June 25, 2009
Posted: 03:27 PM ET
We will be looking back at the life of Farrah Fawcett tonight on LKL. Below are Larry's thoughts on Farrah and her career.
Farrah Fawcett's career spanned four decades, and she reinvented herself several times during her career. Of course, what she'll be most remembered for is that extraordinary show, "Charlie's Angels." Even though all the actresses in that show were good, she was clearly the star.
She'll also be remembered for that poster. There's never been one like it, and there will probably never be another that comes close to getting the attention it did. The hair, the face, the bathing suit, the angle, she shot. It is the poster of all posters.
Of course she was very pretty, but I'd also say she was a good actress. One of the problems with actors and actresses when they're attractive is it's hard to judge how good they are at their craft. Brad Pitt is very good looking, and he's also a great actor, but it's hard for people to make that judgment about him because his looks are so distracting. I think the same was probably true of Farrah.
This story is going to get a lot of play today. We're doing it tonight of course. She became such a large figure I think, in part, because of when she launched her career. TV had much more impact back in the '70's than it does today. "Charlie's Angels" got huge numbers every week - nothing really dominates the television landscape like that today. Maybe "American Idol" comes close, but now there are so many channels and so many more shows it's hard for anything to get the audience, or amount of attention, that "Charlie's Angels" got. Farrah was a major tv star when the medium was clearly dominant and there weren't enough channels to water down viewing levels.
One thing I really admire about Farrah is the way she was able to reinvent herself, and you can argue she did it a couple of times. Her career started with "Charlie's Angels," then there was "Burning Bed," where she went from bombshell to serious actress, and most recently in the way she dealt with her cancer so publicly. It's hard to revinent yourself like she did, and you really have to admire her for it.
I had Farrah on my show once. You'll see clips of it tonight, and there are also some clips posted on our blog. It was 1994, so I don't remember much, but I do remember it was a fun interview. I can honestly say I didn't know her that well. We had several nice conversations the last few years about her coming on the show when she got better, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. I'm sad today because she fought the good fight, and I really admire the way she did it in the public eye, giving strength to others in the same position.
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