Farrah Fawcett, the actress who became the sexual fantasy of legions of young men and is best known for her staring role on the classic ABC TV series Charlie’s Angels, died Thursday following a three year bout with a rare form of cancer. She was 62 years old.
The former art and sculpting college major, began her career guest starring and acting in a number of shampoo commercials, before eventually getting the role that would define her as a tough yet sultry female detective on Charlies Angels. Despite only leaving following only one season on the show, Fawcett became the symbol of the show and the show itself became a symbol of her.
In the late 1970s she would hang in the imaginations and bedroom walls of countless young men, who flocked to buy a poster of Fawcett laughing and clad only
a one piece orange bikini. The poster was a colossal hit and became an iconic image.
The poster and her signature role on Charlie’s Angel’s hampered her desire to be a star taken more seriously by the public. But in the 1980s she shocked audiences in the tv movie “The Burning Bed” in which she played an abused housewife who kills her husband. Late in a similar role she would play in the 1986 drama Extremities (1986).
Fawcett acted in a series of other films such as Logan’s Run (1976), Sun Burn (1979), Saturn 3(1980), The Cannon Ball Run (1981), Man of the House (1995), The Apostle (1997), and Dr T and the Women (2000)among others.
In 2007 she starred in her own reality television show Chasing Farrah which aired on TV land and last month was the subject of an NBC documentary that chronicled her battle with Cancer.
Farrah Fawcett, who soared to fame as a national sex symbol in the late 1970s on television’s campy “Charlie’s Angels” and in a swimsuit poster that showcased her feathery mane and made her a generation’s favorite pinup, died Thursday. She was 62.
Fawcett, whose celebrity overshadowed her ability as a serious actress, was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2006. She died at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, said Paul Bloch, her publicist.