Farrah had been an American actress, a five-time nominee for the Emmy Award, and a six-time nominee for the Golden Globe Award. From the very first season of Charlie’s Angels television series, Fawcett gained worldwide recognition, portraying Jill Munroe. Even so, she did come back in the subsequent seasons as a guest. Well here’s a collection of real and honest pictures of Farrah Fawcett’s younger years. The show also has done a lot to help Fawcett to receive her first nomination from the Golden Globe. As for the rest of her great achievements, in the classic films: The Burning Bed in (1984) and Small Sacrifices (1986), she received two Emmy Award nominations and Golden Globe nominations for her performances. Over the same decade Fawcett was nominated for Nazi Hunter with three additional nominations in the Golden Globe for the: The Beate Klarsfeld Story in 1986, Poor Little Rich Girl in 1987, and The Barbara Hutton Story in 1986. Further on, for her role in the 2003-series The Guardian and in 2009 as herself in Farrah ‘s Story, Fawcett won two more Emmy nominations.
Born In Corpus Christi
She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 2, 1947. The youngest of the two siblings were Farrah-originally spelled as “Ferrah.” Her mother was a stay at home mom, and her father was a contractor in the oil field. Her older sister was then a graphic artist. Fawcett was of Native American, Irish, French, English, and Choctaw. What a perfect mix! Fawcett once said that her name “Farrah” that was given by her mother had just been “made up” since it went well with their last name. Then, how does a girl get to the peak of prominence in Hollywood from there? You’ll get to find out soon enough.
Farrah Means Joy
The first name of Fawcett was improvised. Her mother only decided to name her Farrah because it just seemed lovely before the name “Fawcett.” Simply put, the name is actually made up. “Farrah” is said to have two origins (plus multiple spellings). The Middle East variant of the name is derived from the Arabic roots, which most likely refers to happiness, joy, and gleefulness. The English version comes from the Middlesex word “Farrer,” which basically means an ironworker. The name of Fawcett, we believe, falls right into the first category more.
The Most Beautiful
At the church her family attended, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Fawcett received education all through her early life. The school was called the “John J. Pershing Middle Academy.” It was then decided to turn into a fine arts magnet program. She graduated from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi where her classmates in her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior high school years voted her as the “most beautiful.” That’s so much more than you could say for most of us.
Fawcett has been a Longhorn! In the fall of 1965, she attended the University of Texas and decided to study microbiology and art. Fawcett has since become a member of Delta Delta Delta-or Tri-Delta-sorority whilst still enrolled. But then how did she make it to Hollywood from Corpus Christi, Texas? She ended up causing quite an outrage on a college campus that even her friends sent pictures to various Hollywood agencies. For two years, a famous publicist, David Mirsch tried to approach her with an employment contract to model, however, Fawcett did not agree at first because it was against the wishes of her parents. And at last, following her to Hollywood, she and her parents agreed in 1968 to try it out. And the rest of that is history!
Finally, within two weeks of arrival in Hollywood, Fawcett already had a modeling contract. And after that, she immediately ended her plans to return to school. At the age of 21, Fawcett signed a $350 once a week, an acting contract with “Screen Gems.” Her early works included advertisements for products and companies such as Noxzema, Max Factor, Mercury Cougar automobiles, Beautyrest mattresses, and many more. On platforms such as YouTube, you can find some of the earlier commercial work of Fawcett.
The Flying Nun (1969) and I Dream of Jeannie (1969–70) were the earliest acting performances by Fawcett. She has also worked on many other TV shows, among them are Getting Together, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Mayberry, The Partridge Family not to mention The Six Million Dollar Man, The Dating Game along with S.W.A.T. Fawcett even portrayed a supporting character in Harry O. She portrayed the role together with the main actor David Janssen. Furthermore, in Love Is a Funny Thing, (1969) a romantic-drama from France, and My Breckinridge (1970) a comedy, Fawcett portrayed an important character.
She went on a game show when she was still a rookie on TV. Farrah Fawcett was a bachelorette in the widely recognized television show The Dating Game in 1969. After making her decision, her suitors plunged into a physical battle. It was apparently an April Fool’s joke. You could see Fawcett giggling in the video while the men are pretending to punch each other. They were all stuntmen from Hollywood with the host at the end trying to reassure the viewing audience. It is indeed a very silly prank.
