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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.

By Lauren Wiseman |  June 25, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  | Category:  Actors, actresses , Movies , Obituaries
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God bless and God speed.

Posted by: ArlingtonVA1 | June 25, 2009 1:30 PM

Rest in peace.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | June 25, 2009 1:57 PM

I'm sure this obit was a long time coming so surely there was plenty of time to fact check this article. "The Burning Bed" aired first on NBC. http://www.rgpinc.com/theburningbed.php

Posted by: myssi | June 25, 2009 2:06 PM

We love you Farrah - you have peace now x

Posted by: coiaorguk | June 25, 2009 2:16 PM

You are correct. The Burning Bed first aired on NBC in 1984. We have corrected the blog posting, and as always, appreciate all reader feedback.

Posted by: Lauren Wiseman | June 25, 2009 2:38 PM

This is so sad, even though you know that a person is going to pass away you could never prepare yourself for things like that I mean death is a part of life it's so sad to me. Rest in Peace Farrah God just received another angel.

Posted by: swinnielashawn@yahoo.com | June 25, 2009 2:42 PM

She should courage and determination till the end. What strength this fine lady had.
Rest in Peace Farrah, you will always be remembered.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | June 25, 2009 2:58 PM

She showed courage and determination till the end. What strength this fine lady had.
Rest in Peace Farrah, you will always be remembered.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | June 25, 2009 3:00 PM

She was a beautifully flawed human we will greatly miss.

Posted by: Windy3 | June 25, 2009 3:06 PM

She will be sadly missed but always remembered in the hearts of so many.

Rest in pease Farrah, we all love you very much!

My sympathy goes out to her family and closer friends in their time of need. May god be with each and everyone of you.

Posted by: jenb0730 | June 25, 2009 4:03 PM

Farrah was a sweet and beautiful person, she was genuine and honest, with her naive nature made you want to watch her time after time where she brought her true character to life. Farrahs' movies were remarkable to watch, she was wonderful in all of them. We will all miss her, it was a pleasure to watch her movies for all these years. Best wishes to her son Redmond, Ryan, her family and friends.

Posted by: Ls888 | June 25, 2009 4:31 PM

As we say farewell to a beautiful and strong lady, know that you will live on in all of our hearts, Farrah. The joy you brought to the world remains.

Posted by: marytru | June 25, 2009 4:33 PM

Good youtube clip. BTW,I read the NYT obit and thought it was awful. Why not just celebrate her life rather than focus on her shortcomings?

Posted by: chiquindola | June 25, 2009 5:33 PM


My 1970's "girlfriend" has died? If you're 50-to-60 years old you can make the same comment. "The Poster" is how I'll always remember her. That knockout smile, incredible hair that you just wanted to get lost in, and those inviting eyes.

RIP beautiful Farrah.

Posted by: jdmueh | June 25, 2009 6:03 PM

Ms. Fawcett was a woman of great character and immense courage.
May God bless her family and Ryan O'Neal in this loss.
She was a good actress and a strong, principled woman whom I admired.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | June 25, 2009 6:32 PM

Say what you want -- I saw the NBC documentary and was extraordinarily moved. That this movie star permitted herself to be seen in the ravages of cancer was a real service, as was standing up to the tabloid scum. This lady had a lot of courage. RIP.

Posted by: Omyobama | June 25, 2009 6:32 PM

Sad day. We lost two of our greatest white stars. Farrah and Michael.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | June 25, 2009 6:38 PM

Tupac Goldstein - always ready with a sick, twisted, and terribly inappropriate comment. Hope you and your friends (if you have any?) got a good chuckle from your 3rd grade remark?

Posted by: jdmueh | June 25, 2009 7:26 PM


Loved you Farrah! May you get the peace you deserve. You had it all, beauty and talent. Your talent extended from comedy to tragedy. You were the Monroe of my generation.


Posted by: mortified469 | June 25, 2009 8:54 PM

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