Fawcett, Farrah

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Farrah Fawcett

1947 – 2009

Farrah Fawcett, a television and movie actress and cultural icon, owned a home within the first mile of Upper Bear Creek Road during the 1970s and early '80s.

Known best for her roles in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels” (1976-77) and “The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-79), Farrah also appeared in numerous other TV shows and TV commercials. She was nominated for Emmy Awards on four occasions and for Golden Globe Awards six times.

A 1976 poster of her in a one-piece red bathing suit proved popular, generating much in royalty income and promoting a long, feathery and bouncy hairstyle that was often imitated by females in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Her image was made into a Barbie doll donning a red bathing suit. Although considered a sex symbol, she resisted nudity in films and photo shoots, posing semi-nude for Playboy on two occasions, one of which featured her artistic talents in painting and sculpting.

Her marriage to Lee Majors, star of “The Six Million Dollar Man,” lasted from 1973 to 1982, but they separated six years after being married. She had a 30-year relationship with Ryan O’Neal that started in 1979; they had one son together.

Majors and Fawcett supposedly were inspiration for the song “Midnight Train to Georgia” made famous by Gladys Knight and the Pips in 1973.

She produced a two-hour television documentary of her fight with anal cancer, a disease that ultimately took her life in 2009 at age 62. The film – “Farrah’s Story” – earned her a fourth Emmy nomination.

Her death occurred on the same day as Michael Jackson’s.

Two years after her death, she was listed among the 100 Hottest Women of All-Time, published by Men’s Health, ranking #31.