Fawcett And Major
Fawcett went on to date Lee Majors at around that moment. Lee Majors is an actor probably most famous for portraying Steve Austin on The Six Million Dollar Man and Colt Seavers on The Fall Guy. As of 2020, Majors still seems to be successful, seeing as his career has not slowed down yet. He has made an appearance on various television shows, movies, and even video games. Fawcett and Majors have been seeing each other for five years. On the 28th of July 1973, they decided to get married.
With a media form, the poster, that was not seen very often these days, was the reason why Fawcett has continued to rise up to the level of a superstar. This is the story of the world’s most famous poster. The entire concept of a poster was pitched to Fawcett ‘s agent by a company called “Pro Arts, Inc” in 1976. Bruce McBroom had already been hired and a photoshoot had also been arranged by the company. Fawcett styled her own hair and put on her make-up without the use of a mirror, as said by her friend Nels Van Patten. A squeeze of lemon juice had further heightened her blonde highlights.
Fawcett carefully chose her six favorite pictures from 40 film rolls, and soon afterward the list was limited to the one that truly made her famous. You know the one … with the red bathing suit. Farrah Fawcett’s poster with her monstrous smile and red swimsuit remains one of the best-selling posters in the history of the world to this very day. This poster greatly contributed to her several major roles in television and movies, and even more to Charlie’s Angels as “Jill Munroe.” As for her role as Jill Munroe, Farrah Fawcett became a household name. Back then TV shows have a much higher rank in society than they are now.
Love For Tennis
Mostly as for the combination of (1) her husband and (2) her love for tennis, Fawcett managed to snag her widely known TV role. With television producer Aaron Spelling, she and her then-husband Lee Majors was a regular tennis partner. As the time had come to cast for the portrayal of Jill Munroe in his Charlie’s Angels TV movie, Spelling took note of his lovely tennis partner and cast Fawcett. It’s not what you know, as the saying goes, but who you know. Truth be told, no one from the future theatrical films of the 2000s and 2019, would otherwise fit that part and therefore no one really had an idea who could make a huge impact like her.
On the 22nd of September 1976, Charlie’s Angels series made its official debut. Every one of the three actresses was driven to fame and success since they became the leader of the movie, Fawcett as Jill Munroe, Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan, and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett. However, Fawcett conquered the popularity polls and was quickly deemed as a phenomenal star. A People’s Choice Award for Favorite Performer was then given to her in a recent TV program. Reviewers initially didn’t like the new spy show from producer Aaron Spelling believing it offered only voluptuous watered-down entertainment for the family. Nobody seemed concerned about what the critics thought since the entire nation in the United States absolutely loves it.
A Long-Lasting Friendship
Were you also aware that, even before being cast in the Charlie’s Angels, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett knew each other already? They collaborated on a commercial for Max Factor. And they got along pretty well. She knew Smith from another series, as far as Kate Jackson is concerned. Jackson said that when she went to Hollywood she also saw Fawcett at a party. She said that if everyone in Tinseltown looked like Fawcett, she might well have moved back to Alabama. Charlie’s Angels managed to bring these actresses together, and over the decades they developed a long-lasting friendship.
Fawcett discovered in 1977 why the majority of the people felt they had come to love Charlie’s Angels: “When the show was number three, I thought it was our acting. When we got to be number one, I decided it could only be because none of us wears a bra.” Fawcett, at the very least after its 1976 debut, was unarguably the most popular character in Charlie’s Angels. As mentioned earlier, after it made the leap from TV movie to Television series, the audience were asked in a survey type of question who among the angels was their personal favorite. The incredibly gifted Fawcett triumphed over the results of the vote.
Charlie’s Angels, as for the show itself, is about a wealthy and mysterious man who runs a private detective agency. He’s set up a speakerphone to talk to his assistant, John Bosley. Usually, Bosley gives the three female detectives, his agents, a task for each episode. The plot follows the women as they investigate and get in and out of challenging circumstances, with Bosley tagging along every now and then. Around its time, it had been a unique crime-fighting show, especially given that not many women on television were action stars. But it seems that ABC firmly opposed the idea and could not accept the pilot’s high ratings. They did double-check them to make sure the numbers were completely accurate.
