Farrah Fawcett, the 1970s “It Girl” who was known for her winsome smile, unfettered sensuality, cascading golden hair and bombshell body, died in a Santa Monica hospital today, she was 62-years-old.
“After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away,”
Fawcett’s longtime romantic partner Ryan O’Neal said in a statement released by Fawcett’s publicist, Paul Bloch.
“Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world.”
“Farrah had courage, she had strength, and she had faith. And now she has peace as she rests with the real angels,” Jaclyn Smith
“She was incredibly brave, and God will be welcoming her with open arms.” Cheryl Ladd
According to Wiki, Farrah Fawcett was born Ferrah Leni Fawcett in Corpus Christi, Texas, the younger of two daughters, to Pauline Alice (née Evans), a homemaker, and James William Fawcett, an oil field contractor. She was of French, English, and Choctaw Native American ancestry. Fawcett said that the name “Ferrah” was “made up” by her mother because it went well with her last name. The “e” was later changed to “a”, as “Farrah”.
A Roman Catholic, Fawcett’s early education was at the parish school of the church her family attended, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Corpus Christi. She graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi in 1965. From 1966–1969, Fawcett attended the University of Texas at Austin and became a sister of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She appeared in a photo of the “Ten Most Beautiful Coeds” from the university, which ran in Cashbox magazine. A Hollywood publicist saw the photo, called Farrah and urged her to move to Los Angeles, which she did in 1969, leaving after her junior year with her parents’ permission to “try her luck” in Hollywood.
Fawcett became a symbol of the will to survive through her years-long battle with cancer, which was chronicled in the recent TV documentary “Farrah’s Story.” Her death comes on the heels of O’Neal’s declaration that she agreed to marry him. “I’ve asked her to marry me, again, and she’s agreed,” O’Neal, 68, told Barbara Walters who sat down with O’Neal and others close to Fawcett in the final days of the actress’ life.
Fawcett and O’Neal began dating in 1980 and lived together with son Redmond. The two never officially tied the knot, but not for O’Neal’s lack of trying. “I used to ask her to marry me all the time,” he said. “But … it just got to be a joke, you know. We just joked about it.”
Now, Fawcett leaves behind O’Neal, their 24-year-old son and her father, James. She was previously married to Lee Majors, star of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” from 1973 to 1982.
Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. Although doctors declared her free of cancer in February 2007, a few months later they learned that the cancer had returned. Fawcett’s alternative approach to her cancer treatment was surrounded by much controversy. After her initial diagnosis, Fawcett received traditional treatments in California.
According to People.com, Fawcett was “disheartened” by both the reoccurrence of the cancer and the treatment she was receiving in the United States, so she traveled to Germany’s University Clinic in Frankfurt in search of an alternative course of treatment. Some reports have said that she received experimental stem cell treatment while in Germany.
But Craig Nevius, who helped produce “Farrah’s Story,” told ABCNews.com that while details of the stem cell treatment have been widely reported, it has never been confirmed by the actress or sources close to her.
“Farrah Fawcett’s Private Reality”
By Matt Semino, Esq.
NBC aired the heart-wrenching documentary “Farrah’s Story” to nine million viewers bringing sharp public focus to Farrah Fawcett’s private and courageous struggle against terminal cancer. This moving documentary, filmed in collaboration with and featuring Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal and best friend Alana Stewart, serves as both a brutally honest and deeply touching account of the severe impact that this deadly disease has on its victims and their loved ones.
Fawcett, through control of the reality medium, bravely narrates a story demonstrating her hope, personal introspection, intense emotion and tenacity. The “Charlie’s Angel” star has successfully used her international fame and this poignant film to raise global awareness of the disease, the urgent need for alternative approaches to treatment and interestingly, salient legal and ethical issues concerning patients’ privacy rights. Fawcett has become her own personal messenger.
A shocking segment of the documentary depicts Fawcett discovering that information contained in her confidential medical records had been leaked and sold to the National Enquirer by UCLA Medical Center employee Lawanda Jackson. The leak led to the National Enquirer printing the headline “Farrah’s Cancer is Back!” Authorities claimed that Jackson had also improperly accessed the medical records of other celebrities, including Britney Spears and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife Maria Shriver. Jackson , 50, pleaded guilty to violating federal medical privacy laws for commercial purposes in December but died of breast cancer in March prior to being sentenced.
This breach of Fawcett’s privacy led to an onslaught of tabloid and paparazzi attention on the star during a particularly vulnerable period of her illness. The coverage was so intense that she referred to the National Enquirer as being “as invasive and malignant as cancer.” As a consequence of this experience, Fawcett began aggressively advocating for greater legal protection of patients’ privacy rights. Her strident advocacy efforts have resulted in tremendous media and political attention being brought to an important issue impacting not only celebrities but also the general public.
