With her longtime on-again, off-again partner Ryan O’Neal by her side, Farrah Fawcett succumbed to her battle with cancer at St. John’s Hospital at 9:28 this morning. Despite being under the constant eye of tabloids these last few months, Fawcett didn’t shy away from the public, making herself the subject of a recent and widely well reviewed documentary about her illness, Farrah’s Story. We spoke with columnist Anne Taylor Fleming, who in the June issue of Los Angeles magazine wrote about Fawcett’s career and how the actress reflects our obsession with fame.
“It’s incredibly sad,” said Fleming. “She put up a hard fight to the cancer, and she was not shy about sharing that: This is what chemo looks like. That too reiterated that angel-like quality that we attribute to her. People felt there was a genuine innocence and loveliness about her that Hollywood did not corrode,” said Fleming, “nor did a long relationship with clearly a troubled man. She remains in people’s hearts and fantasies that luscious poster girl from the ’70s.”
Read Fleming’s column, Fallen Angel.
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