Thirty years ago an actress stole the hearts of fans across
the United States. Her stardom wasn't limited by borders
though, for she is well known in many countries. This actress
was Farrah Fawcett.
Born on February 2, 1947 to James and Pauline Fawcett in
Corpus Christi, Texas, Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett wouldn't
realize her stardom potential until much later. This oil
man's daughter, did not look for stardom, it found her.
While studying Art at the University of Texas, she was voted
the most beautiful sophomore. The glossy of her then somehow
found its way into the hands of Publicist David Mirisch.
He wrote to Farrah and at his urging, she left University
to move to Los Angeles and begin a career as an actress.
Since then there has been no turning back.
Farrah's most famous role was in the first season of the
TV show Charlie's Angels. For some reason her looks,
athleticism, sex appeal and girl next door charm won their
way into the hearts of Fans and have made her one of the
most well known actresses around. Initially, her Hollywood
career with commercials and appearances in such TV show's
as The Dating Game (1969), The Partridge Family
(1970), and many others. It wasn't until Charlie's Angels
(1976-1977) that her career took off. She then left the
series to pursue a career in movies. Unfortunately, this
decision lead her to a year of bad times, as the producers
of the series sued her and made sure she didn't work for
a year. This didn't hold her back though.
The hardest thing for Farrah turned out to be getting around
the image of blondes. For a time no one realized that she
was more than good looks, sex appeal and charm. It wasn't
until she played the lead in the Broadway play "Extremities"
that she showed the world she could act. From this lead
to a series of movies where she became known as the advocate
for abused women. Such movies as "The Burning Bed
(1984)", "Nazi Hunter: "The Beate
Klarsfeld Story (1986), and "Extremities
(1986)". As it turns out, Farrah would eventually fight
back from an abusive relationship herself and further endear
herself to women's causes.
Farrah has been married once to actor Lee Majors. After
their divorce, she had a long-term relationship with Ryan
O'Neal that lasted 17 years. While with O'Neal she gave
birth to her son Redmond. Not long after the birth of their
son, the relationship started failing and since then Farrah
had only one other relationship. She dated director James
Orr whom is reported to have abused her.
Farrah has been immortalized in film, movies, TV and through
promotional materials. She not only has her own line of
shampoo, for years women wanted to have hair just like hers.
Farrah even at 53 continues to enjoy a successful career
with a number of upcoming movies.