Farrah Fawcett
American actress
Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Leni Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels, in 1976. Fawcett later appeared Off-Broadway to critical approval and in highly rated and critically acclaimed television movies, in roles often challenging and sometimes unsympathetic.
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Allison Williams Says Goodbye To Marnie With New Blond 'Do
Huffington Post - 15 days
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Alexander Skarsgård Opens Up About Filming 'Incredible' Gay Sex Scenes
Huffington Post - 8 months
For Alexander Skarsgård, playing a pansexual vampire for seven seasons on the HBO smash, "True Blood," was a "profound" experience. The show's Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning run, of course, regularly made headlines for its love scenes, many of which involved characters of the same sex. Skarsgård, however, wasn't fazed by the steamy scenes between him and co-stars Theo Alexander and Ryan Kwanten, he said in a new interview with PrideSource.   "It was just one of the most profound experiences ever. Just liberating. Even though there's sh*t loads of nudity on the show, it never felt gratuitous," he said. As for the man-on-man love scenes, he noted, "You just have to embrace it... They're incredible scenes." Ultimately, Skarsgård is proud of having been a part of a series that was so willing to push the envelope when it came to portraying sexuality on the small screen.  "What was so interesting about the show was that it wasn't on the nose. It's obviously a cultural reference ...
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13 Strange Superstitions About Death
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Death is an uncomfortable subject for many folks. Perhaps it's the severe emotional reaction people have to death -- especially if it's someone close -- that makes the living act in bizarre ways. Or, maybe it's because death's process is not well understood that causes normally rational individuals to believe in irrational concepts. Yesterday I was looking over notes from my basic coroner training. One segment was in understanding various cultural practices and traditions about death. This was valuable information as a difficult part of a coroner's job is interacting with the deceased's family and those relations can come from a diverse ethnicity with some pretty peculiar beliefs. I thought I'd share thirteen strange superstitions about death. 13. Coins On The Eyes The practice dates back to the ancient Greeks who believed the dead would travel down to Hades and need to cross the river Styx in order to arrive in the afterlife. To cross over, they needed to pay the boat drive ...
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Growing Up Multiracial: Then and Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As a multiracial kid growing up in the 80's, I felt different. I was born in Puerto Rico to a Black father and Mexican mom. After Puerto Rico, we moved to Hawaii. Being a military brat stationed in Puerto Rico then Hawaii meant I was also labeled a Third Culture Kid raised in a culture outside of my parents' cultures due to their military status. California finally became home and I felt like I didn't quite belong. I wasn't Black enough, or Mexican enough. I wasn't Puerto Rican or Hawaiian. It was hard for me to find my place in the world. Good, bad or indifferent, it was my experience and I own that. My siblings and others who may have similar experiences as mine, may share my opinion or have a differing view and that's ok. One of the first things you learn as a multiracial/multicultural person is that your experience is yours and no one has the right to change that. I was excited to read Maria P.P Root's "Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage" that, in part, reads: I HAVE ...
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Jimmy Fallon's Adorable Daughters Went All Out For Halloween
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Cutie alert.    Jimmy Fallon helped his daughters get into the Halloween spirit Saturday, sharing photos of the two girls with his 4 million Instagram followers. Winnie, 2, channeled her inner Wes Anderson fan and went as Margot Tenenbaum from "The Royal Tenenbaums." With the fur coat, collared shirt and red barrette, we'd say she nailed it: A photo posted by Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:34pm PDT Frances, whom Fallon and his wife Nancy Juvonen welcomed via surrogate in December, paid tribute to the late Farrah Fawcett with her Halloween costume. Thanks to the help of a wig, little Franny did justice to Fawcett's iconic hairstyle:  Happy Halloween!! A photo posted by Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:36pm PDT The late-night host also got into the spirit, sharing a throwback from when he dressed up as Pee-wee Herman:  #TBH Throwback Halloween. Me as Pee Wee. (Notice the bandaged fi ...
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Useless Facts About Movies of the Week
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
People used to ask me what to do if there were two movies of the week on at the same time, which one they should watch. It was a good question. I didn't know who won WWII but I knew that Tori Spelling starred in, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? in 1996. I'm the Zagat Guide of Movies of the Week, or as we aficionados used to call them, MoMo's. If you had a choice between a Melissa Gilbert vehicle and a Kelli Martin vehicle, you went with Kelli because, as hard as Melissa tried to make the wife of a famous director, turned hooker, working in the Barrio, to help pay for her son's piano lessons, believable, she'd always be Half-pint, from Little House of the Prairie. A Meredith Baxter Birney star turn (now just Baxter) or a Joanna Kearns one, was always trickier. Meredith was a workhouse. She'd been on television long before Family Ties, and that meant something. She started her illustrious career in an episode of the Patridge Family, entitled, Where Do Mermaids Go?, playing t ...
