Farrah Fawcett, Jersey Girls and More Big Hair

Farrah Fawcett was everything a girl could want to be. Famous (a legend actually), beautiful, and that hair...that hair...how do you describe the perfection of her hair. I can remember growing up in New Jersey and watching Farrah on "Charlie's Angels". Her hair was everything every girl wanted their hair to be. Thick, long, feathered and big...it didn't get any better than Farrah.

Farrah was the influence of so much big hair in the 1980s. Her claim to fame in "Charlie's Angels" came in 1976, but it took us until the 80's to perfect the style. I remember everyone wanted to have "Farrah hair". Girls feathered, plumped and permed their hair to get the look. As this look took off it lead to even bigger and better hair.

It lead to the 1980s...and where better to live than New Jersey, home of the big hair. We had so many big hair styles. There was big long hair and big short hair. For special occasions we had big prom hair and big wedding hair. Bon Jovi, king of big celebrity hair, hailed from New Jersey. There was big bar hair, big city hair and like everyone else, the next morning we had big bad hair.

This one's for you, Farrah Fawcett, and the influence you had on our lives.

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett was born February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christie, TX. She was voted "Most Beautiful" by her high school graduating class. She became a household name while acting in the TV series, "Charlie's Angels". She left the series because she felt it was frivolous and she wanted to be a serious actress.

Farrah's hard work and persistence made her dreams come true. She has been nominated at least 4 times for the Golden Globe award and at least three times for an Emmy. Her first Golden Globe nomination was for "Actress in a Leading Role - Drama". In 2003 she was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Not bad for the girl who started out as Jill Monroe.

Farrah has been active in charity work against domestic violence. Her film, "The Burning Bed" in 1984 included a public service message by Farrah and a 1-800 number that women could call for help. This movie eventually led to at least three states changing their laws regarding domestic violence.

Farrah bio

"The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think."

"God made man stronger but not necessarily more intelligent. He gave women intuition and femininity. And, used properly, that combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met."

"But I must never forget how blessed I have been. God has given me gifts and happiness, beyond any of my simple desires. My deepest desire now is to simply live,... So with hope and determination, I'd hold on and go on."

Farrah Fawcett and Joe Namath...Ohh La Laaa

Vanna White

Vanna White was born February 18, 1957 in North Myrtle Beach, SC. She began as the co-star of "The Wheel of Fortune" on December 13, 1982. The American public found another sweetheart that day. Vanna stayed with "The Wheel of Fortune" until it was cancelled in 1991.

Vanna remained an American sweetheart throughout the 1980s. Vanna was "Barbie" come alive. Vanna was the girl who showed us all how to brandish an object on display without having any eyes leave the brandisher. We all know that famous Vanna stance.

Vanna White bio

"I enjoy getting dressed as a Barbie doll."

“I remember my parents telling me, at the age of 10, 'You can do anything you want.' Dad, we did it!”

"It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters."


Cher

Cher was born on May 20, 1946 in El Centro, CA. She became an overnight sensation in 1965 when her and Sonny Bono's song "I've Got You Babe" became a hit. Cher received her first Golden Globe Award in the 1970s for her part in "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour".

Cher's career has spanned 4 decades. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She has won a total of three Golden Globe Awards, in addition to an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy and a People's Choice Award. Cher, now aged 62, still looks fabulous and is in the midst of a 3 year run at Las Vegas. Tickets are selling of e-bay for $399.95 for a "good view" and $699.00 for an orchestra seat.

Cher bio

"Some years I'm the coolest thing that ever happened, and then the next year everyone's so over me, and I'm just so past my sell date."

"Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great."

"It's really a joke that my whole life people thought I was unattractive until now - when I'm getting too old to really be attractive."

"After the holocaust there still will be cockroaches and Cher."

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire was born on March 28, 1955 in McAlester, OK. Reba's father was a rodeo rider and she received her first big break singing the Star Spangled Banner at the National Rodeo Finals in 1974. Red Steagell, a country singer attending the rodeo, suggested she go to Nashville. Reba followed his suggestion and history was made.

Reba made the Top 10 for the first time in August 1980. She has been called "The Queen of Country" and is the second best selling female artist. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame bears her name. She has received multiple awards spanning the last 25 years.

Reba bio

"Be different, stand out, and work your butt off."

