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Farrah's Last Stand

Farrah (originally Ferrah) Leni Fawcett has died of complications with anal cancer, June 25, 2009 at the age of 62.  Born February 2, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Fawcett was best known for her role as the “angel” detective, Jill Munroe, on the hit show, Charlie’s Angels, which originally aired March 21, 1976 as a Movie of the Week.  The show was so popular, it was re-aired and then developed into a series.

Prior to coming to Hollywood, Fawcett had been brought up a Roman Catholic, graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi and went off to the University of Texas at Austin, where she was said to be deciding to study art or mircrobiology.  While a coed, Fawcett became a sister of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and was voted one of the  "Ten Most Beautiful Coeds". 

Rumor has it that a photo was taken to commemorate the honor and that a publicist in Los Angeles saw this picture encouraging Fawcett to come give Hollywood a try.However it happened, Fawcett landed in LA, doing her time in commercials appearing in a variety of television programs including I Dream of Jeanie and The Dating Game, ultimately landing in her hit role as Jill Munroe.

After a series of failed roles and a divorce from former husband Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar 

Man), Fawcett was cast to replace Susan Sarandon in the off broadway play Extremities.  The play cast Fawcett in one of her most demanding roles to date, as a would-be rape victim who turns the tables on her would-be attacker.  The role won her critical acclaim.

After completing her off-broadway performance, Fawcett was cast to play an abused wife in the made for TV movie, The Burning Bed. Not only did Fawcett receive an Emmy Award nomination, but her performance shed light on and gave a voice to the issue of domestic violence.  

 

The movie was so successful, even 1-800 numbers were set up to encourage women that have been abused to seek assistance.  Fawcett went on to star in television and film, including the acclaimed film, The Apostle, opposite Robert Duvall.

 

Unfortunately, Fawcett was not the only one in her family to succumb to cancer.  Her elder sister, Diane Fawcett Walls, died from lung cancer just before her 63rd birthday, on October 16, 2001.  Fawcett’s mother died on March 4, 2005, at the age of 91. 

 

Fawcett is survived by her father, James William Fawcett, son, Redmond O'Neal, her long time partner and father of her son, Ryan O’Neal and a whole host of friends and fans.





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