RIP Farrah Fawcett (1947 – 2009)

The actress Farrah Fawcett died yesterday aged 62 following a two-year battle with liver cancer. Fawcett was first diagonsed with a rare form of anal cancer in 2006, but three months after being declared free of the disease in 2007 she was told that it had spread to her liver.


Fawcett is best known for her role as the beautiful crime-fighting heroine Jill Munroe in Aaron Spelling’s Charlie’s Angels, launched in 1976. The programme, featuring three female detectives, was so popular that it reportedly attracted 59 per cent of the viewing public at that time.

Perhaps her most memorable broadcast was the video diary she left behind, bravely chronicling her battle with cancer. In May 2009 the two-hour documentary, titled Farrah’s Story, was viewed by an audience of nine-million people on NBC in America. Speaking about the programme she said she was fulfilling:

…a certain responsibility to those who are fighting their own fights and may be able to benefit from learning about mine