For their November 22, 1976 issue “Time” magazine talked about wanting a cover of the original Charlie’s Angels. The idea fired up Fawcett and fellow actor Jaclyn Smith. On the other hand, it annoyed Kate Jackson that the producers wanted them to give up their lunch break to do just that. Jackson has been a big advocate to keep the studio from interfering in their leisure time. The trio shortly after locked themselves in Jackson’s trailer for 45 minutes and the producers banging on the door, begging them to do the photoshoot. So, the Angels came out and took the photo during the last 15 minutes of their lunch break at work. They claim that it has been one of the best experiences they have worked on the show together.
The appearance of Fawcett on TV affected the sales of her photo and gained so much more from her poster sales revenues than from her annual income for acting in Charlie’s Angels. On the 2nd of February 2011, Ryan O’Neal presented the poster where she wore a bathing suit and was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH). Even though you can’t see it here, her iconic hair has become a theme in worldwide fashion. Women all around the world began to ask for a “Farrah-flip” to their hairstylists. Also, a limited-edition Barbie doll imitated both her suit and hair.
Best-Selling Poster Worldwide
Do you remember the company that had the infamous poster planned and executed? Pro Arts were initially in the business of anti-war posters and were originally formed by the Canton brothers. After that, they made a decision to go to Hollywood … and to Farrah Fawcett. Initially, around 12 million copies of Farrah Fawcett’s Swimsuit poster for Pro Arts were sold. CFDA Award-winning fashion designer Norma Kamali designed the suit. It is still the world’s best-selling poster of all time up until this very day.
A Box Office Disaster
Despite the remarkable success, Fawcett left Charlie’s Angels after just one season to pursue other, broader acting opportunities. Her leaving was a contract violation and Spelling decided to file a $7 million lawsuit against her. And Fawcett settled out of court. The new arrangement prompted Fawcett to occasionally take part for $100,000 per episode in later seasons. Following the remaining days of Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett was having troubling times to stand on her own feet for the first time. She was a box office disaster for her first three movie outros — Logan’s Run (1976), Sunburn (1979), and Saturn 3 (1980). And although Fawcett could do dramatic work, she slipped into The Cannonball Run (1981)’s ditzy blonde stereotype anyway.
In relation to the topic, Fawcett talked about wanting to be an All-American homemaker. Fawcett put her family first. The actress had specifically stated in her original Charlie’s Angels contract that she would never work later than 7 p.m. For an especially heartwarming reason that causes this plan was: she wished to be back home in time to make dinner for her husband Lee Majors. “I love Lee and I love cooking,” she even told the interviewees. Could you imagine Farrah Fawcett having your meal prepared? Sheesh, we could only hope.
Midnight Plane To Houston
Did you know the hit song “Midnight Train to Georgia” was inspired by Farrah Fawcett, which is a song by Gladys Knight & the Pips? Jim Weatherly, the songwriter, was a friend of Lee Majors, her then-husband. One night, when Fawcett answered the phone, he was the one calling the Majors’ family home. She started telling Weatherly that through the “midnight plane to Houston” she would visit her mom. So then the lyrics were changed only by the setting. ‘Train’ and ‘Georgia’ are a lot better, wouldn’t you agree?
At one point, even on film posters, Fawcett was going by Farrah Fawcett-Majors. One proof is a poster for the 1973 to 1982 sci-fi film Logan’s Run (1976) after Fawcett married Lee Majors. The marriage ended without any children, but even after their breakup in 1979 and right up until the divorce, she used the stage name “Farrah Fawcett-Majors.” Fawcett apparently started to date actor Ryan O’Neal after ending her nine-year marriage with Majors. With O’Neal, she had only her son, Redmond. Brought into the world in 1985.
Badmouthing Her Friends
Just after her withdrawal from the tv series, the media wanted Fawcett to slander her friends from Charlie’s Angels too since this is what the media do. They are always outcasts who want to create a conflict in society. Though they never got the satisfaction from Fawcett. Fawcett kept refusing when reporters urged her into badmouthing Jackson and Smith. The trio remained good friends and even gave an award at the Emmys Award show in 2006. The broadcast reunion was a great moment on TV.
