Farrah Fawcett: A Life in Photos
Known for her roles in "Charlie's Angels," "The Burning Bed," and much more, Farrah Fawcett died June 25, 2009, after a courageous and very public three-year battle with cancer.
Fawcett came a long way from her Corpus Christi, Texas roots. She started out acting in commercials (she was best-known as the Wella Balsam girl). From there, her popularity soared after she was named to the cast of "Charlie's Angels" and the poster of her in a red bathing suit hit newsstands. The poster sold a record number of copies—over 12 million.
David Letterman Appearance
Farrah Fawcett became the butt of late-night jokes when she appeared June 5, 1997, on "The Late Show with David Letterman" mumbling and incoherent, causing some to speculate she was abusing drugs. She later claimed she was joking around with Letterman.
Farrah Strips Down for Playboy
Farrah Fawcett refused to pose nude throughout the 1970s and 1980s, so she caused a major stir when she appeared in the buff in the December 1995 issue of Playboy. The issue went on to become a bestseller of the 1990s, with more than four million copies sold worldwide.
When she was 50, Fawcett posed for the July 1997 Playboy. It also became a bestseller.
Before there was "The Rachel," there was "The Farrah." Fawcett's winged hair became a phenomenon that inspired copycats throughout the 1970s and '80s. Fawcett was famous for her role as Jill Munroe in the TV series "Charlie's Angels." But her tenure with the show lasted only a year.
Fawcett's Personal Life
Farrah Fawcett was married to actor Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982. After 1982, Fawcett was romantically involved with actor Ryan O'Neal, and they had a son, Redmond O'Neal. Redmond has struggled for years with drug problems, which has led to several arrests.
Photos of Farrah Fawcett Over the Years
Despite conflicting reports in April 2009 that Fawcett was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, her producer, Craig Nevius, assured the press that Fawcett was "not at death's door."
"She's on the mend and will be going home very shortly," said Nevius. "She's doing fantastic. Her fight goes on. ... She's not going anywhere anytime soon."
"She remains in good spirits with her usual sense of humor. She's been in great shape her whole life and has an incredible resolve and an incredible resilience," said her doctor, Lawrence Piro, on April 6, 2009.
Fawcett died on June 25, 2009, at age 62 with her longtime love Ryan O'Neal by her side.