WHY

I remember begging my parents to let me stay up and watch Charlie’s Angels. My sister and I would watch Farrah track down and catch the bad guys. My admiration grew as Fawcett grew as an artist. Although I didn’t collect memorabilia or take an overzealous interest in her personal life, I always made a discerned effort to either tape or view whatever project it was she had completed. A favorite is Between two Women. I think Fawcett is a formidable actor/actress and gives all of herself to really create a “true,” person. That, I think, is the highest compliment an actor can be paid. Like most artists, they are seldom appreciated during their life time. Fawcett had to overcome the obstacle of being an object to becoming a recognizable talent.

June 29, 2009 PM

Tomorrow is Farrah’s funeral. A sentence I was hoping I wouldn’t ever have to write or consider. I have admired her since I was ten years old and she debuted on Charlie’s Angels. What an impact Fawcett had on so many. She wasn’t just a Texas beauty with the thousand watt smile, she was this athletic, strong and independent woman who strived to seek out and achieve what she determined was what she wanted. She went on to prove herself as an actress, garnered six Golden Globe Nominations and multiple Emmy nominations. She was a mother and artist and, more importantly a friend to those she knew and loved. She surpassed what was expected and predicated for her. Forever remembered as the girl in the red swim suit, the former’s Charlie’s Angels star was so much more. As Ryan O’Neal said to Meredith Vieira, “You loved her for all the right reasons.” She was and is an ICON of the seventies. But her career spanned four decades. She was twenty-nine years old (old in Hollywood standards today) when the unblinking eye of a camera catapulted her to stardom before there was internet or cell phones or even VCRs. She had the kind of media blitz unparalleled by even today’s standards. She was an American beauty with a name as original and beautiful as she was. So, as she is laid to rest, remember her fight, the awareness she brought towards Anal Cancer, the removal of the stigma attached to it, and the frailty of life. Farrah said it best in several ways, first her greatest desire was simply to go on living and second, “What are you fighting for?”

Steve McKinnis