Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett
Fawcett in 1977
Born Ferrah Leni Fawcett[1]
(1947-02-02)February 2, 1947
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
Died June 25, 2009(2009-06-25) (aged 62)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Anal cancer
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Nationality American
Other names Farrah Fawcett-Majors
Education W. B. Ray High School
Alma mater University of Texas
Occupation Actress, artist
Years active 1969–2009
Lee Majors
(m. 1973; div. 1982)
Partner(s) Ryan O'Neal (1979–1997; 2001–her death)
Children 1

Farrah Leni Fawcett /ˈfærə ˈfɔːsɪt/ (originally spelled Ferrah; February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress, model, and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster – which became the best selling pin-up poster in history – and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels (19761977). In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time".[2]

In 1969, Fawcett began her career when she appeared in commercials and guest roles on television. During the 1970s, she appeared in numerous television series, including recurring roles on Harry O (1974–1976), and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978) with her first husband, film and television star Lee Majors. Her breakthrough role came in 1976, when she was cast as Jill Munroe in the ABC series Charlie's Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The show propelled all three to stardom, but especially Fawcett (then billed as "Farrah Fawcett-Majors"). After appearing in only the first season, Fawcett decided to leave the show, which led to legal disputes. She eventually signed a contract that required her to make six guest appearances in the show's third and fourth seasons (1978–1980). For her role in Charlie's Angels she received her first Golden Globe nomination.

In 1983, Fawcett received positive reviews for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Extremities. She was subsequently cast in the 1986 film version and received a Golden Globe nomination. She received two Emmy Award nominations for her roles in TV movies, as a battered wife in the 1984 film The Burning Bed and as real-life murderer Diane Downs in the 1989 film Small Sacrifices. Her 1980s work in TV movies also earned her four additional Golden Globe nominations.

In 1997, she gained some negative press for a rambling appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, but also garnered strong reviews for her role in the film The Apostle with Robert Duvall. She continued in numerous TV series, including recurring roles in the sitcom Spin City (2001) and the drama The Guardian (2002–2003). For the latter, she received her third Emmy nomination. Her film roles include, Love Is a Funny Thing (1969), Myra Breckinridge (1970), Logan's Run (1976), Sunburn (1979), Saturn 3 (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), Extremities (1986), The Apostle (1997), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and she died three years later at age 62. The 2009 NBC documentary Farrah's Story chronicled her battle with the disease. She posthumously earned her fourth Emmy nomination for her work as a producer on the documentary.

Early life

Fawcett was born in 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas; she was the youngest of two daughters.[3] Her mother, Pauline Alice Fawcett (née Evans; 1914–2005), was a homemaker, and her father, James William Fawcett (1917–2010), was an oil field contractor.[4] Her elder sister, Diane Fawcett Walls (1938–2001), was a graphic artist. She was of Irish, French, English and Choctaw Native American ancestry.[5][6][7] Fawcett once said the name "Farrah" was "made up" by her mother because it went well with their last name.[5][8] Another theory is that her father, an oilman, reportedly named her "Farah" after the Arabic word for "joy", and she reportedly asked to change the spelling to "Farrah".[9]

A Roman Catholic,[10] Fawcett began her early education at the parish school of the church her family attended, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Corpus Christi.[5] She graduated from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, where she was voted "most beautiful" by her classmates in her freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. For three years (1965–68), she attended the University of Texas, where she studied microbiology before switching to art major. [11] She lived at Madison House on 22nd street, west of campus, and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. During her freshman year, she was named one of the "ten most beautiful coeds on campus"; it was the first time that a freshman had been chosen for the honor. Her photos were sent to various agencies in Hollywood. David Mirisch, a Hollywood agent, called her and urged her to come to Los Angeles. She turned him down, but he called her for the next two years. Finally, in 1968 (the summer following her junior year), Fawcett moved to Hollywood with her parents' permission to "try her luck" in the entertainment industry.[5]


Early career

When Fawcett arrived in Hollywood at age 21 in 1968, Screen Gems signed her to a $350-a-week contract.[12][13] She began to appear in commercials for such products as Noxzema, Max Factor, Mercury Cougar automobiles, and Beautyrest mattresses, among others.[14][15] Her earliest acting appearances were guest spots on The Flying Nun (1969) and I Dream of Jeannie (1969–70). She made numerous other TV appearances, including Getting Together, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Mayberry R.F.D., and The Partridge Family.[5] She appeared in four episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man with husband Lee Majors,[5] on The Dating Game[16] and S.W.A.T, and had a recurring role on Harry O alongside David Janssen as the title character's girlfriend, Sue. She had a sizable part in the 1969 French romantic-drama Love Is a Funny Thing. She played the role of Mary Ann Pringle in Myra Breckinridge (1970).[17]

