Born on this day in Corpus Christi, Texas, Farrah Leni Fawcett was an actress, model and artist.
With numerous award nominations, inclusive of four Emmys and six Golden Globes, Fawcett’s rise on the international stage was unprecedented when she donned her iconic red swimsuit. Because of her popularity, the image became the best-selling pin-up poster ever printed.
In a career spanning almost four decades, Fawcett’s credited acting resume began with an episode of the 1960s Bob Ross created situation comedy “Mayberry R.F.D..” In the Hal Cooper directed “Millie, the Model,” the “Mayberry R.F.D.” episode the young Fawcett appeared in, she played the unnamed Show Girl #1. If anything, this illustrates the fact greatness can come from small beginnings.
By the point Fawcett had made an appearance in the 1975 George McCowan directed episode of “S.W.A.T.” “The Steel-Plated Security Blanket,” the actress had already begun working on “The Six Million Dollar Man.”
“The Six Million Dollar Man,” is the series where Fawcett worked with husband Lee Majors. If you recall, the line in the series theme song “I’ve been seen with Farrah” is a direct reference to the actress.
Further to her television work, Fawcett also worked on several big screen productions.
Even though the 1981 Hal Needham directed action adventure sports comedy “The Cannonball Run” plays prominently in the minds of people that recall fond memories of the actress’ work, the film other fans point to is more often the Michael Anderson directed science fiction adventure “Logan’s Run.”
Set in an idyllic future, nothing like the dismal reality we currently find ourselves enduring, life in “Logan’s Run” is depicted as being blissful. It’s blissful for anyone not approaching their 30th birthday. Once you have reached the ripe old age of 30, your time is up.
Even though the actress had appeared in “The Six Million Dollar Man” with her husband, Fawcett ‘s real breakthrough role came in 1976 when she played Munroe in “Charlie’s Angels.” Despite only starring in “Charlie’s Angels” as a series regular for the first season, Fawcett made guest appearances during the second, third and fourth seasons.
With a lot of American actors, there first experience of acting comes from either small television and or film roles. It is only after becoming established as an actor in front of the camera do Americans consider treading the boards for live theatrical productions.
If you were a regular New York theatre-goer during the early 1980s, you might recall the off-Broadway staged production of the William Mastrosimone written play “Extremities.” Opening on 22 Dec. 1982, the Robert Allan Ackerman directed play ran for 325 performances.
Even though Susan Sarandon was the original actress to play the lead of Marjorie in the 1982 off-Broadway production, Fawcett stepped into her shoes when Sarandon left the cast. Relative to her acting career, there is little doubt playing the lead in this Mastrosimone written play contributed greatly to the actress being recognised as a serious entertainment professional.
The recognition Fawcett received for playing Marjorie was at least partially responsible for the actress being cast in the 1986 Robert M. Young directed film version of the play, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.
Fawcett’s last credited appearance as an actress came in 2006 with the televisation of the “So Notorious” episode “Plucky (Pilot).” Appearing as herself, Fawcett was joined by Tori Spelling, Loni Anderson, Zachary Quinto and Jeannetta Arnette.
In the same year, the actress was diagnosed with anal cancer. Fawcett died on Thursday, 25 June 2009 in Santa Monica, California at the at Saint John’s Health Center. She was 62.
For her work as a producer on “Farrah’s Story,” the documentary that chronicled her battle with the disease, the actress posthumously earned her fourth and final Emmy nomination.
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