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Biography: Farrah Fawcett - Americas Angel DVD

Biography: Farrah Fawcett - Americas Angel DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 1999

The life of the beautiful Texan who became America's leading sex symbol in the 1970s with her role on TV's hit "Charlie's Angels".



Farrah Fawcett was born on February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was the second child of a poor pipefitter and homemaker. From the beginning she was the 'golden child' with her angelic looks and even-tempered nature. An honor student all the way through high school, Farrah was liked by the girls, and all the boys were enamored by her good looks and athletic abilities.

Rather than move far from home for college, Farrah settled on the nearby University of Texas, Austin. The sixties were in full swing at UT and although everyone around Farrah was experimenting with drugs and booze, Farrah passed - she was high on life, and not fond of illegal substances. Farrah soon became a legend on campus when she was voted one of the ten most beautiful women as a freshman. That notoriety brought Hollywood agents out to see her, and by the summer of her junior year, Farrah answered the call of bright lights and fame, and trekked out to Hollywood.

Within two weeks Farrah had a modeling/acting contract, and a boyfriend in the form of "Big Valley" actor Lee Majors. She had plenty of work, including stints on sitcoms and commercials for products like Ultrabrite toothpaste and Noxema. In 1976, the now married Farrah Fawcett-Majors took a job on a new hour-long show playing a private detective named Jill Munro. That series, "Charlie's Angels" defined a generation of television shows and had an unprecedented impression on pop culture -- by the end of the first season, every woman in America wanted Farrah's trademark hairdo, every teenage boy had her swimsuit poster with the very visible nipples, and the term 'jiggle tv' had been born. Farrah was now a commodity; sex sells, and she was the all-American sex-symbol of the seventies. For that reason, by the end of the 1970s Farrah wasn't getting the serious parts she craved, and at the same time her marriage to Lee Majors was falling apart. By 1980 the marriage was over and she was dating actor Ryan O'Neal (although the divorce from Majors wasn't official until 1982).

In the early 1980s, Farrah broke out of the 'blond' stereotype when she fought for and won the role of a rape victim in the off-Broadway play, EXTREMITIES. She won critical acclaim for the part. The eighties saw a re-invented Farrah, who was the queen of made-for-TV movies, playing everything from Barbara Hutton, to a woman who kills her children, to a woman who murders her abusive husband in THE BURNING BED. In 1985 she also gave birth to her only son, Redmond O'Neal.

In the 1990s Farrah continued to work in movies and even appeared in an ill-fated sitcom with her long-time companion O'Neal. The year 1995 saw Farrah appearing topless in Playboy magazine. Farrah and Ryan called it quits to their 17-year relationship in 1997, and Farrah's life and career seemed to crash at the same time. She made a video for Playboy and went on the talk show circuit to promote it. After disastrous appearances on David Letterman and Howard Stern, rumors circulated that she was using drugs. She redeemed her reputation as an actress in Robert Duvall's movie THE APOSTLE, but her personal life provided great fodder for the tabloids. Her post-O'Neal relationship with James Orr took a violent turn in early 1998 when he beat Farrah up, and she took him to court. At the end of 1998, Farrah all but dropped out of sight, only to re-emerge in the new year after gaining weight, getting healthy, and once again re-inventing herself, this time in the safe and comfortable environment of her parents home in Houston.

After such a dramatic fall, Farrah seems to be getting her life together and is considering different offers of work -- where does she go from here?

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