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Farrah was more than a beauty Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 9:00 AM by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper Filed Under: CelebritiesTwo things will stay in my memory about the sad loss of Farrah Fawcett.

One is the image of her grown son, Redmond O'Neal, fresh from jail, crawling into bed with his dying mom, as shown on the touching documentary "Farrah's Story." And the other is simply a line from an article published when her illness returned, where Ryan O'Neal reported that her famous hair was gone.Courtesy Everett CollectionYou didn't have to have a million-selling poster to relate to Farrah's struggle.Those two items remind us that Farrah was more than a poster.

She was a mom, and although Redmond's troubles with drugs and the law are well-known, she was a mom who loved her son and surely tried to do the best by him.And the loss of her hair ...

as anyone who's had or loved someone with cancer knows, few things make you feel as naked as that one loss.

Women, especially, set so much store by our hair.

O'Neal said that the loss was especially hard for Farrah, because�she probably had the most famous hair in the world.

I thought about that statement and tried to think of anyone with more famous hair ...

Don King? Jennifer Aniston? The biblical Samson? No, Farrah's hair probably wins.

Thinking of her without those famed feathers is sobering, because for all her fame, she was one of us.Even if you never saw a single role of Fawcett's, if you were alive in the 1970s and 1980s, your life was influenced by her.

Just pick up a high-school yearbook and see how many of your friends wore the Farrah 'do.

No one could do it as well as the original.Farrah's most remembered for her one season on "Charlie's Angels," but she later fought back against being considered just a pretty face.

Her work in "The Burning Bed" and "Extremities" were all the more stunning because of her�looks -- we didn't expect to see that beauty playing a serious role, and doing it well.�For me, the most memorable�Fawcett role is her portrayal of Diane Downs in the movie based on Ann Rule's "Small Sacrifices." Downs murdered one of her children and paralyzed another, and Fawcett somehow dived into that horrible crime and made�Downs a three-dimensional person.

Unnerving and unforgivable, but three-dimensional.I was one of the millions who sat rapt on my couch to watch "Farrah's Story," the documentary about her cancer battle.

Her time in hospitals was a jolting reminder for all of us of our own individual losses and struggles, the times we've spent in those same generic hospital rooms with those same wall-mounted TVs, wearing plastic bracelets and drinking water out of styrofoam cups.

The show reminded us of how we take our own health and that of our family for granted until the ball drops and there we are, back in those antiseptic-smelling hallways waiting for doctors to tell us news that could either lift us up or smash our hearts.You didn't have to have a hit television show or a world-famous hairdo or a zillion-selling poster to relate to Farrah's struggle.

In her life she entertained us, and in her death, she reminded us of what's really important.

Carl Sandburg once wrote, "Death sends a radiogram every day: When I want you I'll drop in -- and then one day he comes with a master-key and lets himself in and says: We'll go now." No one can lock death out, not even an Angel.

EMAIL THISComments What a shame.

BillM (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:00 PM) My prayers are with her family.

�God Bless them.

� Sheila, Jackson, Ms (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:02 PM) this is so sad, she was a beauty within and will be missed by all.

ryan my deepest sympathy goes to you and your son through this very difficult time Gloria, San Clemente, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:02 PM) Farrah was a beautiful person....

Marti Shannon (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:03 PM) She fought the good fight...

and now she's a true angel.

� Q MacKenzie, NY, NY (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:03 PM) Wow!! My heart goes out to the family.

Our prayers are with all of you.

We love you Farrah!!! Debbie Hoffman Estates,Illinois (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:04 PM) Thanks for posting this.

�She will be missed.

Ed Collins, Placentia, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:05 PM) My dad had that famous poster in his workroom in our basement forever.

Even after my dad passed away my mom kept that poster up on the door.

�I liked her character in Charlie's Angels, it was fun to watch and that's what it was supposed to be, but when I saw her in the burning bed, I sat and cried at the end of that movie.

She really did prove that she was more than a beautiful face and gorgeous hair.

�It is a shame she is gone, but her story showed although as brave as she was she was suffering.

�My sympathies go to all who were close to and loved her.

fondly remembering Farrah (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:06 PM) I nerver heard that saying from Carl Sandburg till right now...that moved me.

I'm going to remember that and remind myself how time waits for no one.

Enjoy your life everyday...cause you never do know when the master key is going to be used to open that "door" Nancy Maywood NJ (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:06 PM) Beautifully written column.

Mel_T (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:06 PM) What a beautiful, couragous lady Farrah was.

�I believe she's in a much better place now.

dede white (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:07 PM) Farrah has passed away, I find it kind of fitting that it's on the 20th anniversary of my mother's passing ..

heaven was missing an angel, and now she (like my mother) has been returned.

God bless her family in their time of grief.

Debbie Dorman, Arlington Texas (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:08 PM) God Bless you and all those who loved you, Sweet Angel.

You are now God's Angel, so be a peace and free from pain.

Your loved ones will go on and see you again in God's good time.

Bless you and keep those who loved you.

He will hold them close and comfort them all the days of their lives.

Ask Our Mother Mary to cradle them and embrace them, as you would do for them.

Peace dear lady.

Maureen -Glendale, Az (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:09 PM) She was special.

�The moment I first saw her I knew I'd created a permanent memory.

�The realization that she had depth as well came later.

Kay Dyer, Denver, Colorado (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:09 PM) Forever to be missed.

bill stephenson (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:09 PM) Absolutely one of the most loved women in the world.

�We are blessed to have been touched by her spirit, her smile and her beauty (inside and out).

�My sincere sympathy to her friends and family.

Margie Kirk, Decatur, IL.

