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Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett was an American actress of TV's Charlie's Angels and The Burning Bed fame.

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Farrah Leni Fawcett*

Date, time and place of birth: February 2, 1947, at 3:10 p.m., Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 25, 2009, at 9:28 a.m., St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (Cancer)

Spouse: Lee Majors (m. July 28, 1973 - February 16, 1982) (divorced)
Wedding took place at the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Child: Redmond James O'Neal (b. January 30, 1985) (son)

Father: James William Fawcett (in the pipeline construction business and later, ran a custodial service)
Mother: Pauline Alice Evans

Burial site: Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Error corrections or clarifications

* Her name was misspelled "Ferrah" on her birth certificate, and a couple of online sources have erroneously spelled it "Farah."
Note that she was not born Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett, as some sources report. She was a convert to Catholicism at the age of two. The saints' name chosen for her baptism was Mary. But she was not born Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett.

Career - Credits

Before being catapulted to international stardom as one of TV's original Charlie's Angels, Farrah had a recurring role on David Janssen's detective series Harry-O and made guest appearances on shows such as Mayberry R.F.D., I Dream of Jeannie, The Flying Nun, The Partridge Family, The Young Rebels, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, McCloud, Marcus Welby, M.D., S.W.A.T., and The Six Million Dollar Man.

Credits in major feature films, miniseries and TV movies include, Myra Breckinridge (1970), Logan's Run (1976), The Burning Bed (1984), Extremities (1986), Margaret Bourke-White (1989), Small Sacrifices (1989), Children of the Dust (1995), Man of the House (1995), and The Apostle (1997).

Fawcett was television's first sexy blonde bombshell to become a true pop culture phenomenon. During the peak of her stardom, she could be found on the covers of dozens of magazines, books, toys, best-selling posters and the ubiquitous t-shirts featuring the sexy, iconic image of Farrah in a swimsuit. The popular t-shirts were actually banned by some schools who found the photo just a tad too revealing.

Dissatisfied with both her contract and paycheck, she left the hit show Charlie's Angels after the first season in search of movie stardom. While she could not duplicate the level of success she'd seen on the show, she did impress critics with her superb performance as a battered wife in the 1984 television movie, The Burning Bed. Fawcett won additional critical acclaim for her powerful portrayal of a rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker in both the stage and film version of Extremities.

A 1997 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman yielded some unwanted negative publicity, when it was speculated that her rambling, incoherent interview was the result of drug or alcohol abuse. She dismissed her bizarre behavior on the program with claims that she was just nervous and unprepared for the talk show appearance. Farrah also claimed she gets giggly when she is nervous, and her dazed and confused appearance was all just an act and she was just "pretending."

Note that during her marriage to actor Lee Majors, she was usually billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Following her divorce from Lee, Farrah Fawcett had a long-term relationship with actor Ryan O'Neal, which yielded a son, Redmond, in 1985.

Farrah was recently seen by millions as she reunited with her former Charlie's Angels co-stars at an Emmy tribute to the late TV producer Aaron Spelling.

In 2006, she underwent "cutting edge, state-of-the-art treatment" after being diagnosed with cancer. Former boyfriend Ryan O'Neal came to her aid and accompanied Farrah to her medical treatments. She had done the same for him back in 2001 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Just in time for her 60th birthday, she was given a clean bill of health and learned she was cancer-free. In announcing the successful completion of her four-month battle with cancer, she said, "I hope that my news might offer some level of inspiration to others who unfortunately must continue to fight the disease." Regrettably, the elation over her successful cancer battle was short-lived. Just three months after she was given the all-clear from her doctors, Farrah was informed they'd discovered a small malignant polyp in the vicinity of her previous cancer occurrence.

She went public with her cancer battle in 2009, telling her story via a video diary entitled "Farrah's Story." In it she shared intimate and sometimes graphic details of her painful struggle. The documentary was filmed shortly after she was informed the anal cancer had spread to her liver.

"Farrah is in a solid place emotionally, but physically she's a wreck," long-term partner Ryan O'Neal reported in 2009. "It's a very rocky place. We put on a brave front, always, when we're with her, so she doesn't know how scared we are . . . in the last two years, I loved her more than I've ever loved her."

Farrah Fawcett died June 25th, 2009, at 9:28 a.m., at St. John's Health Center, in Santa Monica, California.


More than two dozen sources were consulted in preparing this profile.
One of the most in-depth of these was the biography, Farrah: An Unauthorized Biography by Patricia Burstein.

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