Originally Posted by darren cahill
Helen....I am glad someone posed this thread to you cause i have a question as well...(by the way, i find your opinions on all these actresses and the overall business of hollywood very entertaining although i have no idea who Helen Lawson is, i even did a search on yahoo just to brush up a bit, but feel free to PM me to give me more of your credits please!)
my question is, speaking of former Oscar Winners...this coming tuesday, Tatum Oneal (who i believe is still the youngest oscar winner ever?) has her autobiography coming out, saw her on Access Hollywood last night and she looks great (love that smoky/druggie raspy voice of hers) she still doesnt hold nothing back, if her book is 1/2 as good as her interviews, it should be a ripper....but what do you think of her chances of having a big part again in hollywood, and did she ever really show her true potentinal? Shes shown up recently in little parts like on Sex and the city and a week or so ago on Law and order CI...but isnt she better than that?
Darren: I'll let you in on a little Hollywood secret. Most actors and actresses are fucked up messes, egos out of control, totally insecure, mentally ill, and totally psycho. I'm not saying everyone, but I'd say a good 80%. Myself included. It's part of what it takes to make it in showbiz. This of course leads to chain smoking, massive drinking, out of control drug abuse, you name it. Tatum hasn't done a real good job covering this up or keeping it under control, but she's no different than probably 75% of Hollywood, only she's not discrete about it.
Tatum's career is washed up, hence this stupid book. She either needs money or publicity, or both, though I think she got a fortune from McEnroe. Child stars rarely make it big as adults. Neely O'Hara was an exception, though her adult success did not match her teen success, but at least it was still very good. I don't think she's tried that hard to work, either. I thought she was actually pretty good on Sex in the City, she's a good actress, but she's washed up. She's a haggard, drugged-out 40, it doesn't help!