Ryan O'Neal Opens Up About Farrah Fawcett and Warhol Battle

02/03/2014
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(Extra) Only "Extra" invited inside Ryan O'Neal's beach front Malibu estate for a candid interview with him and his son Redmond. The two opening up to Renee Bargh about life since losing Farrah Fawcett over four years ago.

Redmond speaking for the first time about finding out his mother Farrah has passed away when he was in jail. "One minute she was alive and well, everything was good and the bam my dad was telling me she died…I was in jail at the time you know I didn't even get to say bye to her. For the last four months she was living I didn't even get to talk to her, she was bed ridden she was incapable of getting on the phone…The good thing is she didn't know I was in jail, my dad kept that from her."

Redmond continued, "I remember, what was she, the Pastor in there, she came and pulled me out. Ryan saying, "I called her and she went and found him because she didn't want him to hear it from another inmate, or from the radio." Redmond saying he did see the news about Farrah's on the front page of the newspaper, "It was in the paper though, like front page, that was hard too, I got all these inmates in the dorm I was in reading this newspaper she's on the front page, her and Michale Jackson…I remember and I got mad cause Michael Jackson had a bigger page."

Redmond has come a long way since then, "I'm doing great, two and a half years clean…Got my little dog here, got my dad, got good friends, you know, I can't complain." Redmond very into music, he is a drummer and wants to open a BBQ restaurant.

Ryan proud of his son, "I'm very proud of him, I know his mother is there for that and helped him jump some hurdles and now I've got him and he's exactly what I wanted. There's a lot of his mother in him so it's almost as if she's around."

Redmond and Ryan remain very close. Both spending weeks in a California courtroom as they battled to keep a Warhol painting of Farrah. Ryan, "They had witness who lied on the stand, broke the law, that bothered me a lot and I think the jury caught it, that's how come I have it." Ryan saying, "I know my mom would not have wanted this to happen, she would not have wanted to get humiliated…That's what really got to me, forget the painting, it was the fact they were trying to you know bad mouth my mom."

The painting which hangs in Ryan's bedroom will stay in the family now, forever. Ryan saying it will go to Redmond, it will never be for sale. Redmond, "And when I have kids one day I'll pass it onto them and it'll just keep passing." more on this story

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