Joanna Moore's Grandson Kevin McEnroe Paid Tribute to His Grandma and Mom in Post of an Old Photo

Joanna Moore and Tatum O'Neal are women who have made quite an impact in Hollywood and years after the influence hasn't dwindled a bit, as seen in Kevin McEnroe’s tribute to them.

Mother-daughter pairs are quite the norm in Hollywood. However, actress Joanna Moore and her daughter Tatum O'Neal were ones that defied the odds. Read on to find out more about the incredible life of Joanna and Tatum.

JOANNA'S EARLY LIFE

Joana was born on November 10 to Henry Anderson Cook III and Dorothy Martha as Dorothy Joanne Cook.

At the age of 7, she lost her mom and younger sister in a fatal accident in 1941. A year later, her father succumbed to injuries and left her as an orphan. 

She was raised by her grandma, but after she got too old, Joanne was adopted by a wealthy family who changed her name to Joanna, as reported by The Famous People.

In 1951, she married Willis Moore as a teenager, but they soon got divorced. After their split. She attended Agnes Scott College in Georgia and won a beauty contest. That was how she broke into Hollywood.

JOANNA'S CAREER

At the beauty contest, Moore was spotted by a producer from Universal Studios. She made her television debut as Stephanie in an episode of "Jezebel."

Her prominent role, however, didn't come until she starred as Penny Spencer in "Appointment with a Shadow." Afterward, Moore became a hot cake in the industry and was at the peak of her career in the 1960s. 

JOANNA'S PERSONAL LIFE AND THE BIRTH OF AN ICON

Like most women in Hollywood, Joanna's personal life wasn't as successful as her career. Her second marriage was to actor Don Oreck, but it barely lasted a year before they split.

In 1963, she found love with actor and former boxer Ryan O'Neal, and in that same year, they welcomed their first child, Tatum. The next year Griffin was born, and both children grew up to be actors.

Ryan O'Neal, with his wife Joanna Moore, at the Hollywood Women's Press Club. | Photo: Getty Images

Ryan O'Neal, with his wife Joanna Moore, at the Hollywood Women's Press Club. | Photo: Getty Images

Ryan and Joanna divorced after three years together, and their split took a heavy toll on the actress. She soon got involved with drugs and alcohol and turned into an addict.

In 1996, Moore was diagnosed with Lung cancer; she succumbed to the disease on November 22, 1997.

TATUM, THE RECORD-BREAKER

Like her parents, Tatum had a knack for acting. At the age of 10, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year for her role as Addie Loggins in "Paper Moon," where she starred alongside her father. 

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Two generations of addiction and a lot of marginalization! Because of that / addiction /not talent. So mama for you, I’m gonna break that glass ceiling only reserved for men who fail upwards, while us women get kicked so easily to the curb and brutally in this town without even second thought - A career that I was born into! A little open soul creature, of light and laughter , me . With No idea how to protect myself.I look forward to showing you that I will never give up. I miss you mama we’re getting close to November which is when you were born, and I was born, and when you died in my arms of lung cancer. 1997 . Those moments are cherished for me ~your grace and dignity, bravery in the face of death , and humor of course always humor. I think about you every single day!!! Not for a while though mom I will meet you in heaven and I know you will be waiting for me with a laugh and a cigarette and some coffee, telling me how proud u are of me. I will meet you in heaven The old fashioned way ! Till then I know you’re here standing by when I feel alone and / or scared. Thank you for being you mama . I wouldn’t be me without your spirit and of course massive talent and extraordinary love ! Yours, Tatum 🙏🏽🧚‍♀️💞 foto by @marcbaptiste007 hair @johnnystuntz

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It made her the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award in history.

Like her mother, Tatum didn't have the best marriage as her union with John McEnroe ended after eight years together. However, they produced three kids, Kevin, Sean, and Emily.

GROWING UP MCENROE: THE UNTOLD STORY

During an interview with People Magazine, the McEnroe children discussed what it was like growing up in the spotlight. The eldest, Kevin said that he was hesitant to tell people his surname.

He said:

"I wanted to not always be Tatum O'Neal's or John McEnroe's son. It changed the way people viewed you, and I was always dying to be my own person."

In his novel, "Out Town," he talked about his family's struggle with addiction and how his grandmother passed down self-doubt to the rest of them. Nevertheless, he still admires her for her self-will and raising his mother.

A TRIBUTE TO TWO OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN ALIVE

Back in 2017, Kevin paid tribute to the iconic women in his life, his grandmother and mom. He shared a black-and-white photo of a young Joanna holding baby Tatum on her laps. The sweet image was captioned:

"My mom, @tatum__oneal, and my nana. Two of the most beautiful women alive. Love you, mama. Where we came from wasn't the easiest, but we're still here. Love you again. Here if you need me."

Joanna and Tatum no doubt had struggles in their lives, but they were phenomenal women nonetheless!

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