Rise to stardom

In 1976, Pro Arts Inc. pitched the idea of a poster of Fawcett to her agent. A photo shoot was then arranged with photographer Bruce McBroom, who was hired by the poster company.[11] According to friend Nels Van Patten, Fawcett styled her own hair and did her makeup without the aid of a mirror. Her blonde highlights were further heightened by a squeeze of lemon juice.[18] Fawcett selected her six favorite pictures from 40 rolls of film, and the choice was eventually narrowed to the one that made her famous.[19] The resulting image of Fawcett in a one-piece red bathing suit[18] is the best-selling poster in history.[20][21]

Due to the popularity of her poster, Fawcett earned a supporting role in Michael Anderson's science-fiction film Logan's Run (1976) with Michael York. She and her husband, television star Lee Majors, were frequent tennis partners with producer Aaron Spelling. Spelling and his business partner eventually chose Fawcett to play Jill Munroe in their upcoming made-for-TV movie, Charlie's Angels, a movie of the week which aired on March 21, 1976, on ABC. The movie starred Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors), Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith as private investigators for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a reclusive multimillionaire whom the women had never met. Voiced by John Forsythe, the Charles Townsend character presented cases and dispensed advice via a speakerphone to his core team of three female employees, whom he referred to as "Angels". They were aided in the office and occasionally in the field by two male associates, played by character actors David Doyle and David Ogden Stiers. The program quickly earned a huge following, leading the network to air it a second time and approve production for a series, with the pilot's principal cast minus Ogden Stiers.

The Charlie's Angels series formally debuted on September 22, 1976. Each of the three actresses was propelled to stardom, but Fawcett dominated popularity polls and was soon proclaimed a phenomenon.[22][23] She subsequently won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Performer in a New TV Program.[24][25] In a 1977 interview with TV Guide, she said, "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."[26]

Fawcett's appearance in the television show boosted sales of her poster, and she earned far more in royalties from poster sales than from her salary for appearing in Charlie's Angels.[27] Her hairstyle went on to become an international trend, with women sporting a "Farrah-do", a "Farrah-flip", or simply "Farrah hair".[28][29] Iterations of her hair style predominated among American women's hairstyles well into the 1980s.[30]

In the spring of 1977, Fawcett left Charlie's Angels after only one season.[31] After a series of legal battles over her contract with ABC, Cheryl Ladd eventually succeeded her on the show, portraying Jill Munroe's younger sister Kris Munroe. Over the years, numerous explanations were offered for Fawcett's precipitous withdrawal from the show. Because her husband, Lee Majors, was the star of an established television show himself (ABC's Six Million Dollar Man which aired from 1974 to 1978), the strain on her marriage due to filming schedules that kept them apart for long periods was frequently cited, but her ambition to broaden her acting abilities in films has also been given as an explanation. She never officially signed her series contract with Spelling owing to protracted negotiations over royalties from her image's use in peripheral products, which led to an even more protracted lawsuit filed by Spelling and his company when she quit the show. As a result of leaving her contract four years early, she reluctantly signed a new contract with ABC stating that she would make six guest appearances on the series over a two-year period (1978–1980).[32]

Charlie's Angels was a major success throughout the world, maintaining its appeal in syndication and spawning (particularly in the show's first three seasons) a cottage industry of peripheral products, including several series of bubble gum cards, two sets of fashion dolls, numerous posters, puzzles, and school supplies, novelizations of episodes, toy vans, and a board game, all featuring Fawcett's likeness. The "Angels" also appeared on the covers of magazines around the world, from countless fan magazines to TV Guide (four times) to Time.

In 2004, the television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels dramatized the events from the show, with supermodel and actress Tricia Helfer portraying Fawcett and Ben Browder portraying Lee Majors, Fawcett's then-husband.[33]

Dramatic roles

In 1980, Fawcett starred with Kirk Douglas in Stanley Donen's science-fiction film Saturn 3; the film earned unfavorable reviews from critics and experienced poor box office sales.[34][35] The following year she starred alongside an ensemble cast, which included Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr., in the comedy The Cannonball Run (1981). Later that year, she co-starred with Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Andy Griffith in the television movie Murder in Texas.

