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Also Known As: Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Ferrah Leni Fawcett Died: June 25, 2009
Born: February 2, 1947 Cause of Death: anal cancer
Birth Place: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Profession: actress, model

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One of the most iconic entertainment figures of the 1970s, Farrah Fawcett was an American actress who burst onto the pop culture scene as the bathing suit-clad subject of a best-selling poster. Her image - impossibly fresh-faced, toothsome and glowing with confidence and casual sex appeal - boosted her fledgling acting career and was almost as critical to her superstardom as her bouncy turn as one of a trio of "three little girls who went to the police academy " in Aaron Spelling's camp action series "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981). At the peak of her fame and after only one season, she shockingly departed the series in 1977 with the intention of making a name in feature films, but the results were dismal at best and she was virtually written off as a 1970s relic, much like the pet rock. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong - that she was more than pearly whites and feathered hair - in the early 1980s, she began surprising fans and critics alike with a string of intense and unglamorous roles in plays, independent features and television movies like "The Burning Bed" (1984), "Extremities" (1985), and "Small Sacrifices" (1989). But Fawcett found it difficult to maintain the same level of quality...

One of the most iconic entertainment figures of the 1970s, Farrah Fawcett was an American actress who burst onto the pop culture scene as the bathing suit-clad subject of a best-selling poster. Her image - impossibly fresh-faced, toothsome and glowing with confidence and casual sex appeal - boosted her fledgling acting career and was almost as critical to her superstardom as her bouncy turn as one of a trio of "three little girls who went to the police academy " in Aaron Spelling's camp action series "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981). At the peak of her fame and after only one season, she shockingly departed the series in 1977 with the intention of making a name in feature films, but the results were dismal at best and she was virtually written off as a 1970s relic, much like the pet rock. Determined to prove the naysayers wrong - that she was more than pearly whites and feathered hair - in the early 1980s, she began surprising fans and critics alike with a string of intense and unglamorous roles in plays, independent features and television movies like "The Burning Bed" (1984), "Extremities" (1985), and "Small Sacrifices" (1989). But Fawcett found it difficult to maintain the same level of quality in later projects, and a series of public appearances in which she appeared confused and/or heavily medicated did much to undo the goodwill generated by these mid-career efforts. In 2006 and 2007, Fawcett generated international headlines again with the revelation that she was undergoing treatment for anal cancer - the third of the three original Angels to confront this disease. Her long battle, poignantly documented in the public's last glimpse of the icon, "Farrah's Story" (NBC, 2009), came to an end on June 25, 2009 when Fawcett, 62, died in Los Angeles with family and friends by her bedside.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cookout, The (2004) Mrs Crowley
3.
 Jewel (2001) Jewel Hilburn
4.
 Baby (2000) Lily Malone
5.
 Dr. T and the Women (2000) Kate Travis
6.
 Silk Hope (1999) Frannie Vaughn
7.
 Apostle, The (1997) Jessie Dewey
8.
 Lovemaster, The (1997) Craig'S Dream Date
9.
 Dalva (1996) Dalva Northridge
10.
 Man of the House (1995)
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Began modeling career as an undergraduate
1967:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting career
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Appeared as a contestant on "The Dating Game"
1969:
First TV appearances in "I Dream of Jeannie" (NBC)
1969:
Made feature acting debut in "Love Is a Funny Thing"
1970:
Played a small role in the outrageous sex farce, "Myra Breckinridge"
1971:
Had featured role in the ABC movie, "The Feminist and the Fuzz"
1973:
Co-starred in the ABC TV-movie, "The Great American Beauty Contest"
1974:
Guest-starred in four episodes of "The Six Million Dollar Man" (ABC)
1976:
Debuted as series regular Jill Munroe on the ABC series, "Charlie's Angels"; left after one season and replaced by Cheryl Ladd (who portrayed Jill's younger sister Kris)
1976:
Released best-selling swimsuit poster that went on to sell a still-unrivaled 12 million copies
1978:
Played first leading role in a feature film in "Somebody Killed Her Husband"
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Made stage debut as Jill in "Butterflies Are Free" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Jupiter, FL
1983:
Made Off-Broadway debut in "Extremities"
1984:
Earned critical praise as a battered wife in "The Burning Bed" (NBC); garnered first Emmy nomination
1986:
Played the title role in "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story" (ABC)
1989:
Returned to feature films to appear in "See You in the Morning"
1989:
Had lead in the ABC miniseries, "Small Sacrifices"; received second Emmy nomination
1989:
Played lead in biopic "Margaret Bourke-White" (TNT)
1991:
Starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Good Sports"
1994:
Co-starred in the above average TV-movie, "The Substitute Wife" (NBC)
1995:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1995:
Returned to features after a six-year absence, co-starring with Chevy Chase in "Man of the House"
1995:
Posed for <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1996:
Had lead role in the Western "Dalva" (ABC)
1997:
Appeared in the pay-per-view special, "Farrah Fawcett: All of Me"; later released on video
1997:
Received critical praise for her role as Robert Duvall's straying spouse in "The Apostle"
1997:
Posed for a second time in <i>Playboy</i> magazine at age 50
2000:
Cast as Richard Gere's disturbed wife in "Dr. T & the Women"
2000:
Starred opposite Sam Shepard as a middle-aged married couple in the TNT movie, "Baby"
2001:
Had leading role as the mother of a Downs Syndrome child in "Jewel" (CBS)
2001:
Played the recurring role of Judge Simmons in the ABC sitcom, "Spin City"
2002:
Had a recurring role on the CBS series, "The Guardian"; earned an Emmy nomination for her Guest-Starring role
2004:
Cast in the comedy "The Cookout"; scripted by and co-starring Queen Latifah
2005:
Appeared as herself in the reality series, "Chasing Farrah" (TV Land)
2009:
Documented her on-going battle with cancer in the television documentary "Farrah's Story" (NBC); earned a posthumous Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special
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Education