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What Would the Camel Filters Man Say About Messenger Bags?
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
If you told American men 30 years ago that one day they'd be pushing strollers, hearing "erectile dysfunction" on TV or carrying "purses" called messenger bags, they'd think you were smoking something. If you told them gay marriage would be legal, shaved heads would be cool and men would ride "step-through" Divvy bicycles (nee girl's bikes), they'd expect you to talk about UFOs. Does anyone remember the Camel Filters Man? A Mark Spitz lookalike, he was always climbing mountains in Nepal or panning for gold with a Farrah Fawcett look-alike, or several, by his side. He carried rope and a
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Ryan O'Neal allowed to keep Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Actor Ryan O'Neal will be allowed to keep a portrait of his late and longtime partner Farrah Fawcett painted by famed artist Andy Warhol after a jury deemed him the rightful owner on Thursday in a dispute with the University of Texas. The Austin-based university sued O'Neal over the ownership of the 1980 Warhol in 2011, after the "Charlie's Angels" star bequeathed her art collection to her alma mater before her death in 2009. That collection now in university hands includes a similar portrait of Fawcett - with her signature cascading tresses - painted by Warhol at the same time. The university said in court that Fawcett had wanted the school to have both portraits.
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Judge says Farrah Fawcett caregiver can testify
Yahoo News - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Farrah Fawcett's caregivers will be allowed to testify that the late actress told her an Andy Warhol portrait hanging in her home was owned by Ryan O'Neal.
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Farrah Fawcett passport, red swimsuit up for auction in Dallas
Reuters.com - about 3 years
DALLAS (Reuters) - A driver's license, film scripts, and a skimpy red swimsuit that once belonged to 1970s icon Farrah Fawcett will go up for auction in Dallas on Friday.
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Andy Warhol Painting Winds Up At Center Of Heated Dispute
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan O'Neal told a jury Monday that he owns an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett and it was not a secret that he had removed the artwork from her home after her death. "The painting is mine," the Oscar-nominated actor testified during a lawsuit filed by the University of Texas at Austin to determine ownership of the portrait done in 1980. The university claims Fawcett left the painting to the school as part of a donation of her artwork. O'Neal said Warhol created the portrait after shooting Polaroid photos of the actress and adding splashes of color to an otherwise monochrome canvas. The artist created two versions of the portrait — one that currently remains over O'Neal's bed at his Malibu beach house and another that is on display at the university's Blanton Museum of Art in Austin. O'Neal said Warhol asked him in 1980 whether Fawcett would be interested in being the subject of a portrait and that she agreed. The actor said he requested two versions sin ...
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War Over Warhol: Farrah Fawcett Portrait In Custody Battle
Yahoo News - about 3 years
ABC News’ Maria Nikias and Alison Kenworthy report: Farrah Fawcett’s longtime love actor Ryan O’Neal and the University of Texas at Austin are locked in a custody battle over a portrait of the late actress–and it’s not just any old painting. The likeness was painted...        
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Jury seated in case over disputed Fawcett portrait
Yahoo News - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has been seated in Los Angeles to hear a case over who owns an Andy Warhol portrait of the late Farrah Fawcett.
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Farrah Fawcett portrait by Andy Warhol at center of legal battle
LATimes - over 3 years
A portrait of actress Farrah Fawcett created by Andy Warhol is at the center of a legal dispute that is scheduled to head to court on Wednesday. Ryan O'Neal, who had a long relationship with the late actress, is fighting the University of Texas at Austin over possession of the painting, which the university claims to own.
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1970s Hair Icons That Will Make You Nostalgic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beyond the bell-bottoms and platform shoes in films and books, the 1970s was truly a transformative decade. Subcultures that spawned a generation of hipsters, rockers and radicals brought forth an eclectic mix of styles that we believe are best told through hair. From Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut to Debbie Harry's bleach-blonde bob to Pam Grier's Afro, these '70s hairdos echo the attitudes fueled by outspoken youth. To truly understand this great shift in society and politics, we've compiled a list of 16 hair icons whose strands tell a beautiful story. Farrah Fawcett The late "Charlie Angels" actress' flipped hairstyle remains one of the most sought-after looks, but somehow, many seem to fall flat of capturing Fawcett's big, bouncy mane. Pam Grier Grier's badass Afro commanded just as much attention and respect as the strong characters she played in blaxploitation films like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy." Debbie Harry What impressionable young girl didn't reach for that bot ...