In 1983, Fawcett won critical acclaim for her role in the Off-Broadway stage production of the controversial play Extremities, written by William Mastrosimone. Replacing Susan Sarandon, she played the role of an attempted rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker.[25][36] She described the role as "the most grueling, the most intense, the most physically demanding and emotionally exhausting" of her career.[36] During one performance, a stalker in the audience disrupted the show by asking Fawcett if she had received the photos and letters he had mailed her. Police removed the man and were only able to issue him a summons for disorderly conduct.[37]

The following year, her role as battered wife Francine Hughes in the fact-based television movie The Burning Bed (1984) earned her the first of her four Emmy Award nominations.[36] The project is noted as being the first television movie to provide a nationwide 800 number that offered help for others in the situation, in this case victims of domestic abuse.[38] It was the highest-rated television movie of the season.[36]

In 1986, Fawcett appeared in the movie version of Extremities, which was also well received by critics and performed well financially. For her performance she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. (At the time there was even talk and buzz about the possibility of her receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in the film.) She appeared in Jon Avnet's Between Two Women with Colleen Dewhurst, and took several more dramatic roles as infamous or renowned women. She was nominated for Golden Globe awards for roles as Beate Klarsfeld in Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story and troubled Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton in Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, and won a CableACE Award for her 1989 portrayal of groundbreaking LIFE magazine photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White.[25]

Her 1989 portrayal of convicted murderer Diane Downs in the miniseries Small Sacrifices earned her a second Emmy nomination[39] and her sixth Golden Globe Award nomination.[40] The miniseries won a Peabody Award for excellence in television, with Fawcett's performance singled out by the organization, which stated "Ms. Fawcett brings a sense of realism rarely seen in television miniseries (to) a drama of unusual power".[41]

Art meets life

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Fawcett had steadfastly resisted signing a release for nude photographs of her to be published in magazines, even though she had briefly appeared topless in the 1980 film Saturn 3. She caused a major stir by posing semi-nude in the December 1995 issue of Playboy.[32] At the age of 50, she appeared in a pictorial for the July 1997 issue of Playboy, which also became a top seller. The issue and its accompanying video featured Fawcett actually using her own body to paint on canvas; for years, this had been one of her ambitions.[32]

That same year, Robert Duvall chose Fawcett to play the role of his wife in The Apostle, which was an independent feature film that he was producing. She received an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Actress for the film, which was highly critically acclaimed.[32] In 2000, she worked with director Robert Altman and an all-star cast in the feature film Dr. T & the Women, as the wife of Richard Gere. (Her character has a mental breakdown, leading to Fawcett's first fully nude appearance.)

At around this time, Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone described befriending Fawcett and giving her a studio visit for her abstract paintings and sculpture. In 2000, Fawcett's collaboration with sculptor Keith Edmier was exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the exhibit was later displayed at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The sculpture was also presented in a series of photographs and a book by Rizzoli.[38]

In November 2003, Fawcett prepared for her Broadway debut in a production of Bobbi Boland, the tragicomic tale of a former Miss Florida. However, the show never officially opened when it closed during preview performances. Fawcett was described as "vibrating with frustration" at the producer's extraordinary decision to cancel the production; just days earlier, the same producer closed an Off-Broadway show she had been backing.[42][43]

Fawcett continued to work in television; she appeared in well-regarded made-for-television movies and on popular television series that included Ally McBeal, four episodes of Spin City, and four episodes of The Guardian. Her work on the latter show earned her a third Emmy nomination in 2004.[32]

Personal life

Fawcett began dating Lee Majors in the late 1960s.[44] She was married to Majors from 1973 to 1982, although the couple separated in 1979. They had no children. During her marriage, she retained the name Farrah Fawcett-Majors in her screen credits.