The New Charlie’s Angels
On April 23, 2020, Charlie’s Angel actress Cheryl Ladd released an interview with Fox News Channel. She said that it was particularly challenging when asked how it was to fill in Farrah Fawcett’s role. Ladd did not want to take part some time ago, as no one ever could alter what Fawcett has done. Producer Spelling continued to find a way to convince her. He eventually had a way of knowing for sure that Ladd would play the younger sister of Jill Munroe, Kris. It could make it much easier to understand why some other girls are ready to work for Kris because they already have a strong bond. The strategy worked for another four more seasons of ‘Charlie’s Angels.’
Highly Professional Actress
The last time Ladd saw Fawcett in person was when she told Fox News Channel, Fawcett was filming some Charlie’s Angels episodes. Fawcett was clearly said to be a “highly professional, terrific actress.” Ladd recalled when she was working with Fawcett that Fawcett wanted their performance all together to “work no matter what.” Fawcett went on like a professional when she had done acting. Ladd also said it was very fulfilling to act with Fawcett and to play the sister of her character.
The Foul Play
The Foul Play (1978) screenplay was written in memory of Goldie Hawn for the leading role. The script that was put up at Paramount was reviewed, updated, and published by Colin Higgins, a widely known Australian director, and writer. Farrah Fawcett ended up taking the lead in the theatre. Higgins really wanted this film to be directed so seriously that he didn’t care who had been the main female character. In order to better understand the role, Higgins asked to meet Fawcett. Around the same time, Fawcett was at the legal dispute against all the producers of Charlie’s Angels. Inevitably, the production company and Higgins went along with Hawn, who collaborated with Chevy Chase.
The Most Intense Role
Fawcett finally found positive reviews from critics on the stage after several completely bogus film starts. In the Broadway stage production “Extremities,” a play, she replaced Susan Sarandon in 1983, where three female roommates managed to turn the tables to their wannabe attacker. It was a turning point to the glossier roles of Fawcett. The actress would characterize it as “the most grueling, the most intense and the most physically demanding and emotionally exhausting” aspect of her professional life. She continued to play the same character in a play film adaptation in 1986 and received a nomination for the Golden Globe.
She Was Insulted
Well here’s an interesting bit of info. In 1980 Fawcett made an appearance in the play “Butterflies Are Free.” A portly woman in the first row of tables verbally assaulted Fawcett at Burt Reynolds Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, on July 25. She hurled insults at the actress and even made bird calls. During the play, she would sometimes lift her dress, leading her co-star Dennis Christopher to take a second look, which is really out of character considering his persona is blind. Numerous different incidents that occurred that night included a fainting playgoer, as well as another one throwing up. Farrah has received really positive feedback for her performance despite all these occurrences.
A Truly Inspiring Film
Fawcett produced and played the lead in The Burning Bed in 1984, a made-for-TV film about a scorching depiction of domestic abuse. Due to this particular dramatic role, as well as for her first Emmy nomination, Fawcett has earned national and critical recognition for her convincing performance as a woman driven to kill her husband after years of suffering under his physical abuse. Truly inspiring story here … Fawcett earned her first nomination for the Emmy Award in 1984 for her character as a battered wife in The Burning Bed TV movie. The role has done more than establish the serious skills and talent of Fawcett: The Burning Bed is also the first television series to provide the number for a crisis hotline — in this case, one where victims of domestic violence could find help.
An Academy Award Nomination
Fawcett decided to take on many TV films during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She went on to star in Nazi Hunter: The Beate Karsfeld Story (1986), Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987), then after that with Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourge-White (1989) to close the decade. A question that comes to mind is, why did Fawcett choose the long titled works? In the 1990s, she continued to act in Criminal Behavior (1992), The Substitute Wife (1994), and The Apostle (1997) with her fellow actor, Robert Duvall. With Roger Ebert rating it four out of four stars the Apostle received mostly positive reviews. Duvall was subsequently awarded an Academy Award for being nominated for Best Actor.
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
On the 23rd of February 1995, at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Farrah Fawcett with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photographs show the presence of several other members of the Fawcett household, as well as her parents. The stars are a permanent tribute to the achievements of the entertainment industry, such as actors, directors, musicians, and sometimes even fictional characters. The minimum qualification for receiving a star is five years of professional experience in the category submitted and documented “charitable contributions.” Almost everyone, as well as for fans, can send in a nomination. If a nominee is chosen as of 2020 a general $50,000 is deemed necessary.