Is your privacy at risk? Medical records can contain highly personal information about an individual including social security numbers, dates of birth, insurance records and diagnoses. Compromising such records creates the potential for identity theft and other fraudulent activities. Therefore, it is essential that strong legal mechanisms and institutional policies be set in place to prevent violations of patient privacy. Political support of patient privacy initiatives has been quite strong.
In response to the public outcry that has been generated greatly in part by Fawcett, California passed legislation in early 2009 permitting the state to fine health care providers for breaches of a patient’s medical records. Governor Schwarzenegger has spoken out publicly on this issue, warning of the legal ramifications that will result from the violation of medical privacy by health care institutions and their employees. Additionally, a provision of President Obama’s stimulus plan is geared toward better securing the privacy of patient medical records.
While Obama supports greater patient privacy, his ambitious goal to digitize all medial records raises serious questions concerning how sensitive patient information will be protected as it is moved onto electronic systems. Is it possible that important patient medical data could be lost during the transition from paper to digital? Who will be viewing the information contained in these records as they become digitized and how can we ensure that the information will be protected in the process? Ultimately, how can we balance the multiple benefits of electronic medical records with the multiple risks that such modernization can pose to personal privacy and perhaps even to public health?
Fawcett, a 70’s sex symbol whose iconic swimsuit poster helped shoot her to international stardom, has boldly altered her persona and message to raise international awareness of cancer and the timely issue of patient privacy rights. She has forcefully pushed open the doors of dialogue. The public’s acceptance, for the most part, of Fawcett’s current image and circumstances illustrates the positive transformative power that new forms of “reality” media can have in a society inundated by the steady stream of YouTube and TMZ.
It is also reflective of the perceptual changes that the media consuming public has developed of celebrities and celebrity culture. The public is now just as much enamored by the real person behind the image and all of their inner triumphs and tragedies as it is with traditional Hollywood iconography and glamour. Real human events and emotion have always existed within the celluloid machine. Perhaps now we are just more comfortable facing their elements of truth and “reality.”
Matt Semino is a New York attorney and legal commentator. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School , Cornell University and is a Fulbright Scholar.Contact Matt Semino at Matt@MattSemino.com
On March 21, 1976, the first appearance of Fawcett playing the character Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels was aired as a movie of the week. The movie starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors) as private investigators for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a reclusive multi-millionaire whom the women had never met.
The series formally debuted on September 22, 1976. Fawcett emerged as a fan favorite in the show, and the actress won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Performer in a New TV Program. In a 1977 interview with TV Guide, she said:
“When the show was number three, I thought it was our acting. When we got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra”.
Her appearance in the TV show boosted sales of her poster, and she earned far more in royalties from poster sales than from her salary for appearing in Charlie’s Angels. Her hairstyle went on to become an international trend, with women sporting a “Farrah Do” or “Farrah Hair” and the hairstyle was even spoofed in various media, including Redd Foxx’s variety show on ABC and Dynamite magazine. Fawcett left the show after only one season and Cheryl Ladd replaced her on the show, portraying Jill’s younger sister Kris Munroe.
The show was a major success throughout the world, maintaining its appeal in syndication, spawning a cottage industry of peripheral products, particularly in the show’s first three seasons, including several series of bubble gum cards, two sets of fashion dolls, numerous posters, puzzles, and school supplies, novelizations of episodes, toy vans, and a board game, all featuring Fawcett’s likeness. The “Angels” also appeared on the covers of magazines around the world, from countless fan magazines to TV Guide (four times) to Time Magazine.
The series ultimately ran for five seasons. As part of a settlement to a lawsuit over her early departure, Fawcett returned for six guest appearances over seasons three and four of the series.
