Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels in 1976. Fawcett later appeared off-Broadway to the approval of critics and in highly rated television movies in roles often challenging (The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White) and sometimes unsympathetic (Small Sacrifices). Fawcett was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s. While her impact was particularly strong on the teens of the 1970s, her appeal spreads over multiple generations.
She played an angel and perhaps now she is one. Farrah Fawcett has passed away from cancer at the age of 62. She had waged a very public battle with the disease in recent years.
“After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away,” Fawcett's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal said in a statement. “Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world.”
After starting out with supporting parts in shows like Harry O., Fawcett shot to stardom in Charlie’s Angels and on one of the most successful pin-up posters in history. Her film career, with movies like Saturn 3, Sunburn, and Somebody Killed Her Husband, she never found success on the big screen the way she did on television.
That wasn’t for lack of acting chops, however. She wowed critics with her 1984 performance in The Burning Bed, and drew kudos for a number of other performances as well and for many established herself as a serious actress beyond the glamour.