Actress, spokesmodel Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

6/25/2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Farrah Fawcett, a sex-symbol of the 1970s, who is perhaps most remembered for her role on "Charlie's Angels" and for her golden locks that brought women into hair salons to emulate her style, died on Thursday of cancer. She was 62.

The blonde bombshell, whose posters graced the walls of many adolescent boys everywhere, became a breakout star of the detective series "Charlie's Angels," but her experience also included modeling for several consumer packaged goods brands, such as Ultra Brite toothpaste and Wella Balsam.

In the 1980s, Fawcett began tackling more serious roles and starred in several made-for-TV movies, such as "The Burning Bed," "Extremities" and "Small Sacrifices."

In 2006, she was diagnosed with anal cancer, and her struggles and setbacks were recorded in the television documentary "Farrah's Story." In the documentary, she is seen shaving off most of her trademark tendrils before chemotherapy could strip her of them.

This month, the father of her son and longtime companion, actor Ryan O'Neal, said he asked Fawcett to marry him. The two had agreed they would marry as soon as she could say yes.

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