"My family, you know, are all still, you know, very close. We're all still very close. Mom and Daddy are still alive. So, what more can you ask for? Your kids are healthy."

"Growing up is not being so dead-set on making everybody happy."

Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, England. She moved with her family to Australia when she was five. She returned to England as a teen and moved to America in the 1970s. She starred with John Travolta in "Grease" in 1978 making her a household name in America.

Olivia has had a prolific career which includes dancing with Gene Kelly in the movie "Xanadu". In 1981 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She received the Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 1991 for her work with breast cancer awareness. She has been nominated 12 times for the Grammy Award and has won it 4 times.

Olivia Newton-John bio

"There's a rumor going around that I'm Miss Goody-two-shoes from Australia. Well, that's a laugh. I'm really Miss Goody-two-shoes from England!"

"There's a balance in my life. There's reality, and there's the part that looks really glamorous, but we're all just people in the end."

"Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It's better than art because it's from the creator."

"I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it."

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi was born on March 2, 1962 in Perth Amboy, NJ. In 1989, while on tour, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Rose Hurley. Together they have 4 children. Family plays a big part in Jon's life. In an interview with "Time" on July 25, 2007 Jon stated that the secret of a successful marriage is "find an independent woman—who loves you for you and will be your best friend. I got it right the first time and was very, very lucky."

Jon Bon Jovi is very active with charity work and has worked on the behalf of Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Special Olympics and Project Home to name just a few. He has been honored by Habitat for Humanity and the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Jon Bon Jovi bio

Bon Jovi homepage

"Do you really want to know why I'm doing all this goodwill, and why I'm an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity and why I gave a million to [relief efforts for Hurricane] Katrina? It's because I feel guilty about the huge hole in the ozone layer my haircuts created. It's my responsibility to right the wrongs of the Eighties."

"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?"

"Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you."

"Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate."

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Comments 36 comments

Jmell 7 years ago

I'm a Farrah fan!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

This is a remarkable hub talking about those great people. My icon here is Bon Jovi :)


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Madison Parker 7 years ago from California

I have both Farrah and Olivia in my prayers. They are going through some tough stuff these days.

On to the fluff; I miss my 80's hair style! It was big and fun and I was SO young.

Farrah was our idol in the 70's, especially those of us with 2 toddlers and a rented house that looked like a bomb hit on any day of the week at any given time! She was the big deal and we all wanted to look like her...fat chance!

Now we just want her to move on in peace. Fame doesn't always give you a good life; in fact, it is often a curse. We still love her! You go girl!

Also, good hub and fun to read. Good job!


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frogdropping 7 years ago

k@ri - farrah rocked in CA - don't think it was quite the same after she left.

Love how you hubbed this - I'm a bit of a fan of such info. True frog fact ;)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Jmell, Farrah is one of a kind!

shamelebboush, Bon Jovi is something! Jon Bon Jovi seems to be a pretty decent person also.

Madison, I was reading about Farrah, and she was such an influence on my generation, it made me sad. When I was in school, everyone tried to imitate her look. Thanks for stopping by!

frogdropping, Farrah always rocked! I'm glad you liked this one, and thanks for sharing the true frog fact! :D


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

In 6th grade, I had a Farrah Fawcett jersy. The one with your top pic on it. They made me turn it inside out at school because her nipples showed.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I was in junior high as well when that poster was popular and I remember t-shirts with that poster were forbidden as well for the same reason.

Great hub, Kari! I especially enjoyed the quote from each performer.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hello, k@ri!  I had a big crush on both Farrah Fawcett and Olivia Newton-John back then!  Oh sweet torture!  Laugh!

I enjoyed this hub very much, thanks for the memories!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Paper Moon, You nasty boy you...wearing a picture with nipples, LOL! I'm surprised they didn't send you home to change.

KCC, I'm glad you liked the quotes. I was surprised at how some of them were pretty hard to find quotes from.

Hi Elena! You certainly have good taste! They were and are wonderful.


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Wonderful hub. Farrah was also a fine arts major in college and has produced some nice work of her own. She's an incredible woman. I highly recommend watching "Farrah's Story"--very moving. All great women here. Reba McIntyre has helped/performed at the Muhammed Ali "Fight Night" for Barrow Neurological Institute for the past several years.

