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Both of Us by Ryan O’Neal

Both of Us by Ryan O’Neal
  • On sale: January 1, 1970
  • Price: $
  • ISBN: 9780307954824
Contact: Campbell Wharton

Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett.

There was no other couple like them.

Finally, Ryan breaks his silence.

This is the highly anticipated memoir that tells

the real love story.



My Life with Farrah

By Ryan O’Neal

with Jodee Blanco and Kent Carroll


Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett drew an unwavering fascination among fans and the press alike for more than three decades. Ryan’s intimate memoir of this passionate love story, BOTH OF US: My Life with Farrah (Crown Archetype, on sale May 1, 2012), tells the true story behind the headlines. Ryan conveys beautifully everything their relationship was— at once exuberant, sad, and timeless, confessing the deepest parts of his heart.

BOTH OF US contains all new stories and intimate details about their three decade courtship, including parenthood, leading up to the tragic diagnosis of Farrah’s cancer. This is the first time Ryan has shared the details of their love story from beginning to end in this compelling and unforgettable fashion. Many of the never-before-seen photographs and diary entries illustrate just how deep their love was and reads almost like a great romance novel and the heartache and inspiration of a true confession.

Ryan begins BOTH OF US as he recalls his first encounter with the bubbly, vivacious Farrah Fawcett when she was still married to Lee Majors. Thus begins the incredible tale as the book reveals:

– The first few interactions with Farrah while she was still married to Lee Majors made him lovesick; he was instantly struck with “Farrah fever.”

– The real story behind Farrah’s marriage to Lee Majors and why she was desperate to break free.

– As his relationship with Farrah became more serious, Ryan admits to Tatum’s sudden feelings of abandonment.

– How understanding Farrah was when the subject of Ryan’s ex wives and ex girlfriends came up privately and publicly.

– Ryan’s candid thoughts about being in love with one of the most famous women in the world.

– Farrah’s medical maladies (including cysts, sinus infections, and migraines) that may have been missed clues leading up to the diagnosis of her cancer, and what Ryan believed could have accelerated the progression of her disease.

– Farrah’s secret hell during a severe menopause and her valiant attempts to cope.

– The real cause of her erratic behavior on the infamous David Letterman interview (her attempt to do the interview in character as a Playboy bunny to promote her cover backfired).

– The true cause of the Ryan and Farrah split and why the public and the press got it so wrong—like countless other couples, they struggled to communicate and by the time they realized they needed to talk more it was too late.

– Ryan’s surprising conclusion about Farrah’s fidelity—Ryan had doubted her for years, but after her death—when it was too late to apologize—he learned Farrah was never unfaithful to him.

– The night he wishes he could forget—Farrah walks in on Ryan with a younger woman.

– Ryan’s heartbreaking discovery after Farrah’s death—in the book’s climax, Ryan recalls the day when he found a note Farrah wrote in his journal 14 years ago. Ryan only found this hidden in his journal upon doing research for this book.

– His last memories of Farrah and their touching final goodbye to one another (Ryan stood by her side through grueling treatment).

In addition to deeply personal recollections of his life with Farrah, Ryan also shares engaging stories from Hollywood including:

– The incident at the Russian Tea Room in which Diana Ross, upon seeing her old flame, rushed to the ladies room in tears and refused to leave.

– A memorable day spent with Farrah and Katharine Hepburn.

– His thoughts on working with Stanley Kubrick during the filming of Barry Lyndon.

Written with candor, emotional honesty, and above all deep love for his adored Farrah, BOTH OF US is the moving story of a true Hollywood fairy tale.


Ryan O’Neal is an Academy Award-nominated actor, best known for his roles in Love Story, Peyton Place, Barry Lyndon, What’s Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon. Most recently he has appeared on 90210 and has a popular recurring role on Bones. His reality show with his daughter, Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, aired its first season on OWN in June 2011

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