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Farrah Fawcett, Farrah's Story

Updated on October 21, 2019
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

Classic Farrah


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.

Images of Farrah's Story

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In happier times with Ryan O'NealPainful liver laser treatmentFarrah and Ryan in the hospitalFrail but still beautifulGoodbye
In happier times with Ryan O'Neal
In happier times with Ryan O'Neal
Painful liver laser treatment
Painful liver laser treatment
Farrah and Ryan in the hospital
Farrah and Ryan in the hospital
Frail but still beautiful
Frail but still beautiful

Farrah's Story

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

Interview with Farrah

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Ethel Smith


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    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      19 months ago

      That she did.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      19 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes she did prove herself more than a very pretty face. I wrote this not long after her death and having watched her story. Still well worth watching imo

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      19 months ago

      Thank you for telling about the last chapter in Farrah Faucet's life. Her pinup poster was classic '70s. Her celebrity preceded Charile's Angels because of her relationship and marriage to Lee Majors, who was famous for The Six Million Dollar Man series. Their relationship was tabloid fodder until their divorce. Some questioned her acting ability but she proved her talent in a couple of roles, including Extremities.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thank you so much. Writing could help heal in some small way, maybe. Farrah was an amazing woman

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      ethel smith,

      I have never watch this - too close to home. I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer. Cancer is such a terrible disease. I admire her and appreciate your tribute. You have encouraged me to move beyond my comfort zone - not now - but I will - I have placed it on my list because of your urging. Thank you for an excellent tribute to the blond nothingness - so humble - what greatness.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I know silver rose. I see it all the time at work. The elderly patients sometimes drift off but some, having lived so well for so long, still have a terrible struggle in the end.

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      Silver Rose 

      10 years ago from UK

      It's always sad when someone passes away through painful illness. It's the lack of dignity that illness brings. If only we could wave a wand so people only died in their sleep of old age.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks emohealer and melody for stopping by. She remained so lovely I suppose because her inner beauty shone through.

    • Melody Lagrimas profile image

      Melody Lagrimas 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks fr sharing her inspiring story.

    • emohealer profile image

      Sioux Ramos 

      10 years ago from South Carolina

      A great tribute, thank you for taking the time to tell what many may not have known. A battle like hers is difficult, but to do it publicly so much more, I like you applaud her life.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Ultimate hubber she was ill. She passed away on 25th June 2009

    • Ultimate Hubber profile image

      Ultimate Hubber 

      10 years ago

      Its sad such talented lady is ill.


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