TV and Film Icon Farrah Fawcett Dies at 62 Today
by Christopher Campbell
June 25, 2009
TV and film icon and 1970's sex symbol Farrah Fawcett died at the age of 62 this morning in a Santa Monica hospital after a brave and public battle with anal cancer as reported by the Associated Press. Fawcett was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006, but she temporarily beat the cancer through chemotherapy and surgery before being re-diagnosed in 2007, at which time she began documenting her life and condition. When things got much worse two months ago, and the media and rumors got out of hand, the footage she had shot over the past three years was aired on NBC as part of the feature documentary Farrah's Story.
Fawcett is best known for her starring role on TV's Charlie's Angels, the popularity of which shot her to fame in the late '70s. An iconic poster of the actress was hung up in boys' bedrooms throughout the world (including that of Mark Wahlberg's character in Boogie Nights). Around the same time of her run on that series, she appeared in the campy sci-fi pictures Logan's Run and Saturn 3, and she followed her exit from Charlie's Angels with a role in Hal Needham's The Cannonball Run. But she would eventually go on to great dramatic performances in films like Extremities, The Apostle and Robert Altman's Dr. T and the Women.
I was quite familiar with her range growing up, because I watched both Cannonball Run and Extremities often (the former was staple viewing at Dad's, the latter had similar status at Mom's), though it would take many years before I realized it was the same actress in both films. Interestingly enough, these very different roles could both be classifiable as victims, a part Fawcett would eventually try to distance herself from. In the end, due to how strong she has shown herself in her battle with disease, her legacy will show that she was anything but a victim in her own life. ""Farrah had courage, she had strength, and she had faith."