How 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.
June 26th, 2009 at 7:10 am · Link
Beautifully written and a nice tribute.
June 26th, 2009 at 7:35 am · Link
I’ll second that *appletini lifted*
June 26th, 2009 at 8:49 am · Link
I agree with Dru, very well written.
June 26th, 2009 at 10:22 am · Link
Dru, thank you. I only had a few minutes to write it last night.
June 26th, 2009 at 10:23 am · Link
Ban, thanks. At least we have a good excuse for appletinis in the morning
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!
June 26th, 2009 at 11:56 am · Link
To Farrah lifts glass to toast
June 26th, 2009 at 1:02 pm · Link
Erika, lifting my glass with you
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.
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.
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.