From 1979 until 1997, Fawcett was romantically involved with actor Ryan O'Neal.[45] The relationship produced a son, Redmond James Fawcett-O'Neal, born in 1985.[46] In April 2009, Redmond was on probation for driving under the influence when he was arrested for possession of narcotics;[47] Fawcett was in the hospital at the time.[48] On June 22, 2009, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters reported that Ryan O'Neal had said that Fawcett had agreed to marry him as soon as she felt strong enough.[49]

From 1997 to 1998, Fawcett was in a relationship with Canadian filmmaker James Orr,[50] who was the writer and producer of Man of the House, the Disney feature film in which she co-starred with Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The relationship ended when Orr was arrested, charged, and later convicted of beating Fawcett during a 1998 fight.[51]

On June 5, 1997, Fawcett received negative commentary after she gave a rambling interview and appeared distracted on Late Show with David Letterman.[52][53] Months later, she told the host of The Howard Stern Show that her behavior was just her way of joking around with the television host, partly in the guise of promoting her Playboy pictorial and video. She explained that what appeared to be random looks across the theater was just her looking and reacting to fans in the audience. Though the Letterman appearance spawned speculation and several jokes at her expense, she returned to the show in 1999.[54] Several years later in February 2009, Letterman ended an incoherent and largely unresponsive interview with Joaquin Phoenix by saying, "We owe an apology to Farrah Fawcett."[55][56]

Fawcett's elder sister, Diane Fawcett Walls, died of lung cancer just before her 63rd birthday, on October 16, 2001.[57] The fifth episode of her 2005 Chasing Farrah series followed the actress home to Texas to visit with her father, James, and mother, Pauline.[58] Pauline Fawcett died on March 4, 2005, at the age of 91.[57]


Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006[59] and began treatment that included chemotherapy and surgery.[60] Four months later, on February 2, 2007, her 60th birthday, the Associated Press reported that Fawcett was at that point cancer-free.[61] However, in May 2007, Fawcett experienced a recurrence and was diagnosed with stage IV cancer that had metastasized to her liver (which has a 5-year survival rate of <20%); a malignant polyp was found where she had been treated for the initial cancer. Doctors contemplated whether to implant a radiation seeder (which differs from conventional radiation and is used to treat other types of cancer).[62] Fawcett's U.S. doctors told her that she would require a colostomy.[63]

Not wanting to proceed with a colostomy for treatment of her stage IV cancer, she traveled to Germany for treatments described variously in the press as "holistic",[64] "aggressive",[65] and "alternative".[66] There, Dr. Ursula Jacob prescribed a treatment including surgery to remove the anal tumor, a course of perfusion and embolization for her liver cancer by Doctors Claus Kiehling and Thomas Vogl in Germany, and chemotherapy back in Los Angeles. Although initially the tumors were regressing, their reappearance a few months later necessitated a new course, this time including laser ablation therapy and chemoembolization.[10] Aided by friend Alana Stewart, Fawcett documented her battle with the disease.[63]

In early April 2009, Fawcett was back in the United States and hospitalized. Media reports declared her unconscious and in critical condition,[67][68] although subsequent reports indicated her condition was not so dire.[69] On April 6, the Associated Press reported that the cancer had metastasized to her liver. This was a development that Fawcett had learned of in May 2007 and which her subsequent treatments in Germany had targeted. The report denied that she was unconscious and explained that the hospitalization was not due to her cancer, but instead due to a painful abdominal hematoma that had been the result of a minor procedure. Her spokesperson emphasized she was not "at death's door", adding "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."[69] Fawcett was released from the hospital on April 9. She was accompanied by longtime companion O'Neal, and according to her doctor, was "walking and in great spirits and looking forward to celebrating Easter at home."[70]

A month later, on May 7, Fawcett was reported as being critically ill, with Ryan O'Neal quoted as saying she now spends her days at home, on an IV and often asleep.[71] The Los Angeles Times reported that she was in the last stages of terminal cancer and had the chance to see her son Redmond in April 2009, although he was shackled and under supervision because he was then incarcerated. Her 91-year-old father, James, flew out to Los Angeles to visit.

