The blonde bombshell that is Farrah Fawcett would be turning 69 today. However, following her three-year battle with cancer, she passed in 2014.
Today, we honor the 1970s iconic actress’ legacy through her most memorable moments.
The Texas native, who was displayed on the walls of many teenage boys’ bedrooms, represented the ideal image of a Cali beauty. A warm glow from her tan skin, sparkling blue eyes, and billowing blond hair, full of waves and curls, is still pictured as America’s sweetheart.
Farrah Fawcett and ‘Charlie’s Angels’
In September 1976, Fawcett landed the role of Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels. She and co-stars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith played three police officers turned private investigators who kicked major butt and did so with a fierce female flair.
The Famous Red Swimsuit
The TV series skyrocketed her career. A pinup poster released the same year as her small-screen role showcased Fawcett’s beauty and sex appeal as she posed in a red swimsuit. It is considered the highest-selling poster of all time.
Within six months, the poster sold 5 million copies, and is reported to have sold a total of more than 12 million.
“If you were to list 10 images that are evocative of American pop culture, Farrah Fawcett would be one of them,” Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, told The Los Angeles Times. “That poster became one of the defining images of the 1970s.”
The Beginning of Fawcett’s Career
Previous to stardom, Farrah made one of her first television programs on “The Dating Game” in 1969 where the former beauty queen stood out with her gorgeous look.
In the early 70s, Fawcett became a model by gracing magazines, posters, and commercials. She began to take part in small roles, including the “The Partridge Family,” among others.
Her Star Begins to Shine
Farrah Fawcett’s stardom began to take off.
It’s hard to believe the actress left “Charlie’s Angels” after one season, appearing in only 29 episodes since she seems to be the face of not only Charlie’s angel but an angel in general.
The iconic scene of Farrah skateboarding through the streets of Los Angeles is one of her finest on-screen moments. Not only was she beautiful, but she appeared to be pretty hip too.
In 1977, Farrah appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” However, it’s obvious she’s out of it. She was seemingly in a stage of inebriation. Fawcett slurs her words and continues talking about unnecessary, random topics, and appearing out of it. Following the strange interview, Fawcett focused on fixing her image on future talk show appearances.
Farrah’s Lasting Legacy
Her last public appearance was at the 2006 Emmy awards. Farrah and the two other angels came together to honor the TV show’s producer Aaron Spelling following his death.
In an openly vulnerable and heartfelt documentary, showing her battle with a rare form of anal cancer. The film earned Fawcett a posthumous Emmy honor for her production of the emotional Farrah’s Story.
On June 25, 2009, at the age of 62, Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with the terrible disease.
The blonde beauty has left a lasting legacy in pop culture.