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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 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.
"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 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 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.
"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 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.
"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."