Sunday, January 2, 2011

Farrah Fawcett who played Jill Munroe on the TV show "Charlie's Angels"

Farrah Fawcett was born Farrah Leni Fawcett on February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She was best known for playing the role of the sexy detective Jill Munroe on the TV show "Charlie's Angels".

What would become one of the best selling posters of all time at 12 million copies.  Farrah Fawcett-Majors 1976, the year "Charlie's Angels" hit the TV screen


Farrah got her acting career started in the late '60s doing TV commercials and became a Breck Girl for Breck Shampoo and later for Wella Balsam shampoo.  She soon landed her first role in a TV show in 1969 by appearing as a model in "Mayberry R.F.D." starring Ken Berry, George Lindsey and Jack Dodson.  That same year landed her first TV movie role in "Three's a Crowd" co-starring Larry Hagman, Jessica Walter, Harvey Korman, Norman Fell, Shelley Morrison, and E.J. Peaker (1969).  This led to her getting a couple of guest spots on Larry Hagman's show "I Dream of Jeannie" also co-starring Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, and Hayden Rorke.  Also in 1969, she landed a role in her first film "Love Is a Funny Thing" co-starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot, Peter Bergman, and Kaz Garas. Rounding out the '60s, Farrah got a couple of roles in the show "The Flying Nun" starring Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood, and Shelley Morrison.


Farrah Fawcett then

Farrah Fawcett in one of her many beauty commercials
Farrah Fawcett in the late 1960s

Into the '70s Farrah starred in "Myra Breckinridge" co-starring Mae West, John Huston, Rex Reed, Raquel Welch, George Furth, and Jim Backus (1970); "The Partridge Family" starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Suzanne Crough, and Dave Madden (1970); "The Young Rebels" starring Richard Ely, Louis Gossett Jr., Hilary Thompson and Alex Henteloff (1970); "The Feminist and the Fuzz" co-starring Barbara Eden, David Hartman, Jo Anne Worley, Julie Newmar, Herb Edelman, Penny Marshall, and Harry Morgan (1971); and "Inside O.U.T." co-starring Bill Daily, Alan Oppenheimer, James Sikking, and Barney Phillips (1971); 



Farrah Fawcett in the early 1970s

In 1971 Farrah would guest star on the TV series for two different episodes of "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" where she would co-star with her future husband Lee Majors.  The show also starred Arthur Hill,  Pat Harrington Jr.  Lee would go on to become the star of "The Six Million Dollar Man", They would be married from 1973 to 1982.  However, the couple separated in 1979.  During this time all of her TV and film credits would be as Farrah Fawcett-Majors.



Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors

After a two year hiatus, in 1973 Farrah would star in "The Great American Beauty Contest" co-starring Eleanor Parker, Robert Cummings, JoAnna Cameron, Tracy Reed, Louis Jourdan, Kathrine Baumann, Susan Damante, Patricia Barry, Brett Somers, and Larry Wilcox (1973); "Of Men and Women" co-starring Ivy Bethune, Stephen Boyd, Barbara Feldon, and John David Carson (TV 1973); "The Girl with Something Extra" starring Sally Field, John Davidson and Zohra Lampert (1973); "The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped" co-starring Karen Valentine, Richard Long, Tom Bosley, Dave Madden, Louise Sorel, and Shelley Morrison (1974);  "McCloud" starring Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon and Terry Carter (1974); "Marcus Welby, M.D." starring Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo (1974); and "Apple's Way" starring Ronny Cox, Frances Lee McCain, Kristy McNichol, and Vincent Van Patten (1974);



Farrah Fawcett in the early 1970s

In 1974, Farrah began playing the recurring role of Sue Ingham on the TV show "Harry O" co-starring David Janssen, Henry Darrow and Anthony Zerbe.  Although not a regular on the show, Fawcett-Majors played in eight episodes until the show ended in 1976.  It was the closest she had come so far to landing a regular role on a TV show.  While taping this show she also starred in "Murder on Flight 502" co-starring Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Theodore Bikel, Sonny Bono, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Brooke Adams, and Danny Bonaduce (1975).




Also in 1976, she also began appearing in her husband Lee Major's show "The Six Million Dollar Man".  She would appear in four episodes until 1976 when she would get her very own show.  It was also in 1976 that Farrah Fawcett-Majors would star in the sci-fi thriller "Logan's Run" co-starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Richard Jordan (1976).


Farrah Fawcett then

To cap off a busy 1976, Farrah  began playing the role of Jill Munroe in the TV show "Chalie's Angels".  She starred as a sexy detective along with Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett), Kate Jackson (Sabrina Duncan), and David Doyle (John Bosley).   Doyle was not a sexy detective of course, but a liason between the  angels and the unseen Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe).  Farrah would play the role for thirty episodes until 1980 when she decided to leave he show.  She left twice actually.  Once after the first season when she was replaced by Cheryl Ladd (Kris Munroe), then she agreed to return and do a show on occasion until 1980.  So Farrah, and her replacement Cheryl can be seen in some episodes together.  Farrah did not interact much with the later angels that would fill Kate Jackson's spot who was first, Shelley Hack (Tiffany Welles) who then would in turn be replaced by Tanya Roberts (Julie Rogers) after one season.



