Friday, June 25, 2010

Remembering Farrah

 1970's Stunner
The "Farrah in a red swimsuit" record-breaking poster
 sold over ten million copies in 1976.

Despite everything-good and not so good- written about Farrah Fawcett, one thing remains certain. Farrah was a beautiful woman. Almost every adolescent girl in the mid-1970's -myself included- wanted to be Farrah.

 Or at least have Farrah's hair.

In the years following Charlie's Angels the ultimate Me Decade hot babe in the red bathing suit fought long and hard to distance herself from the perky blonde image of 'Angel' Jill Monroe while building her reputation as a serious and highly successful actress.
 Farrah stunned viewers as the long-suffering, brutalized housewife with a flare for revenge in the movie, The Burning Bed,(1984) followed by her believable portrayal of the relentlessly determine Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, in The Beate Klarsfeld Story (1986), not to mention her bone-chilling realism as child killer Diane Downes in Small Sacrifices (1989). She also won reviews as the terrorized rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker in both the off-Broadway play (1983) and movie version of Extremities. (1986), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
 While I really do not know what happened  in the marriage between Farrah and her Six Million Dollar Man,  Big Valley star and first husband, Lee Majors, Farrah seemed to have a long and happy, if sometimes stormy relationship with actor Ryan O'Neal. I remember when she was pregnant with their son, Redmond. 
 Even with a big belly Farrah looked fabulous! 

 Farrah and first husband,
actor Lee Majors

 Farrah with Ryan O'Neal
and their son, Redmond

In fact, Farrah was always in great shape. 
This native Texan was the living embodiment of the classic blonde California surfer girl. 

That's why it really shocked me when I found out she was suffering from rectal cancer. Farrah had cancer? I guess it really is the truth that cancer does not discriminate when it comes to victims.

Although Farrah and Ryan had drifted apart in recent years, he was there for her through her long suffering and was at her side when she died a year ago today. Of course, news of her death was quickly eclipsed by the sudden demise of
 music and pop culture legend Michael Jackson.
 Today, as the world once again pays extravagant homage
 to his untimely passing,
I am choosing to honor the memory
 of the beautiful and talented Farrah. 
May she rest in peace.

Back in the day, everyone wanted the "FFM look".
Myself included! 

 The original Farrah Fawcett doll
released by MEGO in 1977.

Mattell's Farrah doll in the iconic red swimsuit
was released in July, 2011. Part of the
proceeds from sale of the doll will go
to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation
for cancer research.

Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett
February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009
May she rest in peace. 

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