Farrah Fawcett, Farrah's Story
Farrah Fawcett was that oh so beautiful woman that us girls longed to look like, all those years ago.
Mainly known in the United Kingdom for her role as one of Charlie's Angels in the original TV drama she was once seen never forgotten.
With that wide smile, pearly white teeth, ultra slim figure, flowing blonde hair and the face of an angel she was one in a million.
Of course the guys loved her for different reasons to us girls.
Most men had a crush on her loving her from the tip of her toe to the top of her head.
Despite her warm image she still oozed sex appeal.
More recently her name became prominent due to her battle with anal and liver cancer.
Sadly after a long struggle the cancer finally won and Farrah passed away on June 25, 2009, aged 62.
As that fateful day also saw the death of Michael Jackson Farrah's death was overshadowed and received minimal publicity in the U.K.
July 17, 2009, British TV aired Farrah's Story which showed Farrah's continuing struggle to survive her illness and beat cancer.
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Farrah's Story was a moving piece of work.
It took the form of a type of diary running from the time when Farrah was diagnosed as having cancer with the viewer following her journey.
It is worth remembering that cancer is still a terrible illness and some types are less easily treat than others.
It also seems that some cancers are more ignored than others.
All cancers need research and money spending on it in order to eradicate it from our lives. As with all things this will ultimately be possible but it will take time and money.
Farrah tried many forms of treatment in an attempt to win through.
Eventually she was travelling between America and Germany where she was having radical stem cell treatment and more. Her pain was terrible to see at times.
As I watched I found it so inspiring that such a petite woman could show such a great inner strength.
Many of the treatments were painful but she never gave up.
Her long time partner Ryan O'Neal was by her side through it all.
They had married a few years earlier when Farrah's cancer was diagnosed and their strength of feeling for each other was plain to see.
Throughout it all she remained a beautiful person, on the inside and well as the outside
I guess it was her personality that came through.
Once Farrah was animated her beauty just glowed. Farrah came across as a sweet person who loved life. Her beloved father, so sad with her illness, was as Jaclyn Smith said, a real doll.
Her two ex Charlie's Angels had also known cancer, or so it would seem.
All three had turned into beautiful mature women. Sure they may have had the odd surgical help at staying beautiful but who can blame them.
Toward the end of her life Farrah finally lost her hair.
She had retained a little hair at the front of her head which showed under the front of her beanie hat and so at first glance it was not obvious that she was going bald.
However when the hat came off she still was so beautiful even wthout hair.
Alana Hamilton seemed to film much of this program and Ryan O'Neal was at Farrah's side, as much as possible. All in all it was a touching documentary which left me in awe of the strength of this woman.
Finally we saw Farrah reading mail from fellow cancer sufferers and feeling their pain
For me the worst aspect of Farrah's Story was the shameful behaviour of the press and paparazzi through many of Farrah's darkest days.
With her medical confidentiality breached she was open season. She did win her battle against them though and finally achieved some peace.
Whether or not you were a fan of Farrah Fawcett I recommend that you watch Farrah's Story, if you are given the chance. It has sadness, hope, despair, love, friendship and more. As a final piece of work from Farrah it was truly exceptional.
Farrah referred to herself at one point as a "a blonde nothingness" which belies the greatness this woman showed in her battle against cancer.
RIP Farrah Fawcett 2009
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© 2009 Ethel Smith