Farrah Fawcett's Biography:
Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress who was known as Farrah.
A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Farrah rose to international fame in 1976 due in part to her role as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels.
Farrah went on to become a critically acclaimed actress, appearing off-Broadway and in highly rated television movies in roles often challenging (The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White) and sometimes unsympathetic (Small Sacrifices).
Farrah was also a pop culture figure whose hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s.
Farrah was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and began treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery. Four months later, on her 60th birthday, the Associated Press wire service reported that Farrah was, at that point, cancer free.
Farrah said in a statement, "This is an extraordinarily happy day for me and my family. I hope that my news might offer some level of inspiration to others who unfortunately must continue to fight the disease."
Less than four months later, in May 2007, Farrah brought a small digital video camera to document a doctor's office visit.
There, she was told a malignant polyp was found in the area where she had been treated for the initial cancer. Doctors contemplated whether to implant a radiation seeder (which differs from conventional radiation and is used to treat other types of cancer).
Farrah Fawcett's U.S. doctors told her that she would require a colostomy. Instead, Farrah traveled to Germany for treatments described variously in the press as "holistic", "aggressive", and "alternative".
There, Dr. Ursula Jacob prescribed a treatment including surgery to remove the anal tumor, and a course of perfusion and embolization for her liver cancer by Doctors Claus Kiehling and Thomas Vogl in Germany, and chemotherapy back in Farrah's home town of Los Angeles.
Although initially the tumors were regressing, their reappearance a few months later necessitated a new course, this time including laser ablation therapy and chemoembolization. Aided by friend Alana Stewart, Farrah documented the highs and lows of her battle with the disease.
In early April 2009, Farrah, back in the U.S., was rushed to a hospital, reportedly unconscious and in critical condition.
Subsequent reports, however, indicated that the severity of her condition was not as dire as first reported.
On April 6, the Associated Press reported that her cancer had metastasized to her liver. Farrah had learned of this development in May 2007 and her subsequent treatments in Germany had targeted this as well.
The report denied that she was unconscious, and explained that the reason for Farrah's hospitalization was not her cancer but a painful abdominal hematoma that had been the result of a minor procedure, according to the Los Angeles cancer specialist treating Farrah, Dr. Lawrence Piro.
Her spokesperson emphasized she was not "at death's door", adding "She remains in good spirits with her usual sense of humor ... She's been in great shape her whole life and has an incredible resolve and an incredible resilience."
Three days later, on April 9, Farrah was released from the hospital, picked up by longtime companion O'Neal, and, according to her doctor, was "walking and in great spirits and looking forward to celebrating Easter at home."
A month later, on May 7, Farrah was reported as being critically ill, with Ryan O'Neal quoted as saying that she now spends her days at home, on an IV, often asleep.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Farrah was in the last stages of her cancer and had the chance to see her son Redmond in April 2009 under supervision, as he was then incarcerated. Her 91-year-old father James was flown out to visit with his ailing daughter.
Her doctor, Lawrence Piro, and Farrah's friend and Angels co-star Kate Jackson—a breast cancer survivor—appeared together on The Today Show dispelling tabloid-fueled rumors, including the suggestions that Fawcett had ever been in a coma, had ever reached 86 pounds, and had ever given up her fight against the disease or lost the will to live. Jackson decried such demoralizing fabrications, saying they "really do hurt a human being and a person like Farrah".
Piro recalled when it became necessary for Farrah to undergo treatments that would cause her to lose her hair, acknowledging that "Farrah probably has the most famous hair in the world," but acknowledged that it is not a trivial matter for any cancer patient, whose hair "affects (one's) whole sense of who (they) are".
Of the documentary, Jackson averred that Farrah "didn't do this to show that she is unique, she did it to show that we are all unique... (T)his was...meant to be a gift to others to help and inspire them."
The two-hour documentary Farrah's Story, which was filmed by Fawcett and friend Alana Stewart, aired on NBC on May 15, 2009.
The documentary was watched by nearly 9 million people in its premiere airing and it was re-aired on the broadcast network's cable stations MSNBC, Bravo and Oxygen.
The two-hour documentary Farrah's Story, which was filmed by Farrah and friend Alana Stewart, aired on NBC on May 15, 2009. The documentary was watched by nearly 9 million people in its premiere airing and it was re-aired on the broadcast network's cable stations MSNBC, Bravo and Oxygen.
Farrah died at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 25, 2009, in the intensive care unit of Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with O'Neal and Stewart by her side.
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