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Gwyneth Paltrow's Farrah Fawcett Tribute Ad Doesn't Look Much Like Farrah... Or Gwyneth
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We could recognize Gwyneth Paltrow's gorgeous signature look -- bronze skin, blonde hair, perfect white smile -- pretty much anywhere. But the actress appears slightly less like herself in her new ad for Max Factor. To kick off the makeup brand's Modern Icon campaign, Gwyneth posed in a glam gold dress in an homage to Farrah Fawcett, the first of the five icons Max Factor will feature. But while Fawcett's signature look was her voluminous hair and lively glow, Gwyneth looks a little... flat, you might say. Taut, even. Dare we utter the word Photoshop? That, or some exceptionally transformative makeup. It is a cosmetics ad, after all. Check it out -- do you sense foul airbrushing play? Last we checked, Gwyn looked like this: Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle.
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My Hair, My Self: Better Living Through Curly Hair
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It was the year of the winged bangs and I was hell-bent on having them. Despite being born with a headful of ringlet curls and living in an oppressively humid climate, I wanted to belong. I was 14, it was the '70s, and a world of adolescent males awaited me. That is, if I could tame my damn hair into a Farrah Fawcett 'do and miraculously find a way to have perfectly flat wings all day long. God knows I tried. I slept on my back. I bobby-pinned them down on the way to school. I went to the bathroom 800 times during the day. Teachers were concerned that I was having issues with incontinence. I took it all in stride, because I knew that everything I did was for the greater good of finding someone to notice me. I was born with a mane of thick hair. It took patience to blow it dry. I was a teenager and had nothing but time. The days were long and languid. The sun hung in the air until after dinner. I spent every moment with Linda, my very best friend. She would often sit on the edge of t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Farrah Fawcett
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 62
    A private funeral was held in Los Angeles on June 30, 2009 with her son Redmond permitted to leave his California detention center to attend the funeral, where he gave the first reading.
    More Details Hide Details Fawcett is buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. News of Fawcett's death was largely overshadowed by the death of musician Michael Jackson, who died hours later the same day. On the night of her death, ABC aired an hour-long special episode of 20/20 featuring clips from several of Barbara Walters' past interviews with Fawcett as well as new interviews with Ryan O'Neal, Jaclyn Smith, Alana Stewart, and Dr. Lawrence Piro. Walters followed up on the story on Friday's episode of 20/20. CNN's Larry King Live planned a show exclusively about Fawcett that evening until the death of Michael Jackson several hours later caused the program to shift to cover both stories. Cher, a longtime friend of Fawcett, and Suzanne de Passe, executive producer of Fawcett's Small Sacrifices mini-series, both paid tribute to Fawcett on the program. Coincidentally, de Passe worked for Motown Records in the 1960s and 70s and played a major part in the development of The Jackson 5 which included lead singer Michael Jackson. NBC aired a Dateline NBC special "Farrah Fawcett: The Life and Death of an Angel" the following evening, June 26, preceded by a rebroadcast of Farrah's Story in prime time.
    Fawcett earned her fourth Emmy nomination posthumously on July 16, 2009, as producer of Farrah's Story.
    More Details Hide Details Controversy surrounded the aired version of the documentary, with her initial producing partner, who had worked with her four years earlier on her reality series Chasing Farrah, alleging O'Neal's and Stewart's editing of the program was not in keeping with her wishes to more thoroughly explore rare types of cancers such as her own and alternative methods of treatment. He was especially critical of scenes showing her son visiting her, for the last time, in shackles while she was nearly unconscious in bed. She had generally kept her son out of the media, and his appearances were minimal in Chasing Farrah.
    The two-hour documentary Farrah's Story, which was filmed by Fawcett and friend Alana Stewart, aired on NBC on May 15, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary was watched by nearly nine million people at its premiere airing, and it was re-aired on the broadcast network's cable stations MSNBC, Bravo and Oxygen.
    The Los Angeles Times reported she was in the last stages of her cancer and had the chance to see her son Redmond in April 2009, although shackled and under supervision, as he was then incarcerated.
