Farrah Fawcett details her fight against cancer in the documentary "Farrah's Story" that is to air Friday night on NBC. Last night, the two-hour special screened at the Paley Center in L.A. with her long-time love Ryan O'Neal introducing the event. Among the most gripping of scenes were those depicting the loss of Fawcett's famous tresses to the effects of chemotherapy.
"Farrah's Story" could compete at the Emmy Awards as either outstanding nonfiction special or for the juried award for exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking. But before being judged by Fawcett's TV peers, it seems that the documentary is to be considered by a court of law.
TMZ is reporting that Fawcett's one-time producing partner Craig Nevius is "suing for a declaration from the court that he has a binding deal to manage the project. He's also suing for damages." The pair worked together on the 2005 TV Land reality series "Chasing Farrah" and Nevius alleges he was pushed out of this project by O'Neal and Fawcett's friend Alana Stewart, who shot much of the footage.
As Stewart told People last week, "It was never meant to be a documentary. Farrah just took her little hand-held camera to the doctor one day." It was on that 2007 doctor's visit that Farrah Fawcett was told her cancer had come back. She had been diagnosed with anal cancer the previous year and thought she had beaten the disease. With conventional treatments no longer working, Fawcett went to Germany to pursue alternative therapies.
Fawcett has been an outspoken advocate for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. She has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of this disease. And by documenting her own struggles, she will make viewers aware of the need for testing and research. She narrates the documentary, which also includes footage of a recent visit from her son, Redmond O'Neal, who has entered a drug court program.