And there was the time my husband met Bon Jovi while he was touring the states on motorcyle one summer and loaned his drums for a song to his crew when he wanted to "sit in" and perform a few songs. (Wish I had been there, but we were fighting at the time!)


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Tom Koecke 7 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

Believe it or not, I once had hair! It was so long ago, though, I barely remember it!

Great Hub! I love the way you write!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Yay this brought me back straight to the 80s - a decade where women absolutely did not have a monopoly on big hair - well at least when it comes to rock music!

Great memories and nostalgia always make for an entertaining hub! Thanks for sharing :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Dink, I was upset when I read about Farrah. She is a wonderful lady, and an icon to at least one generation. I'm sorry you missed Bon Jovi. I was surprised at how much respect I gained for him when I did the research. Turns out he's not just another pretty face!

Tom, I think you look wonderful the way you are. Thanks for stopping by! :D

Cris, Women most certainly did not have a monopoly on big hair back then. At least not in NJ, where I was at the time. The men's hair was as wild as the women's. I'm glad you liked it, and yes, I agree, nostalgia is fun!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Love this hub its just fabulous. All these women of a simialr age and so amazing. Good wishes to Farrah


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

ethel, Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you liked it! They are amazing women!


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babedoll50 7 years ago from Alberta

Woh, Blast from the past. Memories of great times that's forsure. Charlies angels and farrah were my fav and Grease is still my all time fav movie, A bit cheesy I know but man all us girls wanted to look like those girls.

Thanks for a very well put together hub


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

babedoll, I don't think it is cheesy at all! I can not remember one woman who did not want to have " Farah" hair. Grease was entirely different. Took us back to when it was a better time. Great memories that is for sure!


TexasChickiMama 7 years ago

My Husband fixed the A/C in the Fawcetts home in Houston in the 80's...so we know her well hehehe!

I think these are all great role models...still just remember 'us' the Mom's, Wives and all the others.

I have Multiple Sclerosis and try to educate others about the disease. I am a Mom, A wife and many other hats we all wear!

The Challenges that Farrah has faced in these recent years makes her my hero! Not the fancy hair or the celebrity standing...just her! There in the battle and fighting!


ralwus 7 years ago

Hi k@ri, nice hub. I better not say more. hehe


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

badcompany, You and almost all the men I know, LOL! You have a wonderful weekend!

TexasChickiMama, Here's to moms, wives and women everywhere! Yes, it's the strength that Farrah displays that makes her a hero.

ralwus, Glad you liked it! You don't need to say anymore, the laugh says it all. :D


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

This Hub does bring back memories. Although the big hair craze did get a little extreme over time, I still think there was something very nice about the makeup and hair that was "going on back then" (at least before the big hair got too ridiculous). :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Lisa, I agree, it was very nice until it became "extreme". Thanks for stopping by!


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erin boote 7 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Wow .. I thank you for writing such an awesome hub with great info. What a creative idea to do such a great tribute to not only "BIG HAIR"...but all of the greats you mentioned. God bless poor Farah in her ongoing battle, and Olivia also. Thanks again.. Erin


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

erin, Thanks for stopping by! Farrah is a great lady, and so is Olivia.


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

I'm a Farrah fan too! She will always be my number one angel and Olivia is so adorbale and a very kind person!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

compu-smart, Farrah was wonderful, and Olivia still is! Thanks for the comment.


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okmom23 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

The 80's, BIG Hair, Farrah, and New Jersey! I grew up in N.J., and loved your hub!

Donna


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Donna, Thanks! I grew up in Jersey also...what a fun place! :D


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

wonderful hub. love it


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

i loved watching farrah on lifetime movies and cheryl ladd


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

jesusmyjoy, Thanks, Farrah is great and so is Cheryl Ladd! :D


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

k@ri, I love " Farrah Fawcett", she was a trend setter with her hair styles, It was very sad the way that she suffered before she left us. :(


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

oliversmum, It was very sad that she had to suffer so. She brought joy to many of us.


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

I love Farrah's hairdo! I remember I wanted it so much when I was in high school. OMG! That was hot! Thanks for the great hub!


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k@ri 5 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

tim-tim, Didn't we all! Thanks for the comment! :D


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I LOVE "Big Hair" .... I'm with you on this hub -- but personally \I am not with you on your hub re Bald Men LMAO

If I was to go bald I would grow my eyebrows long and comb them back

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