After a three year long battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett, International sex symbol and Charlie’s Angels actress has finally succumbed to her illness, passing away in Saint John’s Health Centre in Santa Monica, surrounded by friends and family at 2.30 AM yesterday. Farrah was 62 at the time of her death and engaged to her long time companion Ryan O’Neil. She had been given her last rites the day before her death.
Farrah Fawcett started her career as an actress in the 1969, after having been urged to move to Hollywood by a publicist who came across her photo in Cashbox magazine. She appeared in numerous TV commercials for consumer products before getting a guest spot on I Dream of Jeannie.
Farrah Fawcett’s career took off when she posed for a pin-up poster for Pro Arts Inc in 1976. The poster became an immediate best seller, with sales estimates ranging from over 5 million to 12 million copies sold. On March 21st of the same year, Fawcett made her first appearance in her most famous role, that of Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels. She soon became a fan favourite and won a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Performer in a New TV Program.
Since then, she cemented her position as a “serious” actress by appearing in a series of dramatic roles, the most prominent being that of Marjorie, a would-be rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker, in the play Extremities.
Farrah Fawcett was married to Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982, despite being separated in 1979. She later became romantically involved with actor Ryan O’Neal. Prior to her death, she had announced her intention to marry Ryan as soon as she recovered from cancer.
Farrah was first diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She was rushed into hospital in early April 2009, when the cancer had metastasized to her liver. She later made Farrah’s Story, a documentary of her battle with cancer.
Farrah is succeeded by her son, Redmond O’Neal and fiancee Ryan O’Neal. Her official website is located at http://www.farrahfawcett.us/, but is not available to visitors outside of the US at this time.