Charlie’s Angel, poster girl, hair style icon Farrah Fawcett has died. Longtime partner Ryan O’Neal, friend Alana Stewart and her doctor Lawrence Piro were with her, and last rites were administered hours earlier. Alana Stewart has produced and directed the documentary Farrah’s Story which aired earlier this year in NBC and chronicled the cancer’s reappearance, alternative treatments in Germany and subsequent hospitalization. Her long time companion, Ryan O’Neal told People Magazine:
She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages. She’s now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now.
After some bit parts in Hollywood, Fawcett married the Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors in 1973 and hyphenated her name, a radical move at the time. Three years later she was cast by Aaron Spelling as part of his jiggle schedule on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels which made her a superstar. The ubiquitous, iconic poster followed, but in a classic Hollywood bad move, Fawcett decided to leave Charlie’s Angels after just one season over a salary dispute.
Bad movies came out of that bad move, until she struck a career high in 1984 with the made-for-TV movie Burning Bed about an abused woman who took matters into her own hands. Fawcett was nominated for an Emmy.
By then she had divorced Majors and begun a relationship with Ryan O’Neal. The two had a son Redmond who has had legal and drug problems. Redmond called his mother from jail last night, reports People magazine, and said:
how much he loved her and asked her to please forgive him that he was so very, very sorry.
Fawcett’s medical records were leaked to the media by an employee of UCLA, perhaps creating her most lasting legacy, a new California law imposing tighter controls on medical files and stiffer penalties for privacy breaches.
Fawcett was an American icon whose life reflected her times: Her hair, her hyphenated last name, divorce, long term live-in relationship and its break up, drug addicted son, and battle with cancer are all part of the fabric of American life from the 1970s to present.