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Farrah Fawcett

Highest Rated:   89% The Apostle (1998)
Lowest Rated:   5% The Cookout (2004)
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Birthplace:   Corpus Christi, Texas
American actress Farrah Fawcett was an art student at the University of Texas before she deduced that she could make more money posing for pictures than painting them. A supermodel before that phrase had fallen into common usage, Fawcett moved from Wella Balsam shampoo ads into acting, making her first film Myra Breckenridge in 1970. She worked in TV bits and full supporting parts, obtaining steady employment in 1974 with a small recurring role on the cop series Harry O, but true stardom was still some two years down the road. In 1976, producer Aaron Spelling cast Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith in a pilot for an adventure series titled Charlie's Angels. The pilot graduated to a series, and the rest was TV history; during her Charlie's Angels tenure Fawcett was the most visible of the three actresses, adorning magazine covers and pin-up posters (including one particularly iconic image), which set sales records. There were even Farrah Fawcett dolls before the first season of Charlie's Angels was over.Now in the hands of high-profile agents and advisors, Fawcett (billed Farrah Fawcett-Majors after her marriage to Lee Majors) decided she'd outgrown Angels and left the series, even though she had another year on her contract. While the studio drew up legal papers to block her move, she was replaced by Cheryl Ladd. Fawcett settled her dispute by agreeing to a set number of guest appearances on the program. Some industry cynics suggested that Fawcett would have problems sustaining her popularity. Certainly such lukewarm film projects as Sunburn (1979), Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978) and Saturn 3 (1980) seemed to bear this theory out. But Fawcett took matters into her own hands and decided to make her own opportunities--and like many other performers who strive to be taken seriously, she chose the most extreme, demanding method of proving her acting mettle. Playing a vengeful rape victim in both the play and 1986 film version of Extremities (an apt title) and making a meal of her role as a battered wife who murders her husband out of self-defense in the TV movie The Burning Bed (1984), Fawcett confounded her detractors and demonstrated she was a more-than-capable actress. Other TV movie appearances of varying quality cast her as everything from a child killer to a Nazi hunter to famed LIFE photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Never as big a name as she was in 1976, Fawcett nonetheless affirmed her reputation as an actress of importance. Her fans were even willing to forgive her misbegotten fling at situation comedy in the 1991 series Good Sports, in which she co-starred with her longtime "significant other" Ryan O'Neal. Fawcett died in 2009 at age 62, following a lengthy and well-publicized battle with cancer.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hollywood Wives: The New Generation
  • Actor
2009
5% The Cookout
  • Mrs. Crowley
$11.6M 2004
No Score Yet Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives: The New Generation
  • Lissa Roman
2003
No Score Yet Jewel
  • Jewel Hillburn
2001
57% Dr. T and the Women
  • Kate Travis
$12.2M 2000
No Score Yet Baby
  • Lily Malone
2000
No Score Yet Silk Hope
  • Frannie Vaughn
1999
No Score Yet The Lovemaster
  • Actor
1999
40% The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
  • Faucet
1998
89% The Apostle
  • Jessie Dewey
1998
No Score Yet The Lovemaster
  • The Date
1997
No Score Yet Dalva
  • Dalva
1996
14% Man of the House
  • Sandra Archer
1995
No Score Yet A Good Day To Die
  • Nora Maxwell
1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust
  • Nora Maxwell
1995
No Score Yet The Substitute Wife
  • Pearl
1994
10% Strictly Business
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Small Sacrifices
  • Diane Downs
1989
44% See You in the Morning
  • Jo Livingstone
1989
No Score Yet Margaret Bourke-White
  • Margaret Bourke-White
1989
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story
  • Barbara Hutton
1987
No Score Yet Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story
  • Beate Klarsfeld
1986
50% Extremities
  • Marjorie
1986
No Score Yet Between Two Women
  • Val Petherton
1986
No Score Yet The Burning Bed
  • Francine Hughes
1984
No Score Yet The Red Light Sting
  • Kathy
1984
No Score Yet Fall Guy
  • Actor
1982
30% The Cannonball Run
  • Pamela Glover
1981
No Score Yet Murder in Texas
  • Joan Robinson Hill
1981
18% Saturn 3
  • Alex
1980
No Score Yet An Almost Perfect Affair
  • Herself (uncredited)
1979
No Score Yet Sunburn
  • Ellie
1979
68% Logan's Run
  • Holly
1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502
  • Actor
1975
29% Myra Breckinridge
  • Mary Ann
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Robin Jones
  • 1999

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