The stars fell out after the actor began dating Farrah Fawcett in the late 1970s, but reunited following her death in 2009.
They tried to tackle their issues on a reality TV show for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, but the series was a flop and was soon axed - leaving their relationship worse off than before.
The Love Story star documents their tumultuous past in his new tell-all tome, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, and decided to send Tatum a copy as she attempted to beat her long-running drug problems at a treatment centre earlier this year (12).
He tells the New York Post, "I sent it. She waited a week then texted her OK. She's doesn't come off well (in the book).
"Tatum's complicated. I think she'll come out of rehab fine but, then, I thought that before."
The Charlie's Angels star was struck down with anal cancer in 2006 and O'Neal was a constant presence at her side as her condition deteriorated.
The Love Story star, who is fighting stage two prostate cancer, detailed his heartbreak over Fawcett's failing health in his diaries, which have been made into a new book, Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah, and serialised in Britain's Mail on Sunday.
In the tome, O'Neal tells how he planned to marry Fawcett in St John's Hospital, but the priest who arrived to oversee the ceremony ended up administering the last rites instead.
He writes, "After the priest leaves, I lie down next to her, wrap my body around her to keep her warm, and then take her hand. I can feel a steady pulse... I caress her hand for hours. Her heart refuses to quit.
"I'm left alone with my love. I take her hand. I can still feel her pulse, but now it is fluttering. She's trying to let go. Her heartbeat slows, then disappears. On the morning of June 25, Farrah slips into eternal sleep."
O'Neal also shares his shame over the physical altercations he and Fawcett endured during their tumultuous relationship: "Neither of us possessed the emotional discipline to say: 'Wait a minute, this isn't normal, we need help.'
"You have to remember that I'm a trained boxer... If someone is coming at me with fists flailing, my instinct is to block the blows, which is what I did with Farrah... I didn't see my behaviour as aberrant. In reality, most of the time it wasn't her I was lashing out at, it was my kids, the world, Hollywood, my agent, you name it. I'm a moody guy."
News of the Love Story star's battle with prostate cancer broke late on Friday (13Apr12) with a statement released to People.com.
It read: "Recently I was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery."
But now the 70 year old, who fought leukaemia in the late 1990s, insists he has stage two cancer - and he has it "under control".
In an exclusive taped interview with U.S. news show Nightline, the actor says, "I wasn't prepared for it. I wasn't ready for it. But you never are."
O'Neal also tells the programme he has skin cancer - a melanoma - on his nose, joking, "Welcome to Malibu (California) and the sun!"
The Love Story star, who lost girlfriend Farrah Fawcett to cancer in 2009, has revealed he is now battling the disease.
A statement released by O'Neal to People.com reads, "Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery.
"I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."
The 70 year old is not new to health battles - he fought leukaemia in the late 1990s.
In 2011, the 70 year old teamed up with his once-estranged daughter for Ryan and Tatum: The O'Neals, which they filmed for OWN, but, despite family drama, the programme failed to take off and has yet to be renewed for a second season.
He tells TMZ.com, "Nobody saw it... I don't know if Oprah saw it."
And now the Paper Moon star has taken a jab at Winfrey for failing to flesh out her passion project and see to the network's success after she recently confessed to several regrets, including launching OWN too early.
Earlier this month (Apr12), the mogul said, "Launching when we really were not ready to launch, it's like having the wedding when you know you are not ready... Had I'd known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else."
And O'Neal is now wishing he had been clued in to Winfrey's concerns before signing up for the project - because it would have saved him from humiliation.
He states, "I wish we had known that... she should have told us."
After he completed taping the reality show last year (11), the actor revealed Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals didn't end well for father and daughter and they had not spoken for two months.
He told Access Hollywood it could have been a lot different if Winfrey had been a part of the series: "We never saw her, never spoke to her, not a note, not a line, not a word... I don't think she was even in Los Angeles (where the show was filmed). I guess she thought we'd take care of it ourselves.
"One of the reasons we did it (the show) is that Oprah has a kind of a magical touch and that, with the combination of Oprah and hope, she (Tatum) and I could manage to get past what was bothering us. But we needed her and she didn't show."
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz heaped praise on Redmond O'Neal during a hearing on Tuesday (27Mar12), and declared he will delay sentencing on a probation violation as long as the 27 year old continues to progress.
During the hearing, O'Neal told the judge he is studying for his GED (General Educational Development Test).
Redmond was arrested last year (11) for heroin possession. He was ordered into inpatient rehab but faces up to six years behind bars if he relapses.
Producer Neal Moritz admits that the decision to make the film in 3D and shoot in Los Angeles sent the budget soaring, keeping profits low.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The movie did almost $250 million and was actually very well liked, but we made the movie for too much money.
"One, we made it in L.A. for certain reasons, and two, we decided to go to 3D - that added another $10 million.
"If I had done it in a tax-rebate state and not done 3D, it would have been considered a huge financial success for the studio."
Movie mogul Neal Moritz's nine-year-old son is one of the only people on the planet to know what happens in the next Fast & The Furious movie - the producer is reading the latest draft of the script to him at bedtime.
The actress has been embroiled in a bitter court fight with her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, the father of her three-year-old daughter Nahla, since their split in 2010.
Last month (Feb12), Berry asked a judge for permission to move from Los Angeles to her fiance Olivier Martinez's native France, amid fears for her and her child's safety following a recent encounter with an alleged stalker who was caught trespassing on her property on multiple occasions.
Aubry is allegedly opposed to the relocation, and now the Oscar winner is stepping up her legal battle by ditching Neal Hersh for famed family law attorney Stephen Kolodny, according to TMZ.com.
Kolodny helped Gibson secure joint custody of his daughter, two-year-old Lucia, in August (11) after a nasty break-up with his ex-girlfriend Grigorieva in early 2010.
Berry will be hoping for similar success in her case. The actress sought to ban Aubry from contacting Nahla in January (12) after former nanny Alliance Kamdem accused the model of shoving her while she was holding the child. Formal charges against Aubry were subsequently dismissed.