Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

Her role in TV series Charlie's Angels

Background:

Hollywood leading leady, mostly on TV, Farrah Fawcett is best known for her role
Jill Munroe, one of three beauteous detectives (opposite Kate Jackson and Jaclyn
Smith) in the Aaron Spelling's hit series "Charlie's Angels" (1976-1977), where
she took home a 1977 People's Choice Award, and earned a nomination at Golden
Globe. In addition to the critical acclaimed performance, Fawcett owned thick,
ruffled, dirty-blonde hair that inspired a styling craze and her wide sunshiny
smile, statuesque appearance and fluffy liveliness made her a poster phenomenon
and major media focus of the late 1970s. Her notable television work include
Murder in Texas (1981), The Burning Bed (1984, an Emmy and a Golden Globe
nominations), Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfield Story (1987, a Golden Globe
nomination), Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987, a Golden
Globe nomination) and Small Sacrifices (1989, an Emmy and a Golden Globe
nominations) and The Guardian (2002-2003, an Emmy nomination). Her fans could
also watch the actress in the more recent projects like TNT's Baby (2000), CBS's
Jewel (2001) and Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (2003) and the talk show
"Chasing Farrah" (2005).

Fawcett also made a name for herself on film with the supporting role of Robert
Duvall's wandering spouse in the applauded religious drama The Apostle (1997),
for which she received an Independent Spirit nomination. In 1986, she was
garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her fine acting as vindictive rape victim
in the 1986 wide screen adaptation of Extremities. She added Man of the House
(1995), The Lovemaster (1997), Dr T and the Women (2000, opposite Richard Gere)
and the Queen Latifah-scripted The Cookout (2004).

Off screen, a model-turn-actress Fawcett is an active supporter for many
charities, including work with the American Cancer Society, and working to fight
domestic violence. As for her private life, former Playboy playmate Fawcett was
married to a five-year lover, actor Lee Majors in 1973, but they finally
divorced in 1982 following a three-year of separation. The Texas-born beauty
began another long-term relationship, this time with her new boyfriend, actor
Ryan O'Neal, whom she dated from 1979 -1997. The couple has a son named Redmond
James O'Neal (born in 1985). She also was romantically linked to college
sweetheart Greg Lott (the owner of flooring company), filmmaker James Orr
(separated in 1998), Martin Barba (tennis pro, dated briefly in 1998), Marc Berg
(dated in 2000), Kristen Amber Citron and Rick Thurman (together in 2001).


Best Looking Girl

Childhood and Family:

On February 2, 1947, Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett, who would later be famous as
Farrah Faucett, was born in the coastal city of Corpus Christi, Texas. She is
the second daughter of James Fawcett, an oil-filed contractor, and Pauline
Fawcett (née Evans). A beautiful young girl, Farrah was named the "Most
Beautiful Student" by her classmates while in W.B. Ray High School, Corpus
Christi, Texas. After graduation, in the fall of 1965, she attended The
University of Texas at Austin as a microbiology major, but she later changed her
major to art. Three years later, in 1968, Farrah left her hometown to move to
California to pursue a career as a model. She later added acting to her
endeavors.

In July 1973, Farrah decided to tie the knot with actor Lee Majors following
their five years of relationship. Unhappy with the marriage, the couple became
estranged in 1979 and finally got divorce in 1982. Three years later, Farrah
gave birth to a son named Redmond James O'Neal, from her relationship with
long-term lover, actor Ryan O'Neal.


The Apostle

Career:

A microbiology major-turned art, Farrah Fawcett began a career in modeling as an
undergraduate when a celebrity publicist offered a trip to California to work as
a model. Initially banded by her parents, Fawcett tried to convince them and, in
the summer of 1968, her parents finally agreed and even accompanied Fawcett to
Hollywood. Within two weeks, Fawcett landed a modeling contract and many more
followed soon after that. She appeared in a number of TV commercials and print
ads, most notably Ultra-Brite toothpaste, Wella Balsam shampoo and Noxema men's
shaving cream.

Fawcett next turned her attention to acting. She started guest starring in
several TV shows like "The Flying Nun," "Mayberry R.F.D." and "I Dream of
Jeannie" (all in 1969). Her film debut also came in1969, when she was cast in
the small role of Patricia in Love is a Funny Thing. Fawcett had opportunity to
appear in her second movie in the following year when she landed a part in Myra
Breckinridge (1970). She segued on the small screen with a number of TV movies
like The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971), Inside O.U.T. (1971), The Great American
Beauty Contest (1973), The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (1974) and Murder on
Flight 502 (1975) before getting another small role in the sci-fi movie Logan's
Run (1976). Fawcett made a debut as a regular in the TV series "Harry O
(1974-1976), during which time she also guest starred in several episodes of
"The Six Million Dollar Man," which starred her husband Majors. As her career
took flight, Fawcett released a well-known poster of her wearing a red swimsuit
and an unbridled mane of blonde hair.

