Farrah Fawcett was an American actress
of TV's Charlie's Angels and The Burning Bed fame.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Farrah Leni Fawcett*
Date, time and place of birth: February 2, 1947,
at 3:10 p.m., Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A.
Date, time, place and cause of death: June 25, 2009, at 9:28 a.m., St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (Cancer)
Spouse: Lee Majors (m. July 28, 1973 - February 16, 1982) (divorced)
Wedding took place at the Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road,
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Child: Redmond James O'Neal (b. January 30, 1985) (son)
Father: James William Fawcett (in the pipeline construction business
and later, ran a custodial service)
Mother: Pauline Alice Evans
Burial site: Westwood Memorial Park, Westwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* Her name was misspelled "Ferrah" on her
birth certificate, and a couple of online
sources have erroneously spelled it "Farah."
Note that she was not born Mary Farrah
Leni Fawcett, as some sources report. She was a convert
to Catholicism at the age of two. The saints' name
chosen for her baptism was Mary. But she was not
born Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett.
Career - Credits
Before being catapulted to international stardom as
one of TV's original Charlie's Angels, Farrah
had a recurring role on David Janssen's detective
series Harry-O and made guest appearances on
shows such as Mayberry R.F.D., I Dream of Jeannie,
The Flying Nun, The Partridge Family, The Young Rebels,
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, McCloud, Marcus
Welby, M.D., S.W.A.T., and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Credits in major feature films, miniseries and
TV movies include, Myra Breckinridge (1970), Logan's
Run (1976), The Burning Bed (1984), Extremities
(1986), Margaret Bourke-White (1989), Small Sacrifices
(1989), Children of the Dust (1995), Man of the House
(1995), and The Apostle (1997).
Fawcett was television's first sexy blonde bombshell
to become a true pop culture phenomenon. During the
peak of her stardom, she could be found on the covers
of dozens of magazines, books, toys, best-selling
posters and the ubiquitous t-shirts featuring the sexy,
iconic image of Farrah in a swimsuit. The popular
t-shirts were actually banned by some schools who
found the photo just a tad too revealing.
Dissatisfied with both her contract and paycheck,
she left the hit show Charlie's Angels after the
first season in search of movie stardom. While
she could not duplicate the level of success she'd
seen on the show, she did impress critics with her
superb performance as a battered wife in the 1984
television movie, The Burning Bed. Fawcett
won additional critical acclaim for her powerful
portrayal of a rape victim who turns the tables
on her attacker in both the stage and film version
A 1997 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman
yielded some unwanted negative publicity, when it
was speculated that her rambling, incoherent
interview was the result of drug or alcohol abuse.
She dismissed her bizarre behavior on the program
with claims that she was just nervous and unprepared
for the talk show appearance. Farrah also claimed she
gets giggly when she is nervous, and her dazed and
confused appearance was all just an act and she was
Note that during her marriage to actor Lee Majors,
she was usually billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
Following her divorce from Lee, Farrah Fawcett had
a long-term relationship with actor Ryan O'Neal,
which yielded a son, Redmond, in 1985.
Farrah was recently seen by millions as she reunited
with her former Charlie's Angels co-stars at
an Emmy tribute to the late TV producer Aaron Spelling.
In 2006, she underwent "cutting edge, state-of-the-art
treatment" after being diagnosed with cancer. Former
boyfriend Ryan O'Neal came to her aid and accompanied
Farrah to her medical treatments. She had done the
same for him back in 2001 after he was diagnosed
with leukemia. Just in time for her 60th birthday,
she was given a clean bill of health and learned
she was cancer-free. In announcing the successful
completion of her four-month battle with cancer,
she said, "I hope that my news might offer some
level of inspiration to others who unfortunately
must continue to fight the disease." Regrettably,
the elation over her successful cancer battle
was short-lived. Just three months after she was
given the all-clear from her doctors, Farrah was
informed they'd discovered a small malignant polyp
in the vicinity of her previous cancer occurrence.
She went public with her cancer battle in 2009,
telling her story via a video diary entitled "Farrah's
Story." In it she shared intimate and sometimes graphic
details of her painful struggle. The documentary was
filmed shortly after she was informed the anal cancer
had spread to her liver.
"Farrah is in a solid place emotionally, but physically
she's a wreck," long-term partner Ryan O'Neal reported
in 2009. "It's a very rocky place. We put on a brave
front, always, when we're with her, so she doesn't know
how scared we are . . . in the last two years, I loved her
more than I've ever loved her."
Farrah Fawcett died June 25th, 2009, at 9:28 a.m.,
at St. John's Health Center, in Santa Monica, California.
More than two dozen sources were consulted in
preparing this profile.
One of the most in-depth of these was the biography,
Farrah: An Unauthorized Biography by Patricia Burstein.
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