Farrah Fawcett (Jill Munroe), Kate Jackson (Sabrina Duncan), and Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett) the original "Charlie's Angels"
Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe  in the TV show "Charlie's Angels"

Farrah Fawcett in the late 1970s

During "Charlie's Angels", Farrah would leading film roles in "Somebody Killed Her Husband" co-starring Jeff Bridges, Tammy Grimes, John Glover, Patricia Elliott, and John Wood (1978); "Sunburn" co-starring Charles Grodin, Art Carney, Joan Collins, John Hillerman, and Keenan Wynn (1979); and "Saturn City" co-starring Kirk Douglas and Harvey Keitel (1980);



Farrah Fawcett in 1979
Burt Reynolds (J.J. McClure) and Farrah Fawcett Pamela Glover) in the "The Cannonball Run" 1981

After "Chalie's Angels", Farrah would go on to star in "Murder in Texas" co-starring Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Andy Griffith (TV 1981); and "The Cannonball Run" co-starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise, Jack Elam, Adrienne Barbeau, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Terry Bradshaw, Jamie Farr, Jackie Chan, Bert Convy, and Peter Fonda (1981); 



Farrah Fawcett in 1981

In 1983, Fawcett proved that it was not just beauty that won her fame as she received critical acclaim for her role in the off-Broadway stage production of the play "Extremities" where a woman turns the tables on a rapist. She replaced Susan Sarandon in the role.  Fawcett would later go on to reprised the role in a movie based on the production.


Farrah Fawcett in 1984

More leading roles would come Farrah's way such as "The Red-Light Sting" co-starring Beau Bridges, Harold Gould, and Katherine Cannon (1984); "The Burning Bed" Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie, and Penelope Milford (1984); "Between Two Women" co-starring Colleen Dewhurst, Bridgette Andersen, and Michael Nouri (1986); "Extremities" co-starring James Russo, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid, and Sandy Martin (1986); "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story" co-starring Tom Conti and Geraldine Page (1986); and "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" co-starring David Ackroyd, Stéphane Audran, and Anne Francis (1987); 



Farrah Fawcett

Farrah would continue would also star in "See You in the Morning" co-starring Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, David Dukes, and Linda Lavin (1989); "Margaret Bourke-White" co-starring Frederic Forrest and David Huddleston (1989); and "Small Sacrifices" co-starring Ryan O'Neal and Gordon Clapp (1989);

In 1991, Farrah would land another leading recurring role as Gayle Roberts in the series "Good Sports" co-starring Ryan O'Neal and Lane Smith.  The show would only last for one season.  Farrah would go on to star in "Criminal Behavior" co-starring A Martinez and Dakin Matthews (1992); "The Substitute Wife" co-starring Lea Thompson and Peter Weller (1994); "Children of the Dust" co-starring Michael Moriarty, Joanna Going, Regina Taylor, Billy Wirth, Shirley Knight, and Robert Guillaume (1995); "Man of the House" co-starring Chevy Chase, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and George Wendt (1995); and "Dalva" co-starring Carroll Baker, Powers Boothe, and Laurel Holloman (1996).

Farrah, while previously in her carreer refused to appear nude and take offers to do nude photo shoots, she appeared partially nude in a December 1995 issue of Playboy which became a best seller.  She appeared again in the magazine two years later at the age of 50, which also became a best selling issue.



Farrah Fawcett on the cover of Playboy Magazine 1978
Farrah Fawcett 1978

In 1997 Robert Duval wrote, directed, and starred "The Apostle".  He chose Farrah to play his opposite as Jessie Dewey a role for which she was nominated for a Independent Spirit Award as best supporting female actress.  Duval would go on to win an Oscar.  The film also starred Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, and Miranda Richardson.

Farrah continued and starred in "The Lovemaster" co-starring George Wendt, Craig Shoemaker, Kyle Thomas, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Gina Garcia (1997);  she would lend her voice talents to "The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars" in the character of "Faucet" (1998); "Silk Hope" starring Brad Johnson, Ashley Crow, Peggy McCay, and Diane Delano (1999); and "Ally McBeal" starring Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Vonda Shepard, Peter MacNicol and Jane Krakowski (1999).

In the new millennium, Farrah starred in "Dr T and the Women" co-starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Tara Reid, Shelley Long, Kate Hudson, Janine Turner, Liv Tyler, and Lee Grant (2000); "Baby" co-starring Keith Carradine, Jean Stapleton, Alison Pill, and Paula Malcomson (2000); and "Jewel" co-starring Patrick Bergin, Cicely Tyson, Kristin Booth, Rachel Skarsten (2001).



Farrah Fawcett early 2000s

In 2001 Farrah played the recurring role of Judge Claire Simmons in the series "Spin City" starring Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Michael Boatman, Richard Kind, and Connie Britton.  She landed another recurring role as Mary Gressler on the TV show "The Guardian" from 2002 to 2003.  She co-starred with Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg and Dabney Coleman.  Also in 2003, Fawcett would star in what would be her final lead role in a regular film in "Hollywood Wives: The New Generation" co-starring Melissa Gilbert and Robin Givens.

Farrah's final regular film role would be in "The Cookout" co-starring Quran Pender, Tim Meadows, Jenifer Lewis, Jonathan Silverman, Meagan Good, and Ja Rule (2004).



Farrah Fawcett in 2004
Farrah Fawcett in 2005
Farrah Fawcett in 2006
Farrah Fawcett in 2009
Farrah Fawcett in her documentary "Farrah's Story"

In 2006, Farrah Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer for which she received treatments and had announced that the disease had been defeated.  However, a return visit to the doctor in 2007 revealed that the cancer had spread to her liver. She would star in the last role of her life as herself in the self made documentary "Farrah's Story".  The film that would record her battle with cancer.  She battled the disease for two more years.  Fawcett died June 25, 2009, in a Santa Monica, California hospital. We will miss her dearly, but she will live on forever in the legacy of film and TV shows that she left behind.







3 comments:

  1. A wonderful lady who will be even more loved as time goes by.

    George Vreeland Hill

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  2. she was our teendream we always will love her memory

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  3. Iconic memories like hers are meant to last a lifetime

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