The best-selling poster put the model on the radar of renowned producers Aaron
Spelling and Leonard Goldberg that quickly landed Fawcett a regular in a
television show about three crime solving women, "Charlie's Angels" (1976). As
Jill Munroe, a former policewoman and one of three beauteous detectives whose
boss was the off-screen voice of John Forsythe, Fawcett stood out in contrast to
her brunette co-stars, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Charlie's Angels became a
huge hit and made her a star. She was handed a 1977 People's Choice for Favorite
Female Performer in a New TV Program, in addition to a Golden Globe nomination.
Moreover, she started a fashion trend and every girl wanted to have blond hair
and a "Farrah Fawcett" haircut. Despite her great popularity, she was unhappy
and did not return for the second season of Charlie's Angels. Unfortunately for
Fawcett, her departure resulted in a lawsuit with the producers of the series.
She finally came to an agreement to make periodic guest appearances on the show
over the next few years.

Leaving Charlie's Angels in 1977, Fawcett, with her newfound fame, wanted to
more concentrate on her film career and was seen as a leading lady in three
movies over the next three years. She first starred as Jenny Moore in Somebody
Killed Her Husband (1978), as Ellie in Sunburn (1979) and finally as Alex in
Saturn 3 (1980). However, all three movies was not well-received by the
audiences and critics alike.

Back to TV, the actress once again gained some positive responses with her fine
dramatic role of Joan Robinson Hill in the made for TV movie Murder in Texas
(1981). Fawcett further proved she was back on track when she was nominated for
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special at Emmy and for Best
Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV at
Golden Globe for her fine portrayal of tattered wife Francine Hughes in TV film
The Burning Bed (1984). A year before, Fawcett was critically raved after
portraying a revengeful rape victim in the acclaimed Off- Broadway play,"
Extremities" (1983), a role she reprised in a 1986 film version of the same name
and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a
Motion Picture - Drama.

Fawcett continued to take role of simple, staid and determined women in such TV
films as Between Two Women (1986), Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfield Story
(1987, earned Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a
Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV) and the biopic of photographer
Margaret Bourke-White (1989). She also received Golden Globe nominations for her
work in TV movies Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987) and
Small Sacrifices (1989, also an Emmy nomination). Since her performance in the
1981 film The Cannonball Run, Fawcett resurfaced as Jo Livingstone in See You in
the Morning (1989).

In early 1990s, Fawcett got a top bill as Gayle Roberts, opposite boyfriend Ryan
O'Neal, in short-lived CBS sitcom "Good Sports" (1991). After TV movies Criminal
Behavior (1992), the Westerns The Substitute Wife (1994) and Children of the
Dust (1995), she returned to the silver screen as the mother of Jonathan Taylor
Thomas who prepares to wed attorney Chevy Chase in the uneven comedy Man of the
House (1995). The same year, Fawcett's fame brought her a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. In late 1995, she raised eyebrows with her scorching pose on
Playboy magazine. The December 1995 issue which featured Fawcett's topless image
became the highest selling issue of the 1990's. She re-appeared on the magazine
once more in 1997.

After a lead in the made-for-cable movie Dalva (1996), Fawcett enjoyed a success
on film as Robert Duvall's straying spouse the acclaimed religious drama The
Apostle (1997). Her impressive performance not only garnered Fawcett a critical
victory but also an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Female.
She followed that up with The Lovemaster (1997) and Silk Hope (1999, TV).

Entering the new millennium, she landed the supporting role of Richard Gere's
troubled wife Kate in Dr T and the Women (2000) and starred with Sam Shepard as
a middle-aged married couple in TNT film Baby (2000). Fawcett remained busy in
the following years, taking the starring role of Jewel Hilburn, the mother of a
Downs Syndrome child in CBS's Jewel (2001), having recurring roles of Judge
Simmons in the popular series "Sex and The City (2001) and of Mary Gressler in
TV series The Guardian (2002-2003, earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding
Guest Actress in a Drama Series), and playing Lissa Roman in TV film Hollywood
Wives: The New Generation (2003). In 2004, Fawcett had a feature role in the
comedy The Cookout scripted by Queen Latifah. The film starred Ja Rule, Tim
Meadows, Jenifer Lewis, Quran Pender and Jonathan Silverman. The following year
saw the actress play herself in "Chasing Farrah" (2005), a reality show that
follows Fawcett through the most mundane aspects of her everyday life.


Awards:

People's Choice: Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program, 1977
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