    More Details Hide Details Her 91-year-old father, James, flew out to Los Angeles to visit. The cancer specialist who was treating Fawcett in L.A., Dr. Lawrence Piro, and Fawcett's friend and Angels co-star Kate Jackson – a breast cancer survivor – appeared together on The Today Show dispelling tabloid-fueled rumors, including suggestions Fawcett had ever been in a coma, had even reached 86 pounds, and had ever given up her fight against the disease or lost the will to live. Jackson decried such fabrications, saying they "really do hurt a human being and a person like Farrah." Piro recalled when it became necessary for Fawcett to undergo treatments that would cause her to lose her hair, acknowledging "Farrah probably has the most famous hair in the world", but also that it is not a trivial matter for any cancer patient, whose hair "affects one's whole sense of who they are". Of the documentary, Jackson averred Fawcett "didn't do this to show that 'she' is unique, she did it to show that we are all unique... T)his was... meant to be a gift to others to help and inspire them."
    In early April 2009, Fawcett, back in the United States, was hospitalized, with media reports declaring her unconscious and in critical condition, although subsequent reports indicated her condition was not so dire.
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    On June 22, 2009, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters reported that Ryan O'Neal had said that Fawcett had agreed to marry him as soon as she felt strong enough.
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    In April 2009, on probation for driving under the influence, Redmond was arrested for possession of narcotics while Fawcett was in the hospital.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 60
    However, in May 2007, Fawcett experienced a recurrence and was diagnosed with stage IV cancer that had metastasized to her liver (which has a 5-year survival rate of <20%); a malignant polyp was found where she had been treated for the initial cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Doctors contemplated whether to implant a radiation seeder (which differs from conventional radiation and is used to treat other types of cancer). Fawcett's U.S. doctors told her that she would require a colostomy. Not wanting to proceed with a colostomy for treatment of her stage IV cancer, she traveled to Germany for treatments described variously in the press as "holistic", "aggressive", and "alternative". There, Dr. Ursula Jacob prescribed a treatment including surgery to remove the anal tumor, a course of perfusion and embolization for her liver cancer by Doctors Claus Kiehling and Thomas Vogl in Germany, and chemotherapy back in Los Angeles. Although initially the tumors were regressing, their reappearance a few months later necessitated a new course, this time including laser ablation therapy and chemoembolization. Aided by friend Alana Stewart, Fawcett documented her battle with the disease.
    On April 6, the Associated Press reported that her cancer had metastasized to her liver, a development Fawcett had learned of in May 2007 and which her subsequent treatments in Germany had targeted.
    More Details Hide Details The report denied that she was unconscious and explained that the hospitalization was due not to her cancer but a painful abdominal hematoma that had been the result of a minor procedure. Her spokesperson emphasized she was not "at death's door", adding "She remains in good spirits with her usual sense of humor... She's been in great shape her whole life and has an incredible resolve and an incredible resilience." Fawcett was released from the hospital on April 9, picked up by longtime companion O'Neal, and, according to her doctor, was "walking and in great spirits and looking forward to celebrating Easter at home." A month later, on May 7, Fawcett was reported as critically ill, with Ryan O'Neal quoted as saying she now spends her days at home, on an IV and often asleep.
  • 2006
    Age 59
    Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006 and began treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery.
    More Details Hide Details Four months later, on her 60th birthday, the Associated Press reported that Fawcett was, at that point, cancer-free.
  • 2005
    Age 58
    Pauline Fawcett died soon after her daughter, on March 4, 2005, at the age of 91.
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    The fifth episode of her 2005 Chasing Farrah series followed the actress home to Texas to visit with her father, James, and mother, Pauline.
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  • 2001
    Age 54
    Fawcett's elder sister, Diane Fawcett Walls, died from lung cancer just before her 63rd birthday, on October 16, 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 52
    Though the Letterman appearance spawned speculation and several jokes at her expense, she returned to the show in 1999. Several years later in February 2009, Letterman ended an incoherent and largely unresponsive interview with Joaquin Phoenix by saying, "We owe an apology to Farrah Fawcett."
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  • 1998
    Age 51
    The relationship ended when Orr was charged with and later convicted of beating Fawcett during a 1998 fight between the two.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 50
    At the age of 50, she returned to Playboy with a pictorial for the July 1997 issue, which also became a top seller.
