Thursday, June 25, 2009
Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009
I never was that impressed with Farrah when she was a Charlie's Angel. In fact, I was always slightly irritated with her because her poster was in my ex-husband's room when we were first dating. From then on, she represented an ideal that I could never aspire to.
Then I saw Extremities and later on television The Burning Bed. And I began to admire her - not for her acting skill, but her bravery in taking on risk-taking roles and her determination to push the stereotypes out of the way. I was more than irritated when I read her obit in the New York Times today that kept mentioning that, as far as they were concerned, she was unsuccessful in overcoming the sex symbol stereotype. Excuse me. The aforesaid movies, along with her other roles, like in The Apostle, helped earn her a reputation as a serious and talented actress.
The documentary that she made in the last years of her life was another testimony of her character. I could barely watch the scene in which she sat with her doctors as they told her there was no hope. She managed to hold it together, but the devastation in the room was more than evident.
She took risks. She never gave up. And for that I will always view her as a success.