June 25, 2009, - 2:11 pm

Farrah Fawcett, Classic American Beauty, RIP: Made 2nd Amendment Sexy (But Was Part of US Moral Decline)

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s sad to learn of the death of Farrah Fawcett from cancer.
As a kid, I was a fan of “Charlie’s Angels,” the TV show which–if you watch it now–doesn’t stand the test of time. Much was made of the “jiggle” that was part of the show, but that was more evident on sillier shows, like “Three’s Company.” And the three women detectives on the show were something of a new phenomenon for America: classic beauties with brains and guns, who were also sexy. They showed us that women with guns were cool and could protect themselves from the bad guys. They held guns, but didn’t act masculine or “kick butt.” They had class and style.

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From the Schlussel “Charlie’s Angels” Cards Collection

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I played with Charlie’s Angels dolls, the Charlie’s Angels Van, and collected the trading cards and stickers. And I had the Farrah Fawcett doll and a Farrah Fawcett styling head–a large face with Farrah’s hair and features that you could style and make up with play cosmetics. I always insisted that, when I went for a haircut, the stylist styled my hair to look like the famous Farrah hairstyle of the ’70s, with long tousled curls and waves.
Although my favorite of the Charlie’s Angels was and still is Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett was a classic blonde American beauty from Texas whose looks were stunning and timeless.
Fawcett was kooky after “Charlie’s Angels,” which she left after a short stint–just one season. She did a perverted naked Playboy body-painting video, a bizarre interview with David Letterman, and chose to deliberately have a son out of wedlock, helping to set a disastrous trend (son Redmond O’Neill’s drug addictions and criminal behavior bear out the negative tendencies of kids born to single mothers). She left Lee Majors to live with Ryan O’Neill and helped make non-married live-in relationships fashionable.
But some would say that compared to the celebrities of today, her life was tame in comparison. And her illness and early death from cancer are sad and lamentable. It’s sad for me because I grew up on the Farrah Fawcett dolls and cards and posters.
I will always remember her for that classic beauty. And for the fact that, these days, you rarely see (non-police) women with guns–the “good guy” women–on broadcast TV series anymore.
As I looked through my “Charlie’s Angels” card collection in recent weeks, I note that all of the pictures of her are stunning and gorgeous. But the most beautiful ones–the sexiest–are the ones with her holding a gun. Yes, that’s one of Farrah Fawcett’s contributions–far more important than her famous sexy poster in a red bathing suit–to America: in a day and age when political correctness didn’t run television programming, Fawcett and her fellow Angels made it cool for women to enjoy and practice the Second Amendment.
Farrah Fawcett, Rest In Peace.
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6 Responses

“And for the fact that, these days, you rarely see women with guns–the “good guy” women–on broadcast TV series anymore.”
I like Farrah too. Good post, she will me missed. I disagree with your statement, above, however Debbie:
Emily Proctor – CSI Miami
Marg Helgenberger – CSI
Mariska Hargity – Law and Order SVU
Poppy Montgomery – Without a Trace
Teresa Lisbon – The Mentalist
Cote de Pablo – NCIS
and that list took about a minute to come up with – I’m sure there are many more examples.
[R: YOU'RE RIGHT. BUT THOSE ARE ALL POLICE WOMEN, AND I MEANT, BUT DIDN'T CLEARLY SAY, NON-POLICE. CHARLIE'S ANGELS WERE PRIVATE DETECTIVES, SO I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE THAT. IT'S WHAT I MEANT AND WILL CLARIFY. THANKS. DS]

Richard on June 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm

God Bless Farrah Fawcett, and Rest In Peace!

Jackson Pearson on June 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I think that the character of ‘Fiona’ on the show ‘Burn Notice’ fits the non-official woman gun (and above) toter…..
The ‘Sarah Walker’ character on ‘Chuck’ is CIA, but working on US soil, so outside the law officially perhaps… plus on ‘Chuck’, actor Adam Baldwin keeps a photo of Pres. Reagan on his desk…

Nick Fury on June 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Debbie: a correction: in the John Forsyth (uncredited) voice-over to the show, the three Angels are introduced as ex-police women in what where then considered a woman’s job: safe, non-threatening police duties and they were given a chance to let their talents shine what was then a man’s world. The world has changed a lot since the 1970s. If policewomen were rare, female attorneys were even rarer. People succeed not on the basis of who they are but what they do. One of my all time favorite shows, well written and well done. Its sad to see Fawcett die this young of cancer. She will be missed.
[NF: AN INCORRECT CORRECTION. YES, I'M AWARE THEY *WERE* POLICEWOMEN. BUT CHARLIE/FORSYTH TELLS US HE TOOK THEM AWAY FROM ALL THAT. THEY'RE PRIVATE DETECTIVES WORKING FOR HIM. DS]

NormanF on June 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I admit it–in Farrah’s day of “the poster,” I thought she was the most beautiful woman on earth. Glad I’m over that.
I’ve always felt “weird” about her ever since she went on Letterman drunk or high 5-10 years ago (I don’t even know) and made an ass of herself. Still, I will miss her–and say R.I.P. Hope she was ready for the biggest meeting of them all.

BB on June 29, 2009 at 1:34 am

Here are some show with leading action heroines. Alias, Nikita, Fringe, Charmed, Buffy the vampire slayer, and Xena:warrior princess
Those shows star Very strong action heroines! There all awesome!

sam on January 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

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