Cancer specialist Dr. Lawrence Piro was treating Fawcett in L.A. He and Fawcett's friend—Angels co-star Kate Jackson, a breast cancer survivor—appeared together on The Today Show. They dispelled tabloid-fueled rumors, including suggestions that Fawcett had ever been in a coma, had ever reached 86 pounds, and had ever given up her fight against the disease or lost the will to live. Jackson decried such fabrications, saying they "really do hurt a human being and a person like Farrah." Piro recalled when it became necessary for Fawcett to undergo treatments that would cause her to lose her hair, acknowledging "Farrah probably has the most famous hair in the world", but also that it is not a trivial matter for any cancer patient, whose hair "affects [one's] whole sense of who [they] are". Of the documentary, Jackson averred Fawcett "didn't do this to show that 'she' is unique, she did it to show that we are all unique ... (T)his was ... meant to be a gift to others to help and inspire them."[72]

The two-hour documentary Farrah's Story,[73] which was filmed by Fawcett and friend Alana Stewart, aired on NBC on May 15, 2009.[71][74] At its premiere airing, the documentary was watched by nearly nine million people,[75] and it was re-aired on the broadcast network's cable stations MSNBC, Bravo and Oxygen. On July 16, 2009, Fawcett posthumously earned her fourth Emmy nomination as the producer of Farrah's Story.[76]

Controversy surrounded the aired version of the documentary. Her initial producing partner–who had worked with her four years earlier on her reality series Chasing Farrah–alleged that the editing of the program by O'Neal and Stewart was not in keeping with her wishes to more thoroughly explore alternative methods of treatment of rare types of cancers such as her own.[77]


Fawcett died at 9:28 a.m. PDT on June 25, 2009, at the age of 62, due to cancer, at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with O'Neal and Stewart by her side.[78][79][80]


A private funeral was held in Los Angeles on June 30, 2009. Farrah's son Redmond was permitted to leave his California detention center in order to attend the service, where he gave the first reading. Fawcett was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.[81][82]


Findagrave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38733716/farrah-fawcett[83]

Media coverage

News of Fawcett's death was largely overshadowed by media coverage of the death of music icon Michael Jackson, which occurred a few hours later on the same day.[84][85]

On the night of her death, ABC aired an hour-long special episode of 20/20 featuring clips from several of Barbara Walters' past interviews with Fawcett as well as new interviews with Ryan O'Neal, Jaclyn Smith, Alana Stewart, and Dr. Lawrence Piro.[86] Walters followed up on the story on Friday's episode of 20/20. CNN's Larry King Live planned a show exclusively about Fawcett that evening until the death of Michael Jackson several hours later caused the program to shift to cover both stories. Cher, a longtime friend of Fawcett, and Suzanne de Passe, executive producer of Fawcett's Small Sacrifices mini-series, both paid tribute to Fawcett on the program. Coincidentally, de Passe had worked for Motown Records in the 1960s and 70s, and she had also played a major part in the development of The Jackson 5 which included lead singer Michael Jackson. NBC aired a Dateline NBC special "Farrah Fawcett: The Life and Death of an Angel" the following evening, June 26, preceded by a rebroadcast of Farrah's Story in prime time.

That weekend and the following week, television tributes continued. MSNBC aired back-to-back episodes of its Headliners and Legends episodes featuring Fawcett and Jackson. TV Land aired a mini-marathon of Charlie's Angels and Chasing Farrah episodes. E! aired Michael & Farrah: Lost Icons and The Biography Channel aired Bio Remembers: Farrah Fawcett. The documentary Farrah's Story re-aired on the Oxygen Network and MSNBC.[87] BET aired the 2004 movie The Cookout, in which Fawcett had appeared.

Larry King said of the Fawcett phenomenon:

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said: "Farrah was one of the iconic beauties of our time. Her girl-next-door charm combined with stunning looks made her a star on film, TV, and the printed page."[89]

Kate Jackson said of her former castmate:

Academy Awards' omission

In March 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upset family and friends of Fawcett when she was excluded from the "In Memoriam" montage at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. The inclusion of Michael Jackson in the montage, someone who was not primarily known for his film roles, only added to the controversy. Friends and colleagues of Fawcett, including Ryan and Tatum O'Neal, Jane Fonda and film critic Roger Ebert,[90] publicly expressed their outrage at the oversight.

