This week, we’re remembering the late Farrah Fawcett on her 72nd birthday. The Hollywood star, who was best known for her role as Jill Munroe on “Charlie’s Angels,” was born on February 2, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In the fall of 1965, Fawcett enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, where she joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority. The following year, a celebrity publicist asked her to go to California to work as a model, according to Biography.com. Within two weeks she landed a modeling contract and never returned to college.
Fawcett went on to become a successful actress on both the big and small screens, earning Emmy Award and six Golden Globe Award nominations. Her film credits include the 1984 TV movie “The Burning Bed” about domestic violence, “Logan’s Run”, “Saturn 3”, “The Cannonball Run”, “The Apostle”, and “Dr. T and the Women.”b
The icon, whose feathered hairstyle was a cultural phenomenon, was featured wearing a tight red swimsuit in a 1972 pinup poster, which sold nearly 12 million copies when it was released.
In 1995, the 48-year-old actress posed topless in Playboy magazine. The issue is one of the most popular in the magazine’s history, reports Biography.com, with more than four million copies sold worldwide.
On July 28, 1973, Fawcett married actor Lee Majors. The two divorced in 1982 and Fawcett began dating actor Ryan O’Neal. Fawcett and O’Neal had one son together, Redmond O’Neal.
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Fawcett died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 62, after battling cancer for nearly three years.