Farrah Fawcett died today at 62, just shy of six weeks since the airing of "Farrah's Story," the documentary that detailed her courageous battle against cancer. The passing of this one-time "Charlie's Angels" star was rumored to be imminent in the last several days. Viewers who tuned in to "Farrah's Story" last month saw her valiant struggle and may be saddened but not surprised at this news.
Farrah Fawcett's death was announced just hours before the end of voting to determine the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards. Television's highest honor eluded this small-screen icon who earned three acting Emmy nominations during her three-decade-plus career.
Farrah Fawcett may contend once more for an Emmy Award as an executive producer of "Farrah's Story," which could be nominated as outstanding nonfiction special. It is one of 43 shows in competition for the final five slots on the Emmy ballot.
Fawcett's longtime friend Alana Stewart produced this intimate, two-hour special. As Stewart told People recently, "It was never meant to be a documentary. Farrah just took her little hand-held camera to the doctor one day." In a twist of fate, it was during that 2007 doctor's visit when 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 became an outspoken advocate for early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer, and she worked tirelessly to raise the profile of this disease. And by documenting her own struggles in such graphic detail, she made millions aware of the need for testing and research.
Among those appearing in "Farrah's Story" were her one-time "Charlie's Angels" costars Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Farrah Fawcett received the first of her six Golden Globe nominations for the first season of "Charlie's Angels" in 1977 and won the People's Choice Award as favorite newcomer that year.
However, it would not be until 1985 that she earned her first Emmy nod playing a real-life woman who fought back against domestic violence in "The Burning Bed." While Fawcett lost that Emmy race to Oscar champ Joanne Woodward for "Do You Remember Love," she won over TV critics impressed by her acting ability. Fawcett was forever proud of that role and was seen in "Farrah's Story" telling hospital workers she thought of that and her role in "Extremities" – in which she battled a rapist – as the highlights of her career.
In 1989, she starred opposite longtime love Ryan O'Neal in the miniseries "Small Sacrifices." For her work as a real-life 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."
Below, Fawcett and the other two original "Charlie's Angels" – Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith – pay tribute to the show's producer, the late Aaron Spelling, at the 2006 Emmy Awards.