AMPAS executive director Bruce Davis noted that Fawcett had been recognized for her "remarkable television work" at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009. On the exclusion, he said: "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."[91]

Cultural impact

The red one-piece bathing suit she wore in her famous 1976 poster was donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History (NMAH) on February 2, 2011.[18][92] Designed by CFDA Award-winning fashion designer Norma Kamali,[93] it was donated to the Smithsonian by her executors and was formally presented to NMAH in Washington, D.C., by her longtime companion Ryan O'Neal.[94] The iconic image of Farrah in a red swimsuit has been recreated in a limited edition Barbie doll with a gold chain and the girl-next-door locks.[95]

In 2011, Men's Health named Fawcett in its list of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time," ranking her at No. 31.[96]

The song Midnight Train to Georgia had initially been inspired by Fawcett and Lee Majors.[97] Songwriter James Dawn "Jim" Weatherly phoned Majors, who was one of his friends, but it was Fawcett who actually answered the call. Weatherly and Fawcett chatted briefly and she told him she was going to visit her mother and was taking "the midnight plane to Houston." Although Majors and Fawcett were both successful by that time, Weatherly used them as "characters"[98] in his song, about a failed actress who leaves Los Angeles and is followed by her boyfriend who cannot live without her. Eventually the genders were swapped to a failed actor who leaves Los Angeles and is followed by his girlfriend who cannot live without him, a train replaced the plane, and Houston was changed to Georgia. The recording by Gladys Knight & the Pips attained the number 1 position on the Billboard chart in 1973.[99]

In 1980, O'Neal facilitated a meeting between Fawcett and artist Andy Warhol, who created two portraits of Fawcett during their time together. Fawcett later loaned the portraits to The Andy Warhol Museum. Following a 2013 court case between O'Neal and the University of Texas, which had been named by Fawcett as the recipient of all of her artwork, one of the portraits was deemed the property of O'Neal. The portrait was valued at between $800,000 and $12 million during the court case.[100]


Theatrical film appearances

Year Film Role Notes
1969 Love Is a Funny Thing Patricia
1970 Myra Breckinridge Mary Ann Pringle
1976 Logan's Run Holly 13 As Farrah Fawcett-Majors
1978 Somebody Killed Her Husband Jenny Moore As Farrah Fawcett-Majors
1979 An Almost Perfect Affair Herself Uncredited
1979 Sunburn Ellie As Farrah Fawcett-Majors
1980 Saturn 3 Alex
1981 The Cannonball Run Pamela Glover
1984 The Burning Bed Francine Hughes
1986 Extremities Marjorie Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1989 See You in the Morning Jo Livingstone
1995 Man of the House Sandy Archer
1997 The Apostle Jessie Dewey Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1997 The Lovemaster Craig's Dream Date
1997 Playboy: Farrah Fawcett, All of Me Herself Direct to video
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Faucet Voice
2000 The Flunky Herself
2000 Dr. T & the Women Kate Travis
2004 The Cookout Mrs. Crowley Final acting role
2008 A Wing & a Prayer: Farrah's Fight for Life Herself Documentary