    More Details Hide Details The issue and its accompanying video featured Fawcett painting on canvas using her body, which had been an ambition of hers for years. That same year, Fawcett was chosen by Robert Duvall to play his wife in an independent feature film he was producing, The Apostle. She received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Actress for the film, which was highly critically acclaimed. In 2000, she worked with director Robert Altman and an all-star cast in the feature film Dr. T & the Women, playing the wife of Richard Gere (her character has a mental breakdown, leading to her first fully nude appearance).
    On June 5, 1997, Fawcett received negative commentary after giving a rambling interview and appearing distracted on Late Show with David Letterman.
    More Details Hide Details Months later, she told the host of The Howard Stern Show her behavior was just her way of joking around with the television host, partly in the guise of promoting her Playboy pictoral and video, explaining what appeared to be random looks across the theater was just her looking and reacting to fans in the audience.
    From 1997 to 1998, Fawcett had a relationship with Canadian filmmaker James Orr, writer and producer of the Disney feature film in which she co-starred with Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Man of the House.
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  • 1995
    Age 48
    Fawcett, who had steadfastly resisted appearing nude in magazines throughout the 1970s and 1980s (although she briefly appeared topless in the 1980 film Saturn 3), caused a major stir by posing semi-nude in the December 1995 issue of Playboy.
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  • 1989
    Age 42
    Her 1989 portrayal of convicted murderer Diane Downs in the miniseries Small Sacrifices earned her a second Emmy nomination and her sixth Golden Globe Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details The miniseries won a Peabody Award for excellence in television, with Fawcett's performance singled out by the organization, which stated "Ms. Fawcett brings a sense of realism rarely seen in television miniseries (to) a drama of unusual power".
    She was nominated for Golden Globe awards for roles as Beate Klarsfeld in Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story and troubled Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton in Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, and won a CableACE Award for her 1989 portrayal of groundbreaking LIFE magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, Fawcett appeared in the movie version of Extremities, which was also well received by critics and performed well financially.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. (At the time there was even talk and buzz about the possibility of her receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in the film.) She appeared in Jon Avnet's Between Two Women with Colleen Dewhurst, and took several more dramatic roles as infamous or renowned women.
  • 1985
    Age 38
    The relationship produced a son, Redmond James Fawcett-O'Neal, born January 30, 1985, in Los Angeles.
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  • 1983
    Age 36
    In 1983, Fawcett won critical acclaim for her role in the Off-Broadway stage production of the controversial play Extremities, written by William Mastrosimone.
    More Details Hide Details Replacing Susan Sarandon, she played an attempted rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker. She described the role as "the most grueling, the most intense, the most physically demanding and emotionally exhausting" of her career. During one performance, a stalker in the audience disrupted the show by asking Fawcett if she had received the photos and letters he had mailed her. Police removed the man and were able only to issue a summons for disorderly conduct. The following year, her role as a battered wife in the fact-based television movie The Burning Bed (1984) earned her the first of her four Emmy Award nominations. The project is noted as being the first television movie to provide a nationwide 800 number that offered help for others in the situation, in this case victims of domestic abuse. It was the highest-rated television movie of the season.
  • 1980
    Age 33
    In 1980, Fawcett starred in Stanley Donen's science-fiction film Saturn 3 with Kirk Douglas, though the film earned unfavorable reviews from critics and poor box office sales.
    More Details Hide Details The following year she starred alongside an ensemble cast, which included Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., in the comedy The Cannonball Run (1981). Later that year, she co-starred with Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Andy Griffith in the television movie Murder in Texas.
  • 1979
    Age 32
    From 1979 until 1997, Fawcett was involved romantically with actor Ryan O'Neal.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 30
    Fawcett left Charlie's Angels after only one season in the spring of 1977.
    More Details Hide Details After a series of legal battles over her contract with ABC, Cheryl Ladd eventually succeeded her on the show, portraying Jill Munroe's younger sister Kris Munroe. Numerous explanations for Fawcett's precipitous withdrawal from the show were offered over the years. Because her husband, Lee Majors, was the star of an established television show himself (ABC's Six Million Dollar Man which aired from 1974 to 1978), the strain on her marriage due to filming schedules that kept them apart for long periods was frequently cited, but her ambition to broaden her acting abilities in films has also been given as an explanation. She never officially signed her series contract with Spelling owing to protracted negotiations over royalties from her image's use in peripheral products, which led to an even more protracted lawsuit filed by Spelling and his company when she quit the show. As a result of leaving her contract four years early, she reluctantly signed a new contract with ABC stating that she would make six guest appearances on the series over a two-year period (1978–80).
    In a 1977 interview with TV Guide, she said, "When the show was number three, I thought it was our acting.
    More Details Hide Details When we got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra." Fawcett's appearance in the television 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", a "Farrah-flip", or simply "Farrah hair". Iterations of her hair style predominated among American women's hairstyles well into the 1980s.
  • 1976
    Age 29
    The Charlie's Angels series formally debuted on September 22, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Each of the three actresses was propelled to stardom, but Fawcett dominated popularity polls and was soon proclaimed a phenomenon. She subsequently won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Performer in a New TV Program.
    Spelling and his business partner eventually chose Fawcett to play Jill Munroe in their upcoming made-for-TV movie, Charlie's Angels, a movie of the week which aired on March 21, 1976, on ABC.
    More Details Hide Details The movie starred Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors), Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith as private investigators for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a reclusive multimillionaire whom the women had never met. Voiced by John Forsythe, the Charles Townsend character presented cases and dispensed advice via a speakerphone to his core team of three female employees, whom he referred to as "Angels". They were aided in the office and occasionally in the field by two male associates, played by character actors David Doyle and David Ogden Stiers. The program quickly earned a huge following, leading the network to air it a second time and approve production for a series, with the pilot's principal cast minus Ogden Stiers.
    In 1976, after Pro Arts Inc. pitched the idea of a poster of Fawcett to her agent, a photo shoot was arranged with photographer Bruce McBroom, who was hired by the poster company.
    More Details Hide Details According to friend Nels Van Patten, Fawcett styled her own hair and did her makeup without the aid of a mirror. Her blonde highlights were further heightened by a squeeze of lemon juice. From 40 rolls of film, Fawcett herself selected her six favorite pictures, eventually the choice was narrowed to the one that made her famous. The resulting poster, of Fawcett in a one-piece red bathing suit, is the best-selling poster in history. Due to the popularity of her poster, Fawcett earned a supporting role in Michael Anderson's science-fiction film Logan's Run (1976) with Michael York. She and her husband, television star Lee Majors, were frequent tennis partners with producer Aaron Spelling.
  • 1973
    Age 26
    Fawcett was married to Majors from 1973 to 1982, although the couple separated in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details During her marriage, she was known and credited in her roles as Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    She had a sizable part in the 1969 French romantic-drama Love Is a Funny Thing.
    More Details Hide Details She played the lesbian lover of Raquel Welch in Myra Breckinridge (1970).
  • 1968
    Age 21
    Upon arriving in Hollywood in 1968, Fawcett was signed to a $350-a-week contract with Screen Gems.
    More Details Hide Details She began to appear in commercials for such products as Noxzema, Max Factor, Mercury Cougar automobiles, and Beautyrest mattresses, among others. Her earliest acting appearances were guest spots on The Flying Nun (1969) and I Dream of Jeannie (1969–70). She made numerous other TV appearances, including Getting Together, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Mayberry R.F.D., and The Partridge Family. She appeared in four episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man with husband Lee Majors, on The Dating Game and S.W.A.T, and had a recurring role on Harry O alongside David Janssen.
    Finally, in 1968, the summer following her junior year, with her parents' permission to "try her luck" in Hollywood, Fawcett moved to Hollywood.
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    Fawcett began her career in 1968 in commercials and guest roles on television.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1970s, she appeared in numerous television series, including recurring roles on Harry O (1974–76), and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–78) with then husband, film and television star Lee Majors. Her breakthrough role came in 1976, when she was cast as Jill Munroe in the ABC series Charlie's Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The show propelled all three to stardom, but especially Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors). After appearing in only the first season, Fawcett decided to leave the show which led to legal disputes. Eventually she signed a contract requiring her to make six guest appearances in the show's third and fourth seasons (1978–80). For her role in Charlie's Angels she received her first Golden Globe nomination. In 1983, Fawcett received positive reviews for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Extremities. She was subsequently cast in the 1986 film version and received a Golden Globe nomination. She received two Emmy Award nominations for her roles in TV movies, as a battered wife in the 1984 film The Burning Bed and as real-life murderer Diane Downs in the 1989 film Small Sacrifices. Her 1980s work in TV movies also earned her four additional Golden Globe nominations.
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    Born on February 2, 1947.
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