First On Her List
In the December 1995 issue at age 48, Farrah Fawcett posed for the first time for a certain magazine with a bunny logo. And during this time it became the most popular issue in the history of the magazine, shipping 4 million copies all around the world. Fawcett posed again for another top-selling issue in 1997 at the age of 50, followed by a video of Fawcett using her body as a canvas for painting — something she had wanted to experience for years.
Fawcett went on the Late Show with David Letterman to help promote the magazine and the video mentioned from the previous slide. She ended up giving a controversial interview in which she looked anxious and distracted. Her sentences were rambled incoherently and inconsistent every now and then. Letterman teased her with a deadpan expression, with the audience laughing. The jokes appeared oblivious to her. Fawcett looked at the fake New York backdrop at one point in the interview, and said, “wow,” probably believing it was real. It may not be her proudest moment, and though she has insinuated it was a performance soon afterward she said that she came unprepared. Fawcett reveals that she gets giggly when she’s nervous and that’s what significantly impacted her past actions denying substance abuse allegations.
Charlie’s Angels Comeback
Executive producer Leonard Goldberg talked about wanting the Charlie’s Angels TV series to be adapted to today’s era. The successful feature film adaptation of The Fugitive (1993) made him look at what would look good with some of the other older Television shows being treated as blockbuster movies. After 20 years off the air, Goldberg felt that “Charlie’s Angels” was ready to be harvested. He specifically stated how it was a sensation of the 70s, and perhaps even the first series to have a message of empowerment in popular culture for women. The story would pick up to the idea that the Townsend Detective Agency managed to survive by recruiting different angels each time a group departed, for the theatrical film of Charlie’s Angels in 2000. Farrow Fawcett was doing a guest appearance in the new movie in early discussions, but talks fell through. Fawcett was expected to be cast out as Charlie’s new voice.
In her own reality TV series, Chasing Farrah, she played the lead at the beginning of the year 2005. The series only lasted for one season, but over the course of seven episodes, it followed the actress through everyday moments in her life. It was broadcasted on TV Land and aired for 30 minutes. Critics did not support the show at all and many complained that nothing really occurred. A New York Post analysis compared the series to a security camera with people who walk up and down the halls for a half an hour. Some of the episode titles are at least fun such as “Lights, Camera, Farrah?” and “Fun with Farrah.”
Fawcett has been active through donations and activities with charities. She was active in ending domestic violence and helping the US Cancer Society. Fawcett has also engaged in Show Coalition’s anti-domestic violence panel discussions, volunteered at the Media Humanitarian Awards, and served as a board member on the National Domestic Violence Hotline of the National Advisory Council. These key features are just to add to the list of the events that have occurred in her life. We truly admire Fawcett for her dedication to these causes and her hard work.
Diagnosed With Intestinal Cancer
Fawcett’s mother Polly, agent Jay Bernstein, and former mentor Aaron Spelling all passed away between 2005 and 2006. Doctors diagnosed Fawcett with a type of intestinal cancer within the same period, and her partner O’Neal had leukemia. On the 2nd day of February 2007, her birthday, Fawcett was announced cancer-free. Shortly afterward, she had a polyp that turned into a life-threatening disease during May of 2007. Fawcett sadly passed away on June 25, 2009, at age 62, after yet another great deal of standard treatment in the US and alternative treatments abroad. She launched the Farrah Fawcett Foundation during her last couple of years to support other cancer patients and to sponsor research into cutting – edge medicines and treatments.
Fawcett’s Final Moments
After her death, NBC commissioned a two-hour documentary, Farrah’s Story(2009). Which followed Fawcett’s final moments as she struggled to overcome her cancer. She also received her last and posthumous Emmy Award nomination for the film. Her family had heavily criticized the documentary as it did not even mention the different approaches of treatment for cancer that Fawcett had researched in her life. It was Farrah ‘s wish to bring new possible treatments to awareness. The documentary has made NBC top the ratings in more than a year for a non-Olympic Friday.
Farrah had been a one-of-a-kind woman and a big screen national treasure! Charlie’s Angels and all of her movies have certainly entertained us. Honestly, we could say that we are Logan’s Run enthusiasts. Her presence and style can be recognized immediately. We definitely would like the “Farrah-flip” to make a comeback. Fawcett even stunned the crowd with her stage and camera acting range. We wish she had continued to make quality entertainment. Thank you for all the hard work and contribution. May you rest in peace!