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Actress Farrah Fawcett dies at 62Yes, I had the poster.It was the first Farrah poster in the dorm, but it certainly would not be the last.

Many posters would follow.

Until they did, however, I had a steady stream of freshmen, some of whom I had never seen before, passing through my room.

They just stared at the space above my bed, their eyes transfixed on a dazzling smile and a revealing red bathing suit.Years later, I would be reminded of that poster as I sat in bed next to Farrah.Perhaps I should explain.

In the mid-'80s, the actress was promoting one of her TV movies, and only two interviews were granted � "Entertainment Tonight" and me.Because it wasn't a full-blown media junket, the network had reserved a small suite in a trendy hotel on the Sunset Strip.

When I arrived, I was told to wait in the bedroom while Farrah answered questions from an "Entertainment Tonight" reporter in the living room.A publicist said to wait until the TV interview was completed, and the crew had packed up and gone.

Then, they would summon me from the bedroom, and I would conduct my interview in the living room.I sat on the edge of the bed and waited.

Suddenly, the door burst open and the beautiful woman from the poster was standing in the doorway."I've got to get out of these clothes," she said as she ran toward the bathroom.

"Let me slip into something more comfortable."She was no dummy.

She knew exactly how it sounded.

I could hear her familiar giggle as she closed the door behind her.It seemed like an eternity, but the wait really wasn't long.

The bathroom door opened, and I remember congratulating myself on switching majors from political science to journalism.Farrah Fawcett, the Texas-born beauty who became an iconic sex symbol for an entire generation of young men during the 1970s, was standing in front of me in a tank top and running shorts.

She was barefoot, and her hair tumbled past her shoulders.

She closed the door to the living room, leaving a stunned publicist on the other side, and leapt onto the bed."Do you mind if we do this in bed?"I made a point of remembering that line exactly as it was spoken.

I wanted to be able to repeat it accurately as many times as I could.

I never dreamed I would recount the story again after Farrah's death at 62.I don't remember the questions or the answers from that interview, but I do remember that I liked her.She was friendly and open, which is all a celebrity interviewer can hope for, but she was friendly and open in a tank top and running shorts, which made it a memorable interview.By the time of the interview, in the early 1980s, the actress had long since left "Charlie's Angels," the TV show that turned her into a household name, and began appearing in more serious fare.

She was nominated for three Emmys during that period, although her film career never reached the same level of success.She shocked a lot of people later when she posed for Playboy at an age normally reserved for women with daughters who pose for Playboy, but it probably was predictable for a fearless, but playful show business personality like Fawcett.That same fearlessness was evident when she allowed her battle with cancer to be filmed as part of a recent documentary.

Many will remember her courage from that documentary, but if it's all right with you, I will try to remember a different Farrah Fawcett.The poster is long gone, but the memory of that interview will remain forever.

With your permission, I would like to say it one last time: "Do you mind if we do this in bed?"
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