Television appearances

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Mayberry R.F.D. Show Girl No. 1 (S2E5 "Millie, the Model")
1969 I Dream of Jeannie Cindy
(S5E8 "See You in C-U-B-A")
(S5E12 "My Sister the Home Wrecker")
1969 Three's a Crowd Hitchhiker Television movie
1969–1970 The Flying Nun Miss Preem
(S3E16 "Armando and the Pool Table")
(S3E5 "Marcello's Idol")
1970 The Young Rebels Sarah "Dangerous Ally"
1970 The Partridge Family Pretty Girl (S1E2 "The Sound of Money")
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Tori Barbour "Burden of Proof"
"Shadow of a Name"
1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz Kitty Murdock Television movie
1971 Inside O.U.T. Pat Boulion Unsold pilot
1973 The Girl with Something Extra Carol "How Green Was Las Vegas"
1973 The Great American Beauty Contest T.L. Dawson Television movie ABC (Aired February 13, 1973)
1973 Of Men and Women Young Actress Segment: "The Interview"
1974 Apple's Way Jane Huston "The First Love"
1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. Laura Foley (S5E23 "I've Promised You a Father: Part 1")
1974 McCloud Gloria Jean (S4E4 "The Colorado Cattle Caper")
1974–1976 Harry O Sue Ingham (S1E19 "Double Jeopardy"), (S1E20 "Lester"), (S1E21 "Elegy for a Cop"), (S2E3 "Lester part 2"), (S2E8 "Tender Killing Care"), (S2E9 "APB Harry Orwell"), (S2E16 "Past Imperfect"), (S2E18 "Forbidden City")
1974–1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Major Kelly Wood (2 episodes), Trish Hollander, Victoria Webster 4 episodes. (S1E8 "Rescue of Athena One"), (S4E3 "Nightmare in the Sky"), (S3E18 "The Golden Pharaoh"), and (S2E11 "The Peeping Blonde")
1975 The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped Patti Television movie
1975 Murder on Flight 502 Karen White As Farrah Fawcett-Majors
1975 S.W.A.T. Miss New Mexico
(S1E9 "The Steel-Plated Security Blanket")
1976–1980 Charlie's Angels Jill Munroe Cast member from 1976 to 1977; recurring from 1978 to 1980
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1976)
1976 The Captain and Tennille Show Herself (S1E8 "The Captain & Tennille: Ultimate Collection"), Appeared as The Little Girls (Pigs): Farrah Fawcett-Majors with Charlie's Angels co-stars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith
1977 The Sonny and Cher Show Herself / Various Characters 2 episodes
1977 The Brady Bunch Hour Herself As Farrah Fawcett-Majors with then-husband Lee Majors (S1E2, "January 23, 1977")
1981 Murder in Texas Joan Robinson Hill Television movie
1984 The Red-Light Sting Kathy Television movie
1984 The Burning Bed Francine Hughes Television movie
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1986 Between Two Women Val Petherton Television movie
1986 Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story Beate Klarsfeld Television movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Barbara Hutton Television movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1989 Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White Margaret Bourke-White Television movie
Cable ACE Award – Best Actress in a Telefilm Documentary/Drama
1989 Small Sacrifices Diane Downs Television movie
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1991 Good Sports Gayle Roberts 15 episodes (S1E1 "Pros and Ex-Cons"), (S1E2 "Gayle Wouldn't Do That"), (S1E3 "The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Hit"), (S1E4 "John McKinney Is a No Yes Man"), (S1E5 "The Reviews Are In"), (S1E6 "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"), S1E7 "The Cincinnati Kids"), (S1E8 "The Moody Blues Swing"), (S1E9 "A Book Is Just a Book"), (S1E10 "Electricity"), (S1E11 "Movin' In"), (S1E12 "Love Means Never Having to Say You're Happy"), (S1E13 "Bobby and Gayle Go on a Date"), (S1E14 "The Return of Nick"), (S1E15 "A Class Act")
1992 Criminal Behavior Jessie Lee Stubbs Television movie
1994 The Substitute Wife Pearl Television movie
1995 Children of the Dust Nora Maxwell Miniseries
1996 Dalva Dalva Northridge Television movie
1997 Johnny Bravo Farrah Fawcett / Old Lady (S1E5 "Blarney Buddies/Over the Hump/Johnny Meets Farrah Fawcett") (voice)
1999 Silk Hope Frannie Vaughn Television movie
1999 Ally McBeal Robin Jones (S3E6 "Changes")
2000 Baby Lily Malone Television movie
2001 Jewel Jewel Hilburn Television movie
2001 Spin City Judge Claire Simmons (S6E1 "The Arrival"), (S6E4 "The Apartment"), (S6E8 "She's Gotta Habit"), (S6E11, "Chinatown")
2002–2003 The Guardian Mary Gressler (S2E1 "Testimony"), (S2E3 "The Dead"), (S2E11 No Good Deed"), (S2E14 "Understand Your Man")
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series
2003 Hollywood Wives: The New Generation Lissa Roman Television movie
2004 Intimate Portrait Herself Intimate Portrait Farrah Fawcett (S11E26 Aired Monday 7:00 PM Aug 30, 2004 on Lifetime)
2005 Chasing Farrah Herself 7 episodes (E1 "My Dinner With Farrah"), (E2 "Lights, Camera, Farrah?"), (E3 "Tonight's Guest: Farrah Fawcett"), (E4 "Fun With Farrah"), (E5 "Meet the Fawcetts" ), (E6 "Still Farrah After All These Years"), (E7 "The Art of Being Farrah")
2006 Comedy Central Roast Herself Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. William Shatner, Jason Alexander aired on August 20, 2006. Roasters: Andy Dick (as the "love child" of James T. Kirk and Spock), Farrah Fawcett, Greg Giraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, Artie Lange, Nichelle Nichols, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Pollak, Jeff Ross, George Takei, Betty White, and Fred Willard performing the roasting duties. Special, pre-taped, guest appearances were made by Leonard Nimoy, Sandra Bullock, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, and Clint Howard.
2009 Farrah's Story[71] Herself Also Executive producer
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-fiction Special. A look at the last stages of Farrah Fawcett's life as she battles cancer.

See also

  • Biography portal


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