MALIBU — Actor Ryan O’Neal and the
The portrait was painted in 1980 for an upcoming interview on ABC’s “20/20” news magazine. This was during the peak of both Fawcett and O’Neal’s careers. Fawcett skyrocketed to fame as the beautiful Jill Munroe in the TV show “Charlie’s Angels,” and O’Neal became known as a heartthrob after playing Oliver in the 1970 classic “Love Story.” The two had fallen in love while Fawcett was married to actor Lee Majors, and started dating in 1979. Fawcett and O’Neal became known as
According to O’Neal, Warhol invited both actors to come to his house. Fawcett, O’Neal and his daughter Tatum went to Warhol’s home in
In August 2011, the
As a part of his closing argument, UT attorney David Beck presented clips from Fawcett’s own reality show as well as trust and insurance documents. The university is also trying to play up any evidence that shows how O’Neal and Fawcett’s relationship was not a happy one at the end of her life, bringing in a wide array of witnesses, including an old flame from Fawcett’s college days. The university already possesses the first Warhol portrait; the UT-hired appraiser has estimated the second portrait to have a price of $12 million, which is much higher than the $800,000 that O’Neal’s attorney claims it to be worth.
Several notable characters, such as Patrick and Redmond (O’Neal’s sons), as well as former “Charlie’s Angels” star Jaclyn Smith, appeared at the courthouse in support of O’Neal. The actor is countersuing the university for a tablecloth on which Warhol had written, “To Farrah F. and Ryan O.”
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