(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:09 PM) Farrah We believe that a person lives on as long as they are will always live on charles bernstein Bensalem PA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:10 PM) An Absolute Angel.

You will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as the adjust to your new wings.

Have a safe trip to the gates Farrah.

Shane, Tampa Fl (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:11 PM) God speed Farrah...............

wayne godare (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:11 PM) I may be sad, however, my husband will be thrilled to see her come through the gates of heaven! Vikki, Cedar Rapids, IA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) My deepest sympathy to all family and close friends.

She will be greatly missed.

I feel the loss too.

Beverly (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) Farrah was a lovely lady.

We will keep her in our prayers.

Nayda, Lajas, Puerto Rico (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) I am so very saddened by the loss of this beautiful, inside and out, woman.

�Farrah, say hi to my sister Kathy.

�I lost her a few months ago.

�Your family will miss you as well as all of your adoring fans.

�I will keep a special prayer for you and yours.

Jan, Tucson, Az.

(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) Farrah R.I.P.

you were truley a Beauty!!! Jacqueline Birmingham (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) She was a very strong and beautiful lady that will be missed by all, but never forgotten.

sue oakley, Mt.

Airy, N.C.

(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:12 PM) What a woman! �She was very brave to share her illness with the world.

�May she rest in peace.

�What a great loss for all of us! �Pat Pat Del, LA, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:13 PM) Beautiful inside and out, the woman and her "Farrah's Story" will stay with me for a long, long time.

May she rest in peace, and may her last gift to the public inspire her son Redmond that he can fight and win his drug battle.

He does have his mother's genes after all.

Michele A (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:14 PM) I grew up with Farrah and followed her closely.

�SHe has been in my prayers for some time and will always be in my prayers.

�I hope her Father made it before she passed.

�Margarita Margarita, Lake Elsinore, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:14 PM) Bless her heart and soul.

WE should all pray for her family.

She was famous but she also was a real person who loved.

I hope that she will find peace and without having pain.

God Bless to all..

Karen (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:14 PM) Ryan, may God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow, remember she's in the loving and tender arms of Jesus where she will have no more pain.

�From your other family.

Entzy Emilcar,Tampa,Fl Entzy Emilcar (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:14 PM) Iam sorry to hear about farrah passing i like a lot of her fan.s love her and will miss her all my love to her family and fan,s love alway carl w.

waugh carl waugh follansbee wv.

(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) she has touched me with her story about cancer..well done angel,may you rest in peace! lisa buffalo ny (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) I am so saddened by the loss of our "angel" Farrah.

�I loved her as did all the world.

�God Speed Farrah, �my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

Barb (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) My prayer are with all you loved her.

God Bless you all.


Karen Lee Reese, Epsom NH (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) Rest in Peace Farrah! You will ALWAYS be a ANGEL in our hearts! Jen Ryan (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) Prayers to Farrah's family, Ryan and Redmond., Emily Oceanside, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) I am fighting cancer myself, i can only pray i am as brave as farrah was.

�we have lost a beautiful human being.

�Go in peace Farrah.

Linda Orzechowski,Monaca.


(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:15 PM) Ryan we are sorry to hear .

she did fight a good battle.

we will yhave your family in our prayers Nida Ronk Fort Myes, Fla (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM) Rest in peace Farrah,You will be missed greatly.

Rday St.

T homas, US Virgin Island (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM) I remember watching Charlie's Angels as a kid.

�Loved her in Extremeties and The Burning Bed; powerful performances.

�God bless Farrah and her family.

Carla (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM) I can't believe how saddened I am by this.

�Maybe it's because she's the first superstar I watched from beginning to end.

�My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Joe, Brentwood, CA (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM)Those of us who have had cancer too and are now Relaying for Life for cancer research truly are sorrowed by your passing your brave fight was an inspiration to many still fighting...You will be missed and We Rely for people like you...the fighters..

Kay Bolen (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM) Her spirit will live on in women over the world who are beautiful from the inside-out, as she was! �She impressed us with her triumph over life, long before there was a threat of death in the form of cancer--she knew how to overcome the temptation of the ego that buries a person's spirit long before they die physically---she truly overcame!!! �Ryan, we are one with you in your loss, but she is with you in her spirit and the love you both shared---that will never die! Janis in Boise, Idaho (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:16 PM) Farrah Fawcett is a person and a name that will be remembered for generation after generation.

�My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

TM Smith, Texas (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:17 PM) My heart is heavy.

Cancer is such a horrible disease to battle.

�My thoughts and prayers are with Her family.

Susan S.

Saratoga Springs, NY (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:17 PM) This is very sad Farrah was a very special person inside and out.

�I feel sorry for her son and Ryan Ann, Boca Raton Florida (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:17 PM) I feel so sad, my heart and prayers as well as sympathy for the family.

Farrah you will be missed!! Ruth L.

Robinson (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:17 PM) Farrah fought a brave, brave fight.

�My thoughts and prayers go out to her son his father.

�Now is the time for them to be extra brave in her memory.

�She will be remembered for a very long time.

Pamela Harms, St.

Louis, Mo.

(Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:17 PM) That was a beautiful article, very well written.

Farrah will be missed.

She was an icon of beauty and brains.

I pray her son will take on the baton of fighting the good fight and leave the temptations behind.

Blessings to the whole family.

Now she really IS with the angels.

jennifer Franc Atlanta, Ga (Sent Thursday, June 25, 2009 1:18 PM) She fought a good fight.

My prayers are with her family and friends who will miss her dearly.

What a beautiful women she was.

May God be waiting at the gates to welcome a new angel.

Kathy Carneal Winter Park, Fl.

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