Okay...that may be a bit of a stretch. None of us know if she is destined for heaven above, but we can certainly hope for her sake. It's really the metaphor that I like more than anything else. Farrah Fawcett was the epitome of "Charlie's Angels" so that's the association we will always make with her. Now she is with us no more.
Farrah Fawcett finally succumbed to her three year battle with cancer when she passed away in a Santa Monica hospital this morning. She was 62-years-old.
I was far too young to remember that famous poster of Farrah in the red swimsuit that first brought her fame in 1976. However, I clearly remember seeing it for the first time on a friend's wall a couple of years later. Only 8-years-old, but that image always stuck with me.
"Charlie's Angels" never really was my cup of tea. I mean I would have been in grade school when it came out. If it wasn't Saturday morning cartoons, I wasn't really paying attention. But there were only four networks to pick from so of course I was familiar with the show. It's just that that wasn't how I remember Farrah best.
The memories I have of her was when she started to take on serious roles in the 80s. I'll never forget watching "The Burning Bed" with that being my earliest recollection of an exposure to domestic abuse. Or at least what should happen when the dude tries to get away with it. Then she did something similar with "Extremities". It's so ironic that the woman who came to prominence due in a large part to her sex appeal ended up leaving her most lasting impressions with me because of her dramatic abilities.
Well not entirely.
I can't lie. "Cannonball Run" is how I remember her the best. Her role may not have been that big...actually, she didn't have a much of a choice with that. It was a HUGE ensemble cast. Still, she clearly had no problem taking full advantage of her sex symbol status and even did so in that role while trying to play it down. It was a little hard to suppress all of that though.
Unfortunately, Farrah's passing doesn't come as a surprise. For anyone that saw her documentary just months ago, you could clearly see the end was near. Not that it didn't make it any more tragic though. She will leave us with some memorable moments that she was able to prove thru both her sexiness and her genuine talent.
Rest in peace, Farrah.