Guest Author - Vance R. Rowe
It was this day in history, June 25, 2009, that we lost two iconic superstars from music and television. Farrah Fawcett and pop superstar Michael Jackson were both taken from us on this day. Farrah Fawcett’s death, although newsworthy, was indeed overshadowed by Michael Jackson’s death.
Farrah Fawcett got her start in television by appearing in commercials for skin care products and automobiles and then received recurring roles on the television shows, Harry-O with David Janssen and then the Six Million Dollar Man with then husband, Lee Majors. Fawcett’s big television break came in 1976 when she got the role of an angel. A Charlie’s Angel, that is. For only one season, she played the role of private eye, Jill Munroe alongside actresses Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.
She did make guest appearances on the show during the third and fourth seasons of Charlie’s Angels, but for all intents and purposes, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, as she was known until her divorce from her husband, Lee Majors, she was done with the show.
She went on to do off Broadway plays and then onto movies. One movie in particular brought her an Emmy award and that was 1984’s Burning Bed, in which she played a battered wife who got revenge on her abusive husband.
In 2001, Fawcett made headlines again when she re-married ex-husband Ryan O’Neal with whom she had a child with and they stayed married until her death, from cancer, in 2009. When she died, Ryan O’Neal was leaving the hospital and a reporter asked him how she was and his reply was, “She’s gone,” and he drove away.
Farrah Fawcett received four Emmy nominations in her career and walked away with two awards. She was an iconic figure from her trademark hairstyle to her famous, or infamous, red bathing suit poster that hung on every young man’s wall, and of course, because of her acting. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and fought it bravely for the next three years until she lost the fight. During this time she worked as a producer for a made for television movie about her battle with cancer entitled, Farrah’s Story. It aired on the NBC television network in 2009 and she was nominated for fourth Emmy for this documentary, posthumously. Fawcett died at the young age of 62.