University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -
W. B. Ray High School: Corpus Christi , Texas - 1965

Notes

Fawcett's former manager, Jay Bernstein, recalls that during her heyday of the late 1970s, "I saw in Farrah the possibility of a real legend--baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolets." (Quoted in "Earl Blackwell's Entertainment Celebrity Register", 1991)

"Since 'The Apostle', I've become a little spoiled. I've passed on some things I thought were gratuitous-female parts. What I love is change and challenge." --Farrah Fawcett to Bob Thomas in The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 1999.

"Virtually everything you read about me that perpetuates negativity has no substance to it whatsoever. Throughout my career, whether I choose to pull back from the public eye or not, they've made up stuff." --Farrah Fawcett to Daily News, October 13, 1999.

"I have made it in this town without sleeping with one person. I'm not in Warren [Beatty]'s book and I'm not in Jack [Nicholson]'s book, And I'm proud of that." --Fawcett to Talk, December 1999-January 2000.

"If anybody thinks I'm stupid enough to have a drink or use drugs, they are out their minds." --Fawcett in USA Today, December 18, 1997.

"I am who I am...If I'm on location in the woods and my trailer is miles away, I will go to the bathroom in the bushes...that's who I am."-Fawcett Movieline November 2002

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companion:
Greg Lott. Businessman. Born c. 1946; owns flooring company; were college sweethearts in the 1960s; reunited in 1998 in Austin; filed for divorce from his wife in October 1998.
husband:
Lee Majors. Actor. Met in 1968; began dating; married in July 1973; separated in 1979; divorced in 1982.
companion:
Ryan O'Neal. Actor. Together from 1979 until separation in 1997; father of Fawcett's son Redmond.
companion:
James Orr. Director. Directed Fawcett in "Man of the House" (1995); born c. 1953; separated in 1998; arrested for alleged domestic abuse stemming from an incident in January 1998; convicted.
companion:
Martin Barba. Tennis pro. Born c. 1967; dated briefly in 1998.
companion:
Marc Berg. Manager. Reportedly dated in 2000.
companion:
Rick Thurman. Sports agent. Reportedly dated in 2001.
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father:
James William Fawcett. Oil field contractor.
mother:
Pauline Alice Fawcett.
sister:
Diane Walls. Born in 1939.
son:
Redmond James O'Neal. Born on January 30, 1985; father, Ryan O'Neal.
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rob mabee ( 2006-06-23 )

Source: DVD boxed sets of Season 1 and Season 2

Farrah played Jill Monroe on only one season on Charlie's Angels (1976-77), not two. Correctly, she did make guest appearances in seasons three and four after an out-of-court settlement with Spelling/Goldberg.

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