Farrah Fawcett, "whose layered blonde mane and ubiquitous swimsuit poster transformed the once-unknown Charlie's Angels star into a '70s icon," said Larry McShane in the New York Daily News, died on Thursday. The 62-year-old actress had been battling anal cancer since 2006, a "valiant fight for survival" that was recently chronicled in a two-hour TV documentary.
Fawcett "was a Texas-born college dropout who parlayed success as a model" into a "viable acting career," said Alexander Remington in The Washington Post. Although her "radiant sexuality" made her the "breakout star" of Charlie's Angels—a show that inspired the term "Jiggle TV"—Fawcett's most notable "critical acclaim" came from her role as an abused wife in the 1984 TV movie The Burning Bed.
Fawcett's own love life faced many ups and downs, said Donna Freydkin in USA Today. After divorcing Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors in 1979, she moved in with actor Ryan O'Neal. Their relationship was "tumultuous," but although they never married, they "seemed unable to stay apart." O'Neal was by Fawcett's side when she died, and just on Monday had "announced they planned to marry as soon as Fawcett felt strong enough."
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