August 5, 2011

Touched by an Angel!

by Matt Stevens

Who is that fresh-faced, feathered-hair beauty? As a latchkey kid in the ’70s, raised on a steady diet of TV, I sat up in my beanbag chair every time Farrah Fawcett appeared onscreen. Somehow she made the glow of our Zenith glow even brighter.

I didn’t know her name yet but recognized her perfect sun-streaked hair and dazzling white smile. No wonder the Texas-raised model/actress easily landed roles in commercials, including Lady Schick and Ultra Brite, and guest-starred on such series as The Partridge Family, I Dream of Jeannie, and husband Lee Majors’ hit The Six Million Dollar Man.

In 1976, Farrah posed for a pinup at her Hollywood Hills home. She chose a red one-piece swimsuit and did her own hair and makeup, while the photographer improvised a backdrop with a striped blanket he kept in his truck. The iconic poster — perfectly reproduced by the new Farrah Fawcett doll — exploded onto the pop-culture scene, shattered sales records (a still-unequaled 12 million copies), and captivated countless fans, including me.

I gave Farrah’s poster a place of honor on my bedroom wall, alongside my blacklight posters, beaded curtain, and fishing net draped from the ceiling. That same year, Charlie’s Angels debuted to huge ratings, and as Farrah’s popularity soared, I created a pseudo shrine by plastering more posters, magazine covers, and articles. My collection expanded to include Farrah T-shirts, Logan’s Run merchandise (with Farrah as Holly), and even a 45 rpm record of the Charlie’s Angels theme.

No, my home today isn’t decked out in far-out furnishings; my tastes have evolved (somewhat) beyond shag carpeting and lava lamps. Still, I’ve kept all my Farrah memorabilia from the ’70s. Because regardless of the decade, I’ll always have enormous affection for that lovely Angel who lit up the world — and fluttered millions of hearts—with her megawatt smile.

What’s your favorite Farrah Fawcett role or photo? Share your thoughts below!

Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team.

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