- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Family affairs

Ryan O’Neal flirted with his own his own daughter at partner Farrah Fawcett’s funeral in June, says FoxNews.com.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor says he didn’t recognize the “beautiful blond woman” — who happened to be his daughter Tatum O’Neal — who embraced him at Miss Fawcett’s funeral.

“I had just put the casket in the hearse, and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blond woman comes up and embraces me — I said to her, ‘You have a drink on you? You have a car?’ She said, ‘Daddy, it’s me — Tatum!’ I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it’s my daughter. It’s so sick.”

Miss O’Neal, for her part, did not seem to be bothered by the encounter.

“That’s our relationship in a nutshell,” she told Vanity Fair. “You make of it what you will. It had been a few years since we’d seen each other, and he was always a ladies’ man, a bon vivant.”

Mr. O’Neal also admitted that a brief affair he had during a break with Miss Fawcett was a “replacement” for his estranged daughter.

Of his relationship with Leslie Stefanson, an actress who was half his age at the time, he said: “I was lucky enough to meet this young girl. She was more of a daughter to me than a lover, and my own daughter had flown the coop, so here was this replacement.”

Miss O’Neal was 16 when her father moved in with Miss Fawcett, which she said took a long time for her to get over. In a 2004 memoir, she said she wouldn’t do that to her children but that she didn’t blame the “Charlie’s Angels” star, whom she called “inspirational, beautiful and kind.”

Vanity Fair will be available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday and nationwide on Aug. 11.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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