Farrah Fawcett

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Farrah Fawcett Biography

Farrah Leni Fawcett (born 2 February 1947) is an actress who became a noted pop culture icon of the 1970s.

Fawcett was the best-known star of the television series Charlie's Angels, even though she was only a part of the cast for one year and a few guest spots. A photo of Farrah in a red swimsuit was one of the most popular pin-up posters of the 1970s, and her layered, feathery-looking hairdo was among the most emulated hairstyles of the decade. She was married to actor Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982, though the two separated in 1979.

Fawcett achieved critical praise as a serious actress for her role as a battered wife in the 1984 television movie, The Burning Bed. She also won acclaim in the stage and movie version of Extremities. In this role, she played a rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker.

From 1980 to 1997, Fawcett was involved in an often abusive relationship with actor Ryan O'Neal. The relationship produced one child, Redmond, in 1985. In 1998 she was severely injured by then boyfriend James Orr after refusing to marry him.

In 1997 she received some negative attention after giving a less-than-coherent interview on The Late Show with David Letterman. It was speculated that her rambling, incoherent manner was because of drug abuse. She claims that she was just nervous and unprepared for the appearance.

Fawcett has appeared nude at least twice in the men's magazine Playboy. The most recent appearance was when she was 50, which is much older than the average age of a Playboy model.

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Farrah Fawcett Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Special Farrah's Story (2009) (TV). Nominated
2004 TV Land Awards Favorite "Fan"-tastic Phenomenon "Charlie's Angels" (1976). Won
2003 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series "The Guardian" (2001). Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female The Apostle (1997). Nominated
1995 Walk of Fame Television Won

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Farrah Fawcett Trivia

  • Attended the University of Texas at Austin (1966-67).
  • Lived with Ryan O'Neal for 17 years. His daughter, actress Tatum O'Neal, disapproved of her father's relationship with Fawcett.
  • Farrah's current boy friend, writer-director-producer James Orr, was arrested for battery after attacking her for supposedly refusing his marriage proposal. [28 January 1998]
  • Actress Kristen Amber Citron accused her of stealing $72,000 worth of clothing and nude pictures from the home of former boy friend James Orr. [May 1997]
  • Reported to be splitting from Ryan O'Neal after 17 years together. [February 1997]
  • Son with Ryan O'Neal: Redmond O'Neal. [1985]
  • One of the original Charlie's Angels. She broke her contract for the last year of "Charlie's Angels" (1976) which resulted in a lawsuit. She was replaced by Cheryl Ladd.
  • Cousin of Jan Fawcett
  • Listed, (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors), as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28. [1976]
  • She had a rather strange opening night in "Butterflies Are Free" at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida on July 25, 1980. An obese lady in the front row of tables began yelling insults at her and making bird calls during the performance. Later, this unidentified lady raised her dress and flashed the performers, causing co-star Dennis Christopher to take notice, although the character he was playing was a blind man. Nearby, a male patron began vomiting, and then yet another patron fainted. Incredibly, the reviews for Farrah's performance were positive.
  • Earned $750,000 for Silk Hope (1999) (TV).
  • Was offered the Goldie Hawn role in Foul Play (1978).
  • In the late 70s, Farrah Fawcett and her husband Lee Majors were producers with the Fawcett-Majors Productions.
  • Despite sometimes bizarre behavior, including an incident on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993), that has led to claims that Farrah is a drug addict, she says that she never uses drugs. She claims she gets giggly when she is nervous. She went on Letterman unprepared and her nervousness affected her behavior.
  • Measurements: 33 1/2B-22-33 (as starlet and commercial model), 35C-24-35 (after implants), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Was offered a cameo in the film version of Charlie's Angels (2000). Negotiations fell through after Fawcett insisted on being cast as the voice of the new Charlie.
  • Graduate of W.B. Ray High School, Corpus Christi, Texas. Class of 1965, who voted her "Best Looking."
  • Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2003 (by Dabney Coleman) for her legendary status on screen and off.
  • Farrah Fawcett is actively involved in charity work with the Cancer Society, in addition to her work against domestic violence. During her ongoing advocacy for this cause, she has participated in events such as the Humanitarian Awards in Media, anti-domestic violence panel discussions produced by Show Coalition, and has served as a board member of the National Advisory Council for The National Domestic Violence Hot-line, the most effective and leading non-profit organization in America benefiting the victims of domestic violence.
  • Her mother, Pauline Fawcett, passed away on 4 March, 2005.
  • Parents are James Fawcett and Pauline Fawcett.
  • Has a college degree in Microbiology.
  • Died on 25 June 2009, Santa Monica, California, USA. She has been battling cancer for three years and recently returned from Germany, where she had experimental stem-cell treatmen


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