• Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett’s love story endured for over three decades, leaving a lasting impact on both Hollywood and pop culture.
  • Even after more than a decade since Fawcett’s passing, the poignant presence of her portrait adorned O’Neal’s bedroom wall until his final days.
  • In the home they once shared, O’Neal continued to find solace and comfort surrounded by the company of his two loyal dogs.

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Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett were one of the most glamorous and tumultuous couples in Hollywood history. Their love story spanned three decades, from their first meeting in 1979 to their final reunion before she died in 2009.

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The Los Angeles native spent his final years in his La Costa, Malibu residence. From his residence, he had a panoramic view of the beach, where he used to take leisurely strolls with his furry friends.

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Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal on the beach outside their Malibu home in August 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal on the beach outside their Malibu home in August 1997 | Source: Getty Images

In his lifetime, O’Neal was married and divorced twice. His first marriage to actress Joanna Moore lasted four years. It produced two children: his only daughter, Tatum, and a son, Griffin.

Ryan O'Neal posing with his daughter Tatum O'Neil on April 27, 1973 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Ryan O’Neal posing with his daughter Tatum O’Neil on April 27, 1973 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

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His second marriage was to another actress, Leigh Taylor-Young, and it produced a son, Patrick. However, the couple divorced in 1974, and O’Neal never remarried.

Ryan O'Neal posing with his daughter Tatum O'Neil on April 27, 1973 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Ryan O’Neal posing with his daughter Tatum O’Neil on April 27, 1973 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

In 1979, O’Neal met the love of his life, actress Fawcett, who was already married to someone else. The couple developed a deep connection, and after Fawcett’s divorce from her husband, Lee Majors, they started a relationship.

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The couple welcomed a son, Redmond, in 1985. His on-and-off relationship with Fawcett, though never formalized in marriage, endured as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated romances, persisting until her passing in 2009. While filled with passion and affection, their love story also bore witness to many challenges.

O’Neal’s protective nature towards Fawcett was evident, particularly during public appearances where they played to the cameras with ample displays of affection.

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He convinced her to embrace her natural beauty without makeup during their early days. This authenticity, however, didn’t shield them from public scrutiny.

Ryan O'Neal in front of his home on June 5, 2001 Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Ryan O’Neal in front of his home on June 5, 2001 Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Fawcett candidly shared an incident, revealing O’Neal’s protective instincts. On one occasion, a clash almost ensued when they ran into Fawcett’s former manager, Jay Bernstein. When O’Neal asked how Fawcett looked, he commented, “To tell you the truth, a little tired.” O’Neal didn’t take the critique directed at Fawcett very well and almost attacked Bernstein.

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Fawcett revealed that their relationship experienced its share of ups and downs, which they both acknowledged. She once remarked, “We fight, but my opinion is valid, and I stand behind it now.”

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal on the beach outside their Malibu home in August 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal on the beach outside their Malibu home in August 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Their story mirrored the struggles of two beautiful individuals whose lives faced disappointments and trials, echoing the challenges experienced by millions of ordinary people.

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In a rebellious move, O’Neal and Fawcett never formalized their relationship through marriage. Their love story was unconventional, and they stood united in the face of challenges.

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In 2001, O’Neal was diagnosed with leukemia. This struggle brought them even closer, with Fawcett taking on the role of a devoted caregiver. In 2006, the tables turned as Fawcett faced her own battle with cancer.

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O’Neal’s unwavering support during these challenging times only strengthened the bond between them. Fawcett lost the fight three years later and succumbed to the illness. To add insult to injury, in 2012, O’Neal was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which he fought with resilience.

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A little over a decade later, on December 8, 2023, O’Neal bid farewell to a remarkable life at the age of 82. His son Patrick’s Instagram post announcing O’Neal’s peaceful passing did not state the cause of his death. Still, it reflected the love and support surrounding the actor in his final moments.

The caption read, “My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us.”

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In 2021, LUX&Ent magazine had the privilege of visiting the legendary actor’s abode. Let us take a tour inside his beautiful home at 21368 Pacific Coast Hwy, where he kept a portrait of Fawcett above his bed until his last days and lived with his two dogs, Mozart and Raven.

Ryan O'Neal's house from a video dated July 15, 2010 | Source: youtube.com/@graniteshield

Ryan O’Neal’s house from a video dated July 15, 2010 | Source: youtube.com/@graniteshield

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett's beach home as seen on December 1, 1996 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett’s beach home as seen on December 1, 1996 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images

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His home, nestled on the pristine shores of Malibu, is breathtaking, an impeccable, stylish haven with an open floor plan that embraces the beauty of the beach.

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Ryan O'Neil's house from a video dated July 15, 2010 | Source: youtube.com/@graniteshield

Ryan O’Neil’s house from a video dated July 15, 2010 | Source: youtube.com/@graniteshield

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The magazine crew was greeted by an aesthetic marvel as the doors swung open. With his loyal canine companions Mozart and Raven at his side, O’Neal welcomed them into his home. According to the magazine, a breathtaking ocean view blended seamlessly with the gorgeous architecture.

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Ryan O'Neal seen at a beach in Malibu in Los Angeles, California on September 03, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

Ryan O’Neal seen at a beach in Malibu in Los Angeles, California on September 03, 2012 | Source: Getty Images

O’Neal’s affection for his dogs was evident; their adorable presence frequently graced his Instagram, offering followers a glimpse into his personal life.

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The living room was adorned with tasteful decor and a significant piece of art—a massive painting of Fawcett. This captivating portrayal added emotion to the room, a tribute to a love that endured the tests of time.

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O’Neal, embodying the essence of hospitality, welcomed the crew with a warm smile. He offered them a table adorned with cheese, grapes, crackers, wine, and more, extending an invitation to indulge. “Are you hungry?” he asked, encouraging his guests to feel at home, setting the tone for a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

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The actor, surrounded by the natural beauty of his coastal surroundings, showed a spirit undeterred by the passing years. He enjoyed the good that nature had to offer, andwas even spotted enjoying a leisurely stroll along Malibu beach, radiating contentment and joy.

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September 2020 marked a poignant moment as the entire O’Neal family converged in his Malibu abode. On his 82nd birthday, a milestone that would become his last, O’Neal was joined by his son Patrick and daughter Tatum.

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A picture posted by Tatum on Instagram in April 2023 revealed a heartwarming detail. On the wall above O’Neal’s bed hangs a massive portrait of his beloved Fawcett.

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Reflecting on the glimpses into O’Neal’s Malibu retreat, we uncover not just the aesthetics of a grand residence but the warmth of hospitality, the joy of family, and the resonance of love that transcends time.

Each corner of this coastal haven bears witness to a life well-lived, and O’Neal’s legacy finds a home in the La Costa Beach residence.

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