Farrah Fawcett, the Texas-born actress and sex symbol who shot to fame as one of “Charlie’s Angels” and later earned acclaim in serious roles including telepic “The Burning Bed,” died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer at the age of 62.Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006 and traveled to Germany in 2007 for alternative treatments. An NBC documentary about her cancer battle that aired in May, “Farrah’s Story,” caused controversy over the final editing of the piece.
The tanned, blonde actress was one of the biggest celebrities of the 1970s, parlaying commercials and guest TV spots into a starring role in the popular detective drama “Charlie’s Angels” in 1976. Around the same time, a swimsuit poster featuring the beauty’s tousled mane, flirtatious smile and enviable figure -- graphically outlined in a tight red swimsuit -- sold a still-unrivaled 12 million copies.
Fawcett lasted only one season as a regular on the ABC drama, however, bolting for a career in film that didn’t match her TV popularity. (Her first film was the 1978 “Somebody Killed Her Husband,” which Hollywood wags dubbed “Somebody Killed Her Career.”) Her TV exit resulted in a series of lawsuits, and the actress agreed, as part of a settlement, to appear in a handful of episodes of the show in subsequent seasons.
She sought to downplay her sex-symbol status with meatier roles in the 1980s. In 1984, Fawcett earned the first of three Emmy Award nominations for her role as a battered wife in the television movie “The Burning Bed.” She also gained acclaim for more serious fare including the stage and movie versions of “Extremities,” in which she played a rape victim who turns the table on her attacker, and for a predatory role in the miniseries “Small Sacrifices.”
Other notable TV movie roles included “Nazi Hunter: The Beate Larsfeld Story,” “Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story” and “Margaret Bourke-White.”
Born in Corpus Christi, she attended the U. of Texas at Austin, where she was featured in a photo of the “Ten Most Beautiful Co-eds.” After a Hollywood agent saw the photo, she dropped out and moved to Hollywood.
She soon met actor Lee Majors and began making guest appearances on series including “The Flying Nun,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Marcus Welby M.D” and Majors’ “The Six Million Dollar Man.” She also appeared with Raquel Welch in the 1970 film “Myra Breckinridge.”
But it was a hair care campaign for Wella Balsam that ignited interest before the launch of “Charlie’s Angels” and her poster release.
Among her other film roles were in the ‘‘76 “Logan’s Run,” “Saturn 3,” “Sunburn,” “The Cannonball Run,” “The Apostle,” Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women,” and her final film, the 2004 “The Cookout.”
Her third Emmy nom was for a recurring guest appearance on law drama “The Guardian” in 2003.
Fawcett was back in the spotlight in 1995, posing nude for Playboy magazine at the age of 48. The December 1995 issue in which she appeared sold more than 4 million copies, making it the bestselling issue of the 1990s.
In June 1997, Fawcett made headlines for her appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Some had speculated that her rambling, incoherent manner was the result of drug abuse, but she insisted she was just joking around with the latenight host.
Fawcett was married to Majors from 1973 to 1982. From 1982 to the present, she was involved off and on with actor Ryan O’Neal; the latter relationship produced one child, Redmond, born in 1985. Farrah Fawcett dies at 62 - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety