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American Icon: Remembering Farrah Fawcett

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com June 25, 2009 at 8:9AM

Forever known as the feather-haired ass-kicking Jill Munroe of "Charlie's Angels," Farrah Fawcett has lost her battle with cancer today at the age of 62. How the Internet remembers her:
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Forever known as the feather-haired ass-kicking Jill Munroe of "Charlie's Angels," Farrah Fawcett has lost her battle with cancer today at the age of 62. How the Internet remembers her:

CNN has collected a number of quotes from her family and friends. In a statement to the press, long-time partner Ryan O'Neal says, "After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away. Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world." Tori Spelling remembers, "Farrah was an inspiration to all and had the most amazing spirit. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, and funniest women of I've had the privilege of knowing and I'm proud to have called her a friend." Mourning the loss of his ex-wife's best friend, George Hamilton joined his voice in mourning, "She was the strongest woman I ever met who fought this battle for three years to the end. She never felt sorry for herself, and was the sweetest and kindest lady. I will miss her."

The New York Times obituary calls her a "an actress and television star whose good looks and signature flowing hairstyle influenced a generation of women and, beginning with a celebrated pinup poster, bewitched a generation of men." In the LA Times obituary, Professor Bob Thompson is quoted as saying that her pinup poster "became one of the defining images of the 1970s."

Two bloggers have gone into the YouTube archives and placed the spotlight on some of Farrah's forgotten roles. Spout Blog's Karina Longworth gives a retrospective of Ms. Fawcett's finer forays into camp. Movieline's S.T. Vanairsdale looks back at Farrah's earliest TV moments. Finally, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who directed Fawcett in The Burning Bed, responds to the news at Huffington Post saying, "Her contribution with "The Burning Bed" served to not only to help change laws around the country, but inspired other actress's to 'find their burning bed.'"