Farrah Fawcett’s Tragedy
An original Charlie’s Angel, Farrah IS your mother’s Jennifer Aniston…
Much like Britain’s reality-show star/villain Jade Goody just a few months ago, America’s 70s-TV icon Farrah Fawcett has starred in her own tragic, last-days documentary.
During the two-hour video diary, which aired on NBC, Farrah chronicled her battle with cancer, revealing some truly intimate moments.
“Cancer is my own private war. The strain, the nausea, the fever take turns challenging my strength, my mind and my spirit. Even after two years, I still haven’t learned why I can’t will my body to heal itself. I’m still trying, but slightly crying.”
The film, shot by her friend Alana Stewart (Rod’s ex), follows Farrah all over the world searching for a cure to the anal cancer she was diagnosed with in 2006. Her first intention was to film her doctor visits so that she would have accurate “notes” on her care, but it turned into much more as the cancer spread to her liver, and the powerful treatments she was undergoing failed to eradicate it.
Her longtime companion, actor Ryan O’Neal (Tatum’s dad), described Farrah’s current condition as grave: “She’s sedated, she’s in pain, she’s quiet,” he said. “This is not a good situation. Her son’s in jail,” said O’Neal, referring to their 24-year-old son, Redmond, who is locked up on drug charges.
Now Bettys, Farrah IS your mother’s Jennifer Aniston: Before we all flocked to our hairstylists, begging for “the Rachel” in the late 90s, our moms tried–mostly in vain–to attain the Farrah ‘do. It was curly and blond and flipped-back and defied gravity. Which makes it all the more ironic that in Farrah’s final appearance on film, we learn that she shaved her own head when her trademark tresses starting falling out last year.
And though she left Charlie’s Angels after the show’s premiere season, Farrah remains the most famous Angel of that 70s franchise. In 1976, she released THAT POSTER (top photo), with the hair and the–ahem–bathing suit, and the megawatt smile: It sold a still-record 12 million copies.