Spotlight: Farrah Fawcett
The actress Farrah Fawcett has died in California after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was 62.
Earlier this morning, Barbara Walters told "Good Morning America" that Fawcett received last rites and her friends and family were saying their goodbyes.
The death was expected, with many months of build-up and rumors about her deteriorating health. In May, NBC aired a documentary chronicling her cancer battle. Tonight ABC will air a 20/20 special edition titled "Farrah's Love," which includes an interview with Fawcett's long-time companion Ryan O'Neal.
As a child of the Eighties, I clearly remember Fawcett's role as the sexy blonde bombshell Jill Munroe in the syndicated detective series, "Charlie's Angels." While she only remained on the series for a year with guest appearances throughout the next few seasons, it is clear that even in death she will be remembered for this role. And who, of course, can ever forget her image as the pin-up girl in a red bathing suit on poster's that hung in teenage boys' rooms across America.
And way before Jennifer Anniston's "Rachel" haircut of the 1990s, Fawcett inspired millions of woman to style their hair.
Years after her role on "Angels," Fawcett made a surprising comeback, playing a battered woman on the NBC made-for-TV movie, "The Burning Bed." She continued to play vulnerable woman, capitalizing on her success in this niche.
She had been the headlines recently for her battle with cancer and in the last few years was tabloid fodder. Who can forget her on-again-off-again relationship with O'Neal, her son Redmond's troubles with drugs, and her incoherent appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 1997?
But when I think of Fawcett, the blonde curls and sexy red bathing suit poster will still come to mind.
Below is a Farrah Fawcett interview that I found on You Tube.
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