"Farrah Fawcett, Executive Producer" flashes on the TV screen in one of the closing shots of "Farrah's Story," which aired Friday night on NBC. That credit may result in earning Farrah Fawcett an industry honor that's eluded her so far — an Emmy Award — thanks to how powerfully and expertly the brave TV special tells the tragic tale of her struggle with cancer.
Farrah Fawcett hasn't won an Emmy for acting in television series like "Charlie's Angels" or critically hailed TV movies like "The Burning Bed," but "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.
Fawcett received her first Emmy bid for dramatizing the horrors of domestic violence in "The Burning Bed" (1984), a role she cites — along with "Extremities" (1986), in which she battles a rapist — as the favorites of her career when asked by hospital workers during a scene in "Farrah's Story."
She lost that Emmy race to Oscar champ Joanne Woodward for "Do You Remember Love," but TV critics were wowed by her serious acting chops. That was a key milestone in her career. Next, in 1989, she starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in the miniseries "Small Sacrifices." For her work as a murderous mother, she picked up a second Emmy nod, losing to Barbara Hershey for "A Killing in a Small Town."
In the first half of this decade, Fawcett appeared in multiple episodes of both "Spin City" and "The Guardian," earning her third Emmy nomination for her acclaimed turn on the latter in 2003. She lost that race to Emmy darling Alfre Woodard, who played a defendant on "The Practice."
Farrah Fawcett has also been nominated for six Golden Globes and one Independent Spirit Award ("The Apostle," 1997), but the only major showbiz prize she's won so far is a People's Choice Award for "Charlie's Angels" (1977).