Actor Ryan O’Neal told a jury on Monday that he is the rightful owner of an Andy Warhol celebrity portrait that hangs over his bed. It is of the woman he considers the love of his life, “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett.
Fawcett, who died of cancer in 2009, bequeathed her art collection to her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; the university is accusing O’Neal of stealing away with its Warhol.
“The painting is mine,” testified the 72-year-old actor, who rose to fame as the impossibly handsome star of the 1960s television soap opera “Peyton Place” and the 1970 film “Love Story.”
He admitted taking the portrait, a striking black and white print with ruby red lips and turquoise eyes, from a wall outside the bedroom of Fawcett’s Wilshire Boulevard condominium about a week after her death on June 25, 2009.
The portrait now hangs over O’Neal’s bed at his Malibu beach house — just as it did from 1980 until 1998.