Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

After a public and documented battle with cancer, the legendary angel Farrah Fawcett has passed away at the age of 62.

The Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award nominee started her career in the 1970s with small roles in such iconic television shows as "The Partridge Family", "The Flying Nun", and "I Dream of Jeanie", as well as in films such as Myra Breckinridge (with Mae West).

But it wasn't until she came skateboarding onto the scene in 1976 as Jill Munroe in the smash-hit TV series "Charlie's Angels" that Fawcett's career began to soar.

She quickly became an international star and sex symbol throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Her hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and her poster sales broke records (her famous pose in a red bathing suit sold over 8,000,000 prints).

She would go on to work on films such as Logan's Run, The Cannonball Run, Dr. T and the Women (directed by Robert Altman), Extremities (Golden Globe nominated role), and The Apostle (Independent Spirit Award nomination), among many others.

In a career that would span 40 years, Fawcett appeared in more than 100 television shows and films. A feat that also earned her a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Married to Lee Majors from 1973-1982, Fawcett then entered a memorable 17-year relationship with Ryan O'Neal (with whom she remained very close up to the day she died).

Farrah Fawcett was an entertainment treasure. An always optimistic and determined individual who continued to grow and challenge herself for the entirety of her life. While I am grateful that her suffering is over, I know I speak for many when I say how much we'll miss her.

Farewell, angel.

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