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February 2, 2021

Rare Portraits of a Very Young and Beautiful Farrah Fawcett in High School in the 1960s

Farrah Fawcett, born Ferrah Leni Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an actress and artist. She was a 1965 graduate of W. B. Ray High School, in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she was voted “Most Beautiful” for every year she attended.

Fawcett moved to Hollywood in 1968 and got her start acting in commercials. She soon began making guest appearances on television shows, including The Flying Nun, I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family, and The Six Million Dollar Man.

In 1976, a poster company approached Fawcett’s agent, and the resulting image of the beauty in a red swimsuit ended up becoming the best-selling poster in history. That same year, she was cast in two high-profile projects: the film Logan’s Run and the made-for-TV movie Charlie’s Angels. The latter was picked up as a series, and Fawcett reprised her role as Jill Munroe for its first season, which boosted her popularity even more.

She went on to act in a diverse group of projects, including The Cannonball Run (1981), the Off-Broadway play Extremities (1983), the TV film The Burning Bed (1984), the miniseries Small Sacrifices (1989), The Apostle (1997), and Dr. T & the Women (2000).

The four-time Emmy nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee also returned to television appearances, guest-starring on shows including Ally McBeal, Spin City, and The Guardian. Her final on-screen appearance was in the 2009 documentary Farrah’s Story, which chronicled her battle with cancer, and for which she was posthumously given an Emmy nomination for her role as producer.


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