PHOTO: Ryan and Tatum O'Neal Share an Awkward Father-Daughter Kiss

Celebrity News Nov. 17, 2009 AT 10:31AM
PHOTO: Ryan and Tatum O'Neal Share an Awkward Father-Daughter Kiss Credit: GSI Media

A touching father-daughter moment or an awkward exchange?

After Ryan O'Neal had dinner with daughter Tatum O'Neal on Sunday at Malibu's Taverna Tony's restaurant, he bid her goodbye with a hug -- and an awkward kiss.

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This wasn't their first uncomfortable exchange.

Nearly five months earlier, at the funeral of his longtime love Farrah Fawcett, Ryan, 68, admitted that he accidentally hit on Tatum, 46.

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He says he had been so estranged from her that he didn't even recognize her.

"I 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 told 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."

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Tatum didn't find the incident disturbing.

"That's our relationship in a nutshell," said the actress, who won an Oscar at age 10 for starring with her father in Paper Moon. "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."

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