Farrah Fawcett, 1947-2009

Those teeth, that hair -- these trademarks and a wildly popular bathing-suit poster printed in the 1970s came, in short order, to define actress Farrah Fawcett. Before long, it was clear, these features had also chained the Charlie's Angels star to a sterile image of plastic, unreflective beauty. It took Fawcett years to break free of this stereotype only, in the end, to have her acting abilities once more overshadowed -- by her battle with anal cancer, which she lost today in Santa Monica.

Only a few days ago her longtime companion, Ryan O'Neal, had told TV interviewer Barbara Walters of his and Fawcett's plans to marry soon, before her death. That, like so much of Fawcett's career, remained an unfulfilled promise.

Flowers will be placed on Fawcett's star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard, near Sycamore Avenue, at 11:30 a.m.


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