Jennifer Lyon

Friday, June 26th, 2009
In Memory of Farrah…

farrah-fawcettHow shocking was yesterday? Both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson dying.  We all expected Farrah’s passing, but I sure didn’t expect Michael.

I’d like to talk about Farrah.  I first saw her on that brand new show, CHARLIE’S ANGLES when I was fourteen. My dad had just died, we moved to a new state and my mom wasn’t doing well coping with the loss. Most of the time I was alone.  My two brothers and my sister were adults with lives of their own. I distinctly remember watching that show,  and how Farrah Fawcett fascinated me, both her character on the show, and the woman fighting to succeed in a male controlled career (and world) . The show was ground-breaking with it’s female leads as strong characters. Sure, now the show is kind of silly, but at the time, it was truly was ground -breaking.

Then after the first season that catapulted Farrah to massive success, she quit the show. Again, shocking. But that was Farrah’s decision and she stood by it, fighting for her beliefs. She continued that kind of courage right through her entire life, from the movies she chose to her final battle with cancer.

Farrah Fawcett gave me hope in a time when my life was very dark. She showed me that a woman could be strong and fight for what she believed in. That was a powerful message for a fourteen year old girl dealing with grief, loneliness and the usual teenage self image issues.

So for me,  I’d like to lift up an appletini to Farrah Fawcett:  To A live Well Lived. May You Rest In Peace.

11 comments to “In Memory of Farrah…”

  1. Dru
    June 26th, 2009 at 7:10 am · Link

    Beautifully written and a nice tribute.

  2. ban
    June 26th, 2009 at 7:35 am · Link

    I’ll second that *appletini lifted*

  3. Kira Daniels
    June 26th, 2009 at 8:49 am · Link

    I agree with Dru, very well written.

  4. Jen Lyon
    June 26th, 2009 at 10:22 am · Link

    Dru, thank you. I only had a few minutes to write it last night.

  5. Jen Lyon
    June 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am · Link

    Ban, thanks. At least we have a good excuse for appletinis in the morning :-)

  6. Jen Lyon
    June 26th, 2009 at 10:24 am · Link

    Kira, that’s nice of you to say. I had to do it quickly, but still…thanks!

  7. Erika
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:56 am · Link

    To Farrah lifts glass to toast

  8. Jen Lyon
    June 26th, 2009 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Erika, lifting my glass with you :-)

  9. Silver James
    June 26th, 2009 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Hear, hear! Nicely done, Jen. Farrah (and all the Angels) showed an entire generation of young women that beautiful women could be intelligent and brave and that beauty was defined in so many different ways. *raises glass* To you, Farrah. Thank you! May you find peace and love on this next journey.

  10. Jen Lyon
    June 26th, 2009 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Silver, well said, all three of the original Angels did that. And it’s ironic that they all three fought cancer (I believe thte other two had breast cancer).

    Lovely sentiment about Farrah’s next journey.

  11. Margaret A. Golla
    June 27th, 2009 at 8:45 am · Link

    Beautiful tribute, ladies.
    We lost two shining stars. The world is less bright since their lights were extinguished.

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