Like a lot of women, I’ve always wanted to resemble Farrah in some fashion—in my case, her hair. She was always famous for her glorious, wild blonde hair, and every time the wind sweeps mine up, I always declare, “Look at my Farrah Fawcett hair!”
Though I was never a huge fan, I have admired her work, and know that she was much more than a sex object.
Though a famous poster of Farrah in a single piece red bathing suit is said to be the best-selling pinup poster of all time—with some estimates as high as twelve million copies sold—it should be known that the actor’s career speaks for itself—and that she had not just beauty, but also immense talent.
With both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations behind her, Farrah’s talent has been recognized as something extraordinary. Sure, she sparkled with that incredible hair and wide, white smile, but she also had an on-screen charisma that, even without personally knowing her, her audience knew had to be just as present in person.
Why else would she have played so many famous women, or been able to play such amazing roles in the play Extremities and the TV-movie The Burning Bed? Yes, she knew she was gorgeous and posed for Playboy twice, but she also knew that she had the flair of a star, and she displayed that flair in performances throughout her career.
Farrah suffered terribly from the anal cancer that she once thought she beat, and seeing her sick, sad face on the tabloids was always heartbreaking. Chemotherapy, surgery, and other aggressive treatments are hell to go through for anyone, let alone when you have the paparazzi following you. The snippy claims about her giving up the fight and weighing less than 100 pounds, I’m sure, didn’t have a great affect on her health.
Prior to her death, Farrah filmed a two-hour documentary based on her life called Farrah’s Story. Nearly 9 million viewers tuned in to watch it, proving that even with the cancer and her age, the star was still completely relevant and important to her fans.
She had also become engaged to longtime love Ryan O’Neal.
“Farrah had courage, she had strength, and she had faith. And now she has peace as she rests with the real angels,” said Jaclyn Smith, Farrah’s fellow Charlie’s Angels star, surely echoing the thoughts of Farrah’s friends, family and fans today.