Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah Fawcett

Speaking of mid-life crises, an icon of my youth passed away today:

Farrah Fawcett, 62, golden-haired sex symbol of the late 1970s most remembered for her appearance on bedroom posters and the detective series "Charlie's Angels" and who later found a niche portraying troubled women in made-for-television dramas, died today at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer.

Actress Farrah Fawcett Dies at 62

The poster of Fawcett that leads this article was, for a time in the late 1970s, as ubiquitous as Betty Grable's was in the 1940s. While I wasn't much of a fan of hers at the time, this poster evokes that time as much as disco music and the big hair she helped inspire.

The Washington Post story I quoted and this Guardian story provide synopses of her career. Suffice to say that after her brush with stardom, she did some good work, some of it in less-than-stellar productions.

Condolences to her family and friends.

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