Farrah Fawcett: The Golden Girl Who Didn't Fade

Farrah Fawcett, dead of cancer at 62, came along just when we needed her. And she wouldn't quit

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Farrah Fawcett in the 1970s

Boy, did the 1970s ever need Farrah Fawcett. Watergate and the Nixon resignation, soaring crime rates and gas prices — bad news everywhere — had the nation in need of a tonic, or a diversion, which is almost as therapeutic. Who could have guessed it would come in the trim form of a Texas blonde with a no-quit smile? That would be Farrah Fawcett, or Farrah Fawcett-Majors, as she called herself in her prime. (Not that there was ever a Farrah Fawcett Minor.)

And in her last months, before her...

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