It has just been reported that actress, sex symbol, and icon Farrah Fawcett has just been died at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., of cancer at the age of 62.
The Texas-born actress was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006 and traveled to Germany in 2007 for alternative treatments. She made her treatment public in an NBC documentary that aired in May called Farrah’s Story. Fawcett sought cures in Germany as well as the United States, battling the disease with iron determination even as her body weakened. “Her big message to people is don’t give up, no matter what they say to you, keep fighting,” her friend Stewart said.
Most notoriously none for her role in Charlies Angels in 1976, in 1984, Fawcett earned the first of three Emmy Award nominations for her role as a battered wife in the television movie The Burning Bed and began to downplay her attractiveness for more dramatic roles. She later won two more Emmy’s, one for Small Sacrifices in 1989 and The Guardian in 2003. She also gained acclaim for the stage and movie versions of Extremities, in which she played a rape victim who turns the table on her attacker.
Other notable TV movie roles included “Nazi Hunter: The Beate Larsfeld Story,” “Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story” and “Margaret Bourke-White.”
She also had notable roles in a number of feature films including: 76 Logan’s Run, Saturn 3, Sunburn, The Cannonball Run, The Apostle, Robert Altman’s Dr. T and the Women, and her final film, the 2004 The Cookout.
Fawcett returned back to her sexy roots in 1995, posing nude for Playboy magazine at the age of 48. The December 1995 issue in which she appeared sold more than 4 million copies, making it the bestselling issue of the 1990s.
She will be missed.