Friday, June 25, 2010

Farrah Fawcett - Dies a year ago today

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Fawcett's career spanned several decades. She got her start in the early '70s, scoring a key role in 'Myra Breckinridge' in 1970. She tied the knot with actor Lee Majors in 1973, and in 1976 landed jobs in both 'Logan's Run' and 'Charlie's Angels.' Fawcett co-starred alongside Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson on the Aaron Spelling-produced show. 'Angels' was an instant smash, pulling in a whopping 23 million fans per week.

Though she lasted just one season as a regular character on 'Angels,' the success of the show made her a worldwide star. Her infamous red bathing suit pin-up poster still holds a record with 12 million copies sold.

She left 'Angels' for a career in movies, but the results were mixed. Throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, she starred in film flops like 'Somebody Killed Her Husband,' the comedy 'Sunburn' and the sci-fi whopper 'Saturn 3.'

Fawcett fared better with television movies like 'Poor Little Rich Girl' and the 1984 drama 'The Burning Bed.' She portrayed an abused wife in 'Bed,' and earned an Emmy nomination for her performance. (That the bulk of her most known work happened on television led to her omission from the 2010 Oscars in memoriam tribute, upsetting many, including O'Neal.)

In 1995, a 50-year-old Fawcett posed nude in Playboy magazine and later starred in a video for the lad mag called 'All of Me,' in which she sculpted and painted while wearing little clothing.

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