Farrah Fawcett's son Redmond O'Neal has opened up about the devastating loss of his mother for the first time since her death, revealing they did not speak to each other in her final weeks. When the Charlie's Angels actress passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009, her son was months into serving a prison sentence stemming from drug charges.
Redmond, who was released from jail in 2012, has now spoken out about the death of his mother, confessing their lack of contact in her final weeks has devastated him.
He tells U.S. entertainment news show Extra, "One minute she was alive and well, everything was good, and then bam! My dad was telling me she died... I was in jail at the time. I didn't even get to say 'bye to her.
"For the last four months she was living, I didn't even get to talk to her. She was bedridden, incapable of getting on the phone... The good thing is she didn't know I was in jail. My dad kept that from her."
Redmond also admits it was hard to deal with reading about his mother's death - on the same day Michael Jackson passed away - in newspaper reports while behind bars, adding, "It was in the paper, like front page. That was hard, too. I got all these inmates in the dorm, I was in reading this newspaper. She's on the front page, she and Michael Jackson... I remember, and I got mad 'cause Michael Jackson had a bigger page."
O'Neal's famous dad has also spoken out about his pride that his son is fighting to stay clean: "I'm very proud of him. I know his mother was there for him and helped him jump some hurdles, and now I've got him and he's exactly what I wanted. There's a lot of his mother in him, so it's almost as if she's around."
Actor Ryan O'Neal was undergoing surgery for skin cancer when he found out he had won a lawsuit against officials at the University of Texas over an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett. Last week (begs16Dec13), jurors in Los Angeles ruled the Love Story star is the rightful owner of the silkscreen piece, following a three-week trial.
The actor took the valuable artwork from Fawcett's home following her death in 2009, claiming it was one of two he had commissioned the iconic artist to paint, but college bosses alleged the actress left it to them in her will.
O'Neal was overjoyed by the news and became emotional during the surgical procedure when he received the verdict in a phone call.
He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "My son Patrick called me from the courthouse... I was laying on the operating table. There was blood running down the side of my face and then there were tears running down the side of my face, kind of mixing with the blood. It was a pretty amazing moment for me."
The actor believed the case would be difficult from the beginning, but he was confident he would prevail in the end.
He continues, "This was a long shot for the University of Texas to do this, they didn't really have a case.
"(This happened because) I have enemies and one of them sent 90 emails to the regent there and said I stole it, and that it was worth $30 million... and that they should come and get it. And they finally decided that yeah, they should come and get it... fools."
O'Neal also insists the fight was never over money and has vowed to keep the painting in his family forever: "It will never be sold, it will go on to her son Redmond and his children... It was always invaluable to us. She was a wonderful woman and this is what was left, that's all that was left."
O'Neal revealed last year (12) that he is battling skin cancer.
Ryan O'Neal has won the battle to reclaim an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett, as a jury has determined the painting is officially his. On Thursday (19Dec13), jurors in Los Angeles ruled that the Love Story star is the rightful owner of the silkscreen piece, following a three-week trial against officials from the University of Texas.
The actor took the valuable artwork from Fawcett's home following her death in 2009, claiming it was one of two he had commissioned the iconic artist to paint, while college bosses alleged the actress left it to them in her will.
The jury reached the ruling not long after it requested O'Neal read his testimony in court again. In his statement, the star claimed the painting helped him to feel close to Fawcett, and told the court, "I talk to it. I talk to her. It's her presence. Her presence in my life. In our son's life. We lost her. I don't want to lose that, too."
O'Neal, who is father to Fawcett's only child, son Redmond, also vowed never to sell the portrait, valued at $12 million (£8 million), if he won the case, adding, "I plan to keep it in our family as long as there is a family."
The verdict was not unanimous, but only required nine out of 12 jurors to vote in his favour.
The actor was not in court when the jury returned the verdict.
Actress Jaclyn Smith has waded into the dispute over the ownership of a portrait of her former Charlie'S Angels co-star Farrah Fawcett. Fawcett's former boyfriend Ryan O'Neal is embroiled in a court battle with the University of Texas over the ownership of an Andy Warhol silkscreen image of the actress, with university bosses insisting she left the artwork to them following her death in 2009.
Smith attended court in Los Angeles on Monday (16Dec13) to hear the closing statements in the civil trial and insisted her former co-star would want the portrait to stay with O'Neal as he was the love of Fawcett's life.
She said, "I think the most important thing would be imagining what Farrah would want. I really feel Farrah would want that portrait with Ryan."
Smith, who broke down in tears outside the courthouse after meeting Fawcett's son Redmond, added that she is backing O'Neal to win the case, saying, "In Ryan winning, Farrah wins."
The University of Texas in Austin, Fawcett's alma mater, is already home to one of the pair of Warhol portraits and officials insist the two images should be displayed together.
Ryan O'Neal has been keeping the spirit of his late partner Farrah Fawcett alive by 'talking' to the actress through her Andy Warhol portrait. The Love Story star made the confession during his testimony in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday (11Dec13) as part of his long-running legal battle with officials from the University of Texas over the ownership of the Warhol artwork.
O'Neal took the valuable piece from Fawcett's home following her death in 2009, claiming it was one of two he had commissioned the iconic artist to paint, while college bosses allege the actress left the silkscreen to them in her will.
Taking the stand on Wednesday, the 72 year old revealed the painting helped him to feel close to Fawcett.
He told the court, "I talk to it. I talk to her. It's her presence. Her presence in my life. In our son's life. We lost her. I don't want to lose that, too."
O'Neal, who is father to Fawcett's only child, son Redmond, also vowed never to sell the portrait, valued at $12 million (£8 million), if he wins the case, adding, "I plan to keep it in our family as long as there is a family."
The civil trial continues.
Actor Ryan O'Neal's efforts to reclaim an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett have been given a big boost after a judge ruled her former caregiver will be allowed to testify on his behalf. The Love Story star is currently embroiled in a legal dispute over the valuable work, which he insists is rightfully his, while officials at a university in Texas allege the actress left the silkscreen picture to them, along with all her art, following her death in 2009.
Now Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William MacLaughlin has ruled that Fawcett's former nurse's assistant, Maribel Avila, should be added to the witness list. She only stepped forward last month (Nov13), after the deadline for potential witnesses to be declared had passed, after reading about the court battle in the press and realising her testimony could prove useful.
Avila, who worked for the Charlie's Angels beauty for two years from 2006, recently met with Judge MacLaughlin and recalled that Fawcett had told her the Warhol portrait in question belonged to O'Neal.
She is expected to testify before the jury next week (begs09Dec13).
Other witnesses who may appear in court for the art trial includes O'Neal and Fawcett's son Redmond and her Charlie's Angels co-star Jaclyn Smith.
O'Neal himself took the stand on Monday (02Dec13) and insisted he was not trying to hide the fact he took the Warhol painting, one of two he had commissioned from the iconic artist, from Fawcett's home following her death.
Actor Ryan O'Neal has been forced to detail the moment his late partner Farrah Fawcett caught him in bed with another woman. The Love Story star is currently embroiled in a legal dispute over a valuable Andy Warhol portrait of Fawcett, which he claims is rightfully his, while officials at a university in Texas allege the actress left the silkscreen picture to them following her death in 2009.
The case has gone to court in Los Angeles, and O'Neal was called to testify on Monday (01Dec13).
During O'Neal's time on the stand at Los Angeles Superior Court, a lawyer representing the University of Texas at Austin questioned him about an incident in 1997 when the actress caught her partner cheating on her with another woman.
When asked about the awkward moment, O'Neal said of Fawcett's reaction, "No (she wasn't angry), she was hurt. She was in shock."
The picture was allegedly hanging above O'Neal's bed when Fawcett walked in on her cheating lover.
O'Neal's testimony became emotional at times, and he came close to breaking down in tears when he was asked to read out a letter which Fawcett wrote to the couple's son, Redmond.
Actor Ryan O'Neal has insisted he was not trying to hide the fact he took an Andy Warhol portrait of his late girlfriend Farrah Fawcett from her home following the actress' death in 2009. O'Neal was in court on Monday (02Dec13) fighting to keep the painting, which he claims is legally his.
Officials at Fawcett's alma mater the University of Texas at Austin, who already own the portrait's twin, insist the former Charlie's Angels star had left the silkscreen to them in a living trust, along with all her art.
Testifying in court, the actor revealed the portrait of his late lover hangs over his bed and he insisted he has no plans to sell it.
He told the court, "I’m going to give it to her son. Our son."
The portrait is worth as much as $30 million (GBP20 million), according to art experts.
A list of potential witnesses who may appear at Los Angeles Superior Court for the art trial includes O'Neal and Fawcett's son Redmond and her Charlie's Angels co-star Jaclyn Smith.
Actress Jaclyn Smith is set to testify in Ryan O'Neal's upcoming legal battle over an Andy Warhol portrait of his late parter Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal is heading to trial to fight University of Texas officials who claim the silkscreen, which is valued at around $30 million (£20 million), is rightfully theirs, claiming that Fawcett left her entire art collection to the institution following her death in 2009.
The piece is one of two Fawcett portraits by Warhol - one is hanging in the university's gallery, while O'Neal claims the disputed picture was given to him by the artist, who was a close friend.
During his deposition, the Love Story veteran revealed that Fawcett had taken his version of the painting in 1998, a year after she caught him in bed with another woman. He admitted to retrieving the artwork following his longtime partner's passing in 2009 and placing it in his Malibu, California home.
The case is due to be heard in a Los Angeles court this week (begs11Nov13), and the late actress' Charlie's Angels co-star Smith has been listed on the witness list.
O'Neal is also due to testify, as is his son with Fawcett, Redmond, and the former couple's photographer pal Alana Stewart.
Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal's son Redmond has reportedly piled on 65 pounds (29.48 kilograms) since kicking his longrunning drug habit. Redmond O'Neal became a free man last October (12) after successfully completing a year-long court-ordered rehab stint following a number of spells in and out of jail and treatment centres to deal with substance abuse issues.
He stepped out for a topless stroll with his actor father on a beach in Malibu, California earlier this month (Jul13) and was almost unrecognisable with his shaved head and pudgy frame.
A source tells the National Enquirer his once-skinny frame has ballooned to an estimated 225 pounds (102 kilograms), and says, "He seems to have swapped one addiction for another."
Redmond, 28, had been battling addiction to narcotics for years and was behind bars when his mother died in June, 2009.
He regained his freedom last year (12) after a judge suspended his jail sentence for a 2011 arrest for heroin and firearms possession following the completion of a court-ordered inpatient treatment programme.