She later went on to earn one of three career Emmy Award nominations for her role as a battered wife in the acclaimed television movie “The Burning Bed.” Fawcettstirred controversy when she posed nude in the December 1995 issue of Playboy, but buzz about the actress baring all only served to make the magazine fly off newsstands — the issue was Playboy’s most successful of the 1990s, with over 4 million copies sold
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|1969||Love Is a Funny Thing||Patricia|
|1970||Myra Breckinridge||Mary Ann Pringle|
|1976||Logan’s Run||Holly||as Farrah Fawcett-Majors|
|1978||Somebody Killed Her Husband||Jenny Moore||as Farrah Fawcett-Majors|
|1979||An Almost Perfect Affair||Herself||(uncredited)|
|1981||The Cannonball Run||Pamela Glover|
|1986||Extremities||Marjorie||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama|
|1989||See You in the Morning||Jo Livingstone|
|1995||Man of the House||Sandy Archer|
|1997||The Apostle||Jessie Dewey||Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female|
|The Lovemaster||Craig’s Dream Date|
|Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me||Herself||Direct to video|
|1998||The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars||Faucet||(voice)|
|Dr. T & the Women||Kate|
|2004||The Cookout||Mrs. Crowley|
|2008||A Wing & a Prayer: Farrah’s Fight for Life||Herself||(documentary)|
|1969||Mayberry R.F.D.||Show Girl #1||(1 episode)|
|I Dream of Jeannie||Cindy
|“See You in C-U-B-A”
“My Sister the Home Wrecker”
|Three’s a Crowd||Hitchhiker||TV Movie|
|1969–1970||The Flying Nun||Miss Preem
|“Armando and the Pool Table”
|1970||The Young Rebels||Sarah||“Dangerous Ally”|
|The Partridge Family||Pretty Girl||“The Sound Of Money”|
|1971||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Tori Barbour||“Burden of Proof”
“Shadow of a Name”
|The Feminist and the Fuzz||Kitty Murdock|
|Inside O.U.T.||Pat Boulion||(unsold pilot)|
|1973||The Girl with Something Extra||Carol||“How Green Was Las Vegas”|
|The Great American Beauty Contest||T.L. Dawson|
|Of Men and Women||Young Actress||(segment “The Interview”)|
|1974||Apple’s Way||Jane Huston||“The First Love”|
|Marcus Welby, M.D.||Laura Foley||“I’ve Promised You a Father: Part 1”|
|McCloud||Gloria Jean||“The Colorado Cattle Caper”|
|1974–1976||Harry O||Sue Ingham||Recurring cast member (8 episodes)|
|The Six Million Dollar Man||Major Kelly Wood||(4 episodes)|
|1975||The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped||Patti|
|Murder on Flight 502||Karen White||as Farrah Fawcett-Majors|
|S.W.A.T.||Miss New Mexico||“The Steel-Plated Security Blanket”
as Farrah Fawcett-Majors
|1976–1980||Charlie’s Angels||Jill Munroe||(cast member from 1976–1977; recurring from 1978–1980)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1976)
|1981||Murder in Texas||Joan Robinson Hill|
|1984||The Red-Light Sting||Kathy|
|The Burning Bed||Francine Hughes||Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1986||Between Two Women||Val Petherton|
|Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story||Beate Klarsfeld||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film|
|1987||Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story||Barbara Hutton||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film|
|1989||Margaret Bourke-White||Margaret Bourke-White|
|Small Sacrifices||Diane Downs||Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|Good Sports||Gayle Roberts||(2 episodes)|
|1992||Criminal Behavior||Jessica Lee Stubbs|
|1994||The Substitute Wife||Pearl|
|1995||Children of the Dust||Nora Maxwell||(miniseries)|
|1997||Johnny Bravo||Farrah Fawcett / Old Lady||“Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett” (voice)|
|1999||Silk Hope||Frannie Vaughn|
|Ally McBeal||Robin Jones||“Changes”|
|Spin City||Judge Claire Simmons||(4 episodes)|
|2002–2003||The Guardian||Mary Gressler||(4 episodes)
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series
|2003||Hollywood Wives: The New Generation||Lissa Roman||TV movie|
|2005||Chasing Farrah||Herself||(7 episodes)|
|2009||Farrah’s Story||Herself||also Executive producer|
Fawcett’s thin, animated lips and row upon row of immaculate Chiclet teeth conspired into a sunny, uncomplicated smile. Her body was athletic, her arms honey-glazed. And that wild mane of hair gave rise to the rumor that a lion at the San Diego Zoo had been secretly scalped.
The whole package was alluring but not shamelessly sexy; a throwback to pinup queens of an earlier era, it signaled the freewheeling fun of the ultimate Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. If the big, bulky computers of the day could have programmed America’s ideal of itself — shiny, confident, radiating pleasure, promising not so very much — Fawcett would have been the printout.
She was the decade’s premier poster girl, with 8 million sold in a year. The number of baby girls named Farrah quickly spiked. A myriad of hairdos went Fawcett-feral. She signed a lucrative deal to front a line of Faberge perfume and accessories..
…Some women might shrink from this fame tsunami; Fawcett expertly surfed it as if it were a Great Barrier Reef wave. Her talent, after all, was her ease in being watched, something she’d had much practice at. Her self-regard, which was well earned, found its perfect match in America’s voyeurism.