PEOPLE Magazine 40th Anniversary

40 Years Later: Headline Makers
Then & Now

Who was making news in 1974, the year PEOPLE published its first issue? From Stephen King to Barbara Walters to Hank Aaron, look back at who filled our pages then – and find out what they're doing today

TATUM O'NEAL

1974: At age 10, she became the youngest actress to win an Academy Award when she took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Paper Moon. Though her dad and costar, Ryan O'Neal, told PEOPLE his wish for Tatum, who had discipline problems, was "to be happy, not indulgent, and to know where the limits are," his daughter's unstable home life continued to impact her behavior.
2014: Her problems carried into adulthood, and O'Neal, now 50 and still acting, chronicled them all – neglect, drug abuse, divorce from tennis player John McEnroe – in two tell-all memoirs. After her 27-year-old son Kevin was arrested for allegedly buying drugs in July 2014, she Tweeted, "Addiction is a disease. Not a moral issue. Support, Empathy, Love."