RIP: Farrah Fawcett Dead At 62


WASHINGTON POST: Farrah Fawcett, 62, golden-haired sex symbol of the late 1970s most remembered for her appearance on bedroom posters and the detective series “Charlie’s Angels” and who later found a niche portraying troubled women in made-for-television dramas, died today from cancer. Ms. Fawcett was a Texas-born college dropout who parlayed success as a model for toiletries such as Ultra Brite toothpaste and Wella Balsam shampoo into a viable acting career. Still a relative unknown, she achieved two iconic roles at the same time in 1976. On Wednesday nights, she was Jill Munroe, the blond Angel on the ABC detective drama produced by Aaron Spelling. The rest of the week, she was the star attraction on a poster that sold a record 12 million copies. Haloed by the curls of her impossibly buoyant curly hair, wearing a red swimsuit that left little to the imagination, she entered the dreams of adolescent boys everywhere and brought women into hair salons to copy her style. MORE

farrah_fawcett_003_1.jpgNEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Farrah Fawcett turned out to be a whole lot more than The Poster and the hair. But for almost anyone who was young in the 1970s, The Poster and the hair may be what endures the longest — Fawcett in a one-piece red bathing suit, looking over her right shoulder at the camera with piles of blondish hair framing blue eyes and a double-scoop smile. She was an All-American Girl at a time when a country clawed bloody by scandal and war really needed one, and The Farrah Fawcett Poster became to late 20th century America what Betty Grable was to GIs in World War II. Half the boys in the country had it on the wall and the other half didn’t need to, because they’d memorized it. Fawcett, then known as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, posed for The Poster in early 1976, a few months before she rose from minor TV star to major TV star as Jill Monroe on “Charlie’s Angels.” Featuring two other equally beautiful women, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson, the show became an immediate hit and made them all stars, in addition to selling a lot of posters. MORE

PHAWKER: We’ve secretly had a crush on her since, like, 1976. We figure it is time to finally come clean and ‘fess up. You will always be Charlie’s favorite angel, Farrah. Wish you were here.

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