Farrah Fawcett, theAmerican sex symbol who shot to fame as one of “Charlie’s Angels” 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. She traveled to Germany in 2007 for alternative treatments. Fawcett documented the trials and tribulations of her battle with cancer in the NBC documentary “Farrah’s Story.”
Her long-time partner Ryan O’Neal told People magazine Thursday, “She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages … She’s now with he mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now.”
Fawcett 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.
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.
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