Thursday, 25 June 2009

Venus Passing: Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009

Agent Triple P was saddened to learn of the death of iconic actress Farrah Fawcett after a long battle with cancer. He is of the generation that knew her as Farrah Fawcett-Majors (as the then wife of Six Million Dollar Man actor Lee Majors) from the first series of pioneering "jiggly" show Charlie's Angels (1976) (see also: Charmed).

Texan born Farrah (actually Ferrah Leni Fawcett) was talent spotted by a Hollywood publicist who urged her to go to Los Angeles. Modelling and TV adverts followed plus some minor parts in TV shows.

Then she posed for a poster in a red swimsuit and her fame was assured, neatly coinciding with her time on Charlie's Angels. In fact she earned more money from the poster than she did for the TV series but it was, at that point, the best selling poster of all time selling somwhere between 5 and 12 million copies.

With her white teeth, long legs and much copied hair she was the mid-seventies personification of the all-American girl.

Later on she posed for Playboy, but not at the beginning of her carreer; she waited until she was 48 and returned at the age of 50 for a literally arty pictorial where she was covered in gold paint.

She was never our favourite Angel (that was Jaclyn Smith) and we felt that there more attractive photographs of her than her famous red swimsuit one but she was an instantly recognisable part of our teenage years and we never missed Charlies Angels.

This is Agent Triple P's favourite shot of her

One thing her Playboy shoot revealed was the secret of her well stretched tops. She had what Agent DVD would refer to as "bullet" nipples. Literally outstanding.

Pretty good for 50!

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