Farrah Fawcett in a skintight red bikini flashing her gorgeous smile. This sounds like a recipe for a great photograph, and in 1976, it proved to be true. The photographs were taken by Bruce McBroom at her house one summer day in 1976.
“She was amazingly beautiful and sweet, and it’s not fair that things like this happen to good people,” said McBroom about Fawcett. “I think she will be remembered as this wonderful, wholesome all-American girl that’s on the poster.”
Bruce McBroom graduated from the Photography Department of the Los Angeles Trade Tech College, and worked as an apprentice to Sid Avery in Hollywood. He was also a photographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. As a freelance photographer, he covered the Rock & Roll scene. In the 1960s he photographed The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and The Doors.
During his career he also worked for several major motion picture studios. His many film projects included The Godfather II, 10, E.T., 48 Hours, Twins, The Hunt for Red October, City Slickers, In the Line of Fire and Coming to America. His most famous work is the famous shot of Farrah Fawcett in a red swimsuit – the biggest selling poster of all time.