Ryan O'Neal admits that he was so frazzled at Farrah Fawcett's funeral that he hit on his own daughter, Tatum O'Neal.
“They had just put the casket in the hearse and I was watching it drive away when a beautiful blonde woman comes up and embraces me," Ryan tells Vanity Fair. "I said to her, 'You have a drink on you? You have a car?' She said, 'Daddy, it's me — Tatum!' I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick."
But the bigger question is whether Ryan's devotion to Farrah in her last days was just an act.
His son Redmond thinks it was.
"All those crocodile tears! … My dad's only goal was to make sure he would be in the will,” Redmond tells Vanity Fair. "It was so disgustingly transparent as soon as he found out she was terminal. I consider him a vulture presiding over a carcass. Ryan thought he was going to get everything."
Farrah reportedly left almost her entire estate to Redmond. And nothing to Ryan.
Both Tatum and her brother Griffin O'Neal also speak to Vanity Fair of Ryan's failures as a father, his rages and his drug use.
"My father is afraid of me because I know the truth," Griffin says. "That's the part that absolutely scares him to death." Griffin suggests that the family's problems might have something to do with the fact that Ryan plied his children with drugs — "My father gave me cocaine when I was 11 and insisted I take it. … He was violent all the way through my upbringing," says Griffin. "He was a very abusive, narcissistic psychopath. He gets so mad he can't control anything he's doing."
Tatum wrote a book about her childhood, much to her father's annoyance.
"No parent wants to hear their kid saying [awful] things about them. … But what I wrote in the book was true. I've got a battle with drugs, but I'm a strong, independent person, and I fight for myself, and my father and I butt heads. When I was 16 years old, he and Farrah moved in together, and after that I saw my dad periodically, and that took a long time for me to get over."
About being hit on by her dad, Tatum sighs and says: "That's our relationship in a nutshell. You make of it what you will." It had been a few years since we'd seen each other, and he was always a ladies' man, a bon vivant."
The documentary, "Farrah's Story," about the actress' fight against anal cancer, has been nominated for an Emmy and there will be a tribute to her during the Sept. 20 awards show.
Will Ryan and Farrah's friend and documentary producer Alana Stewart appear together?
Are they living off Farrah's limelight? What do you think?
Photos: (top) Alana Stewart and Ryan O'Neal at the premiere of "Farrah's Story." Will they attend the Emmys together? Credit: WireImage
(bottom) Vanity Fair features an article about Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal. Credit: Vanity Fair