R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

Actress Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with cancer today. She was 62.

It's hard to describe what was so special about her to people who weren't around in the 70's. As this writer says, she was more than a pinup on a poster, but that poster just may be the most memorable one of the era.

She was an All-American Girl at a time when a country clawed bloody by scandal and war really needed one, and The Farrah Fawcett Poster became to late 20th century America what Betty Grable was to GIs in World War II. Half the boys in the country had it on the wall and the other half didn't need to, because they'd memorized it.

My review of Farrah's Story, her documentary about her battle with cancer is here.

She had such grace and beauty and a smile that lit up the world. At least her suffering is over. R.I.P. Farrah, and condolences to her family and friends.

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    I had that poster on my bedroom wall. (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by ChiTownDenny on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:12:23 PM EST
    She will be missed.

    I'm beginning to think that it's the only picture (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by andgarden on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:16:41 PM EST
    of her. RIP.

    My brother did too (none / 0) (#4)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:15:53 PM EST
    My brother had Farrah
    My sister had Mark Spitz

    I was too young for either.


    I also had that poster (none / 0) (#18)
    by cal1942 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 10:03:49 AM EST
    and I was no kid.  

    My 11 year old daughter bought it for me.


    Ryan O'Neal just released the following: (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:19:20 PM EST
    "After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away. Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world."

    thanks for posting that (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:21:12 PM EST
    You're welcome. (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:28:58 PM EST
    I met her once, about 15 years ago. She was lovely.

    Very sad... (5.00 / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 09:04:02 PM EST
    they did not have time to get married.

    Bummer of a day.


    I see (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:31:00 PM EST
    Michael Jackson has already taken Farrah off the front page of web sites.  That is really too bad.  Her memory deserved this day.

    But something tells me that she'd (5.00 / 0) (#10)
    by Anne on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:50:54 PM EST
    had enough of the glare of the cameras and the intrusiveness of the paparrazi; maybe in one of those strange quirks of fate, the universe is seeing to it that her family and her real friends can grieve in relative peace.

    That being said, I think Barbara Walters had a special one-hour interview with Ryan O'Neal planned for tomorrow (?) night, and maybe it will be a fitting tribute to her if it airs as scheduled.


    I think it was originally planned for tonight? (none / 0) (#11)
    by nycstray on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 06:33:08 PM EST
    Or perhaps when she took a serious turn they switched it, and that's what I heard on the news this AM. My brain's a tad fried today. ABC news ended saying they were showing MJ at 9 and the 20/20 story on her would still air at 10 (eastern times?)

    When we were in HS, 4 of us booked appointments at the hair salon at the same time and all cut our long hair like hers . . .


    Jeralyn, you wrote a beautiful tribute, (5.00 / 2) (#13)
    by FoxholeAtheist on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 07:54:36 PM EST
    thank you. I first saw Farrah in the 1976 film Logan's Run. I think she was actually an atypical beauty. There was something uncanny and other-worldly about the way she looked, especially in those early years. I mean, the hair, the eyes, the teeth, the skin, the radiance; one had to look at her for some time to get past being gob-smacked.

    Michael Jackson too (none / 0) (#1)
    by progrocks on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 04:50:41 PM EST
    died this afternoon according to tmz.

    well, he lacked the beauty and all that, but was an iconic talent from that era also

    TMZ is like Star magazine (none / 0) (#3)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 05:15:11 PM EST
    You don't believe them, then you find out they were right.

    So true (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 06:56:22 PM EST
    Half the boys in the country had it on the wall and the other half didn't need to, because they'd memorized it.

    To this day, I'm still encamped with those in the second half of that statement.

    She lived a life (none / 0) (#16)
    by NMvoiceofreason on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 11:35:42 PM EST
    that became famous before she was ready. Married to a stuntman who got her into the business, she got used and used up, and had enough of all of it. After whatever happened between her and Lee (stories differ), she found the love of her life, and led a life of contribution and compassion.

    She will be missed.

    Correction (none / 0) (#19)
    by NMvoiceofreason on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 12:11:19 PM EST
    She was in the business when she met the stuntman.

    my cousin (none / 0) (#17)
    by Jlvngstn on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 07:08:55 AM EST
    had the poster, and I fell in the memorized category...

    My wife and 9 year old daughter have been watching Angels' episodes online for the past few months.