Farrah Fawcett, born Ferrah Leni Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an actress and artist. She was a 1965 graduate of W. B. Ray High School, in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was voted “Most Beautiful” for every year she attended.
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Fawcett moved to Hollywood in 1968 and got her start acting in commercials. She soon began making guest appearances on television shows, including The Flying Nun, I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family, and The Six Million Dollar Man.
In 1976, a poster company approached Fawcett’s agent, and the resulting image of the beauty in a red swimsuit ended up becoming the best-selling poster in history. That same year, she was cast in two high-profile projects: the film Logan’s Run and the made-for-TV movie Charlie’s Angels. The latter was picked up as a series, and Fawcett reprised her role as Jill Munroe for its first season, which boosted her popularity even more.
She went on to act in a diverse group of projects, including The Cannonball Run (1981), the Off-Broadway play Extremities (1983), the TV film The Burning Bed (1984), the miniseries Small Sacrifices (1989), The Apostle (1997), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).
The four-time Emmy nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee also returned to television appearances, guest-starring on shows including Ally McBeal, Spin City, and The Guardian. Her final on-screen appearance was in the 2009 documentary Farrah’s Story, which chronicled her battle with cancer, and for which she was posthumously given an Emmy nomination for her role as producer.