. Tatum’s great-grandfather Charles was born in South Carolina, and had Irish, and possibly some English, ancestry, the son of Samuel David O’Neal and Margaret/Marguretta Emily Crowley. Tatum’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was born in Mallinger, Ireland.

Tatum’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Ruth O’Callaghan, an actress (the daughter of Richard Edward O’Callaghan/Callahan and Mathilde “Tillie” Pius). Patricia was born in California. Richard was born in Ireland. Mathilde was Jewish. She was born in New York, the daughter of Gustave/Gustav “George” Piakowsky/Pius and Rebecca “Regina” Iglick. Gustave was a German Jewish emigrant, born in Sieradz, Poland, the son of Moses Pius and Esther/Ester. Tatum’s great-great-grandmother Rebecca was born in Schrimm, now Srem, Poland, to a Jewish family. Rebecca was the daughter of Simon Iglik/Iglick (the son of Moses Iglik/Iglick and Rifka/Rebecca) and Dore Adam (the daughter of Schmul Adam and Reisel). Tatum’s grandmother Patricia’s first husband, Richard La Pan, was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Tatum’s maternal grandfather was Henry Anderson Cook III (the son of Henry Anderson Cook II and Mamie Lou Tatum). Tatum’s grandfather Henry was born in Georgia. Tatum’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of Henry Anderson Cook and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Jones. Mamie was the daughter of Milledge Dillson/Delson Tatum and Susan Louisy Chambless.

Tatum’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Martha English (the daughter of William Matthew English and Corrie/Corra Kendrick Trussell). Dorothy was born in Georgia. William was the son of Robert Buchanan English and Mary Louise/Louisa/Louesa Turpin. Corrie was the daughter of Robert Lindsay Trussell and Louesa Jane Wallace.

Sources: Genealogy of Tatum O’Neal – http://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Tatum’s paternal grandparents, Charles Eldridge O’Neal and Patricia Ruth O’Callaghan – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tatum’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Tatum’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Samuel David O’Neal and Margaret/Marguretta Emily Crowley, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Tatum’s paternal grandmother, Patricia Ruth O’Callaghan – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage records of Tatum’s paternal great-grandparents, Richard Edward O’Callaghan/Callahan and Mathilde “Tillie” Pius – https://www.familysearch.org

Tatum’s paternal great-grandparents, Richard Edward O’Callaghan/Callahan and Mathilde “Tillie” Pius, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tatum’s paternal great-grandmother, Mathilde “Tillie” Pius, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Tatum’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com

Tatum’s maternal grandfather, Henry Anderson Cook III, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Tatum’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Martha English, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

2 Responses

  1. ns2110 says:

    I met Tatum at a book signing years ago. Found her to be an altogether lovely and classy person. I wonder if Ryan knows that technically according to Jewish law he is Entirely Jewish as the religion is passed down through the maternal line.

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