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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:||Cast ... actress model|
ankless role in the Burt Reynolds comedy "The Cannonball Run" (1981), which marked her sole movie hit of the period, but not due to her efforts. Meanwhile, Fawcett became involved with the volatile actor Ryan O'Neal, a friend of Majors who was also on the cusp of a major career wane after enjoying a heady run as leading man in several classic films of the 1960s and 1970s. The duo became inseparable for many years, and eventually produced a son, Redmond, in 1985 - but never married; a somewhat shocking lifestyle choice at that time.
Faced with the fact that few quality motion pictures, if any, were coming her way, Fawcett returned to television with a string of character-driven parts in TV movies. She received solid notices for her turn as the murdered socialite wife of a plastic surgeon in "Murder in Texas" (1981), and earned rave reviews for her physically and emotionally strenuous performance in the play "Extremities" (1982), which cast her as a woman who turns the tables on a malevolent attacker. The true turning point in Fawcett's career, however - phase II, really - came two years later when she was cast as a battered wife who murders her abusive husband in the TV-movie "The Burning Bed" (1984). Fawcett's commitment to the real-life story and her unglamorous appearance wowed critics - to say nothing of showing off considerable acting chops most critics had long assumed she never possessed. The telefilm was so ground-breaking for Fawcett, it brought her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. It also allowed her to settle into a series of high-profile dramas on television and film, including the feature film version of "Extremities" (1986); "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfield Story" (1986), which cast her as the real-life Dutch prosecutor who brought Klaus Barbie to trial; and "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1987), a biopic of heiress Barbara Hutton. The richness of her performances in these projects and others yielded numerous Golden Globe nominations, but more importantly, an almost apologetic about-face by critics regarding her talents.
Fawcett's winning streak ended on a high note in 1989 with "Small Sacrifices," another TV movie inspired by tragic events; this time, the murder of three small children by their own mother (Fawcett), who attempted to pass off the killing as the result of a carjacking. Viewers and critics once again showered her with praise and a second Emmy nod, but the project would also prove to be one of her last of note for some time. Shortly after its release, she and O'Neal would co-star in the sitcom "Good Sports" (CBS, 1991) as romantically involved newscasters. Audiences found their off-screen chemistry more engaging, and the show was axed after only nine episodes.
Fawcett continued to appear in high-profile TV movies, but their level of quality simply did not match her 1980s efforts, and her appearances began to diminish. In 1995, she surprised fans and critics alike by posing nude at age 48 in an issue of Playboy. Its top sales figures were expected, but commentators began to wonder aloud if her appearance had undone much of the respect she had worked hard to generate over the past decade. The layout also preceded a long period of unfortunate public appearances and negative press for the actress; rumors of drug use and mental instability were fueled by the dissolution of her longtime relationship with O'Neal, as well as an infamous 1997 appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS, 1993- ) in which she seemed disoriented and heavily adorned with noticeable plastic surgery. She later dismissed the claims as her own manner of dealing with the irreverent host, but pundits sunk their claws into the idea, and Fawcett's reputation as a loose cannon was set in stone.
The sole high point during this period was as Robert Duvall's embittered ex-wife in the 1997 independent drama "The Apostle." She received excellent notices for the film, but was unable to carry forward the momentum to future projects. It certainly wasn't for a lack of trying, as Fawcett gave fine performances in the TNT production "Baby" (2000) as a rural mother who struggles to raise an abandoned child and even spoofed her own wild image as Richard Gere's disturbed wife, who strips in a crowded shopping mall in Robert Altman's "Dr. T and the Women" (2000). But these efforts were overshadowed by the success of her Playboy pay-per-view special "Farrah Fawcett: All of Me" (1997), which saw her painting abstracts with her nude body, or by her disastrous relationship with producer James Orr. Problems first arose in 1997 when she was accused by one of Orr's exes of stealing clothes and nude photographs from his home, and got worse the following year when he was arrested for physically assaulting her after she spurned his marriage proposal.
Despite the scandal, Fawcett kept working in television, including high-profile appearances on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), and "The Guardian" (CBS, 2002-2004), which earned her an Emmy nomination. She also participated in a short-lived reality series, "Chasing Farrah" (TV Land, 2005), which generated few viewers, despite its enticing offer to give the "real story" about Fawcett's day-to-day life. A 2006 appearance with fellow original Angels Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith as part of a tribute to Aaron Spelling at the 58th Annual Emmy Awards also sparked rumors that the three were considering a reunion. Their appearance together for the first time in 30 years was met with much fanfare. This reunion was quickly quelled by the sad announcement that Fawcett was suffering from anal cancer and undergoing chemotherapy and surgery. The news came during a particularly painful period for the actress, who had lost her mother and longtime agent Jay Bernstein earlier that year, and was still reeling from the death of her sister Diane in 2001. Adding to her issues, her former lover Ryan O'Neal had been diagnosed with leukemia earlier that same year. After O'Neal was declared free of the disease, he reunited with Fawcett and devoted much of his time to caring for her and her cancer in his home. She was also visited frequently by Jackson and Smith, whom she had supported during their own bouts with cancer in years prior.
In 2007, Fawcett reported that her doctors had declared her cancer-free; the announcement was overshadowed by an altercation between O'Neal and his son, Griffin, at the actor's home, which resulted in his arrest. Later that year, reports surfaced that Fawcett's cancer had resurfaced in a malignant form and that she was seeking alternative treatment in Germany. The treatment was also being filmed as part of a reality program which would go on to garner huge ratings for NBC when it aired as a two-hour special called "Farrah's Story" in May 2009. But regardless of the fact or fiction of her prognosis, fans of all ages hoped their favorite and most iconic Angel would beat the cancer and go on to great performances and personal happiness. Sadly, Fawcett's condition worsened when O'Neal declared in a taped interview with "20/20" (ABC, 1978- ) that she was "fighting for her life." With spirits high, he also stated that he intended to finally marry her after 26 years of him asking for her hand. But before the interview could be aired, it was announced that Fawcett had succumbed to her cancer with family and friends by her side on the morning of June 25, 2009 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital. She was 62. of her life in sharp decline at the end of the 1970s. She separated from Majors in 1979 and finalized their divorce some three years later. She attempted to halt the dissipation of her film career by appearing topless in the science fiction thriller "Saturn 3" (1980), but the movie - in which she appeared opposite Kirk Douglas as astronauts threatened by a madman (a dubbed Harvey Keitel) and his giant robot - was a troubled production and a box office failure. She then signed on for a th
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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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