October 22, 2013

Ryan O’Neal, fighting for an Andy Warhol painting that Farrah Fawcett left to the University of Texas...

... submits to a deposition and has to admit that Farrah caught him in bed with another woman in the bedroom the couple shared, which explains her motivation to give the painting to Texas. But, he says, she did not take the painting when she left — because wouldn't grab ya painting worth millions if you were running out in a rage — as you might rip your treasured Farrah Fawcett poster of the wall — if it was yours? Answer: No. Moving an expensive painting is a big deal.

And in fact, a year later, the painting was moved to Fawcett's place. How does O'Neal explain that? He says it was sent away "for safe keeping because his new girlfriend did not like having the image of Farrah on the wall 'staring down at her' all the time."

If you're already out of sympathy with O'Neal, check out the photo at the link of him leaning toward a torso mannequin wearing what appears to be Farrah's iconic orange bathing suit, while, in the background the dead actress smiles in her eternally popular poster. The less-famous image of Farrah is this:



That's the Warhol that was hanging over the couple's bed. Imagine cheating on her under that. Imagine having sex with the man who got off having sex with you under that picture of her.

The picture, which Farrah left to her old school, had been missing but was found because O'Neal did a reality show in 2011, in which it could be seen hanging on the wall. At the time O'Neal murmured about how Farrah "permeated my mind and my being" and "still does" and "The things that are nice in my house are the things that she got me."

16 comments:

Aunt Vesta said...

"check out the photo at the link of him leaning toward a torso mannequin wearing what appears to be Farrah's iconic orange bathing suit"

i clicked because i thought i would see ryan o'neal in the swimsuit. sadly, he's just in a boring (men's) suit.

CatherineM said...

He is a first class jerk and a horrible father. He was also ghoulish when Farah was dying.

John McEnroe married Tatum and I remember hearing him on Howard Stern talk about what a piece of garbage Ryan is. It was in the context of his sympathy for Tatum's problems and how basically kids of Ryan's don't have a chance.

The Drill SGT said...

So what is the back story. Warhol was big business. Surely there are records of a gift or purchase by one (Husband or wife or both) of them, listing the painting.

Absent that, I would think that the owner of a painting would be the subject of the painting...

Michael K said...

Why didn't she set the bed on fire ? We would all be grateful

EDH said...

Well, after all: "Love is never having to say you're sorry."

Imagine cheating on her under that. Imagine having sex with the man who got off having sex with you under that picture of her.

In the 1970s, there were plenty of adolescents males having sex -- with or without a women -- "under" the image of Farrah.

Unfortunately, what I'm imagining now is a "human centipede" involving Farrah and Michael Douglas.

mccullough said...

The swimsuit might be more valuable. Is he claiming that, too?

madAsHell said...

How is the 1974 poster, and swim suit relevant to the Andy Warhol painting?

Why is Ryan O'Neal channeling Geraldo Rivera?

Mark O said...

Permeate? Permeate?

averagejoe said...

I delivered flowers to Sharon Stone's Hollywood Hills home and she has 3 huge Warhol's of herself hanging in the foyer. The same picture, with different fluorescent coloring in each. Strange and ugly...

LarsPorsena said...

"..Imagine cheating on her under that. Imagine having sex with the man who got off having sex with you under that picture of her. .."


Old locker room adage: "You show me the picture of who you think is the most beautiful woman in the world and I can find that guy who is tired of f***ing her".

jacksonjay said...

That show did not improve his image one iota!

JZ said...

I've heard that Ryan O'Neal tried to hit on Tatum O'Neal at Farah's funeral, not knowing who she was. She had to tell him who she was! If true, that gives new meaning to the word "jerk".

Oso Negro said...

We University of Texas people of a certain age love Farrah (guys used to follow her around campus) and we aren't giving the painting back. Nor will our lawyers say we're sorry.

surfed said...

And all this time I thought he had passed too. And then you go and ruin it for me...

William said...

I'd offer this is as a teaching moment. Women, remember that the star of your very own Love Story may, in the fullness of time, reveal himself to be your very own Rynan O'Neal.....I get the sense that Farrah Fawcett was no bucket of ice cream either. Maybe they were well suited for each other.

Carl Pham said...

Imagine cheating on her under that.

Not a problem. The essence of Fawcett's paying sex symbol career is that her beauty, charm and sexiness were not reserved to any one man. She sold it to many, many men.

So...if she's selling sexy fantasies of herself to which she hopes (for the sake of her royalty check) 500,000 pimply teenagers will want to beat off, why would the man who takes that deal confine himself? You can't be a whore and expect your husband to be Sir Lancelot. Does not compute.

Of course, I'm not saying Fawcett was an actual whore. Perhaps all she ever did was sell the image of herself to a million anonymous men. In which case, O'Neal should've similarly confined himself to virtual sexual betrayal. Some kind of zipless fuck, vintage 1977. Phone sex maybe. Backrubs with the bra strap unfastened. No penetration.

So he's an asshole -- but who exactly did she expect to attract? And his betrayal is only too far in an understandable direction. Furthermore, both had already decided not to confine the sharing of themselves to each other. Neither was prepared to forsake all others and keep thee only unto him/her, and the Faustian trade of the wealthy now for the squalid later was made willingly enough. Sic transit and all that. It's perfectly appropriate that he is fighting over a symbol of the woman probably more than he ever fought for the woman herself. The only way it could be more satisfying is if O'Neal was dead, too, and his estate was suing a university for the painting of a dead woman.