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MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett, 1970, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved / courtesy: Everett Collection

In bed together

Farrah Fawcett, right, shares a scene with Raquel Welch in the 1970 film "Myra Breckinridge." It was Fawcett's first major film role.

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SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, Lee Majors, Farrah Fawcett (right), (publicity photo for pilot), 1974-78

Major life changes

Fawcett, right, married actor Lee Majors in 1973. The next year, Majors debuted as Col. Steve Austin in the television series "The Six Million Dollar Man," in which Fawcett guest starred. The couple divorced in 1982.

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CHARLIE'S ANGELS, Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, 1976-1981

The blonde 'Angel'

Fawcett, right, won fame on the television series "Charlie's Angels," in which she played a glamorous private detective along with Jaclyn Smith, left, and Kate Jackson. Fawcett's famous 'do was copied by women across the nation.

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Farrah Fawcett Poster, 1976.

Poster girl

In 1976, just as her career was taking off, Fawcett posed for this pin-up poster, which sold millions of copies and broke sales records.

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Fawcett Prince Charles

A princely evening

Fawcett, left, meets the Prince of Wales backstage at the London Palladium after the Royal show Supernight in London on April 9, 1978. Fawcett, who was married to Lee Majors at the time, was the emcee for the benefit event that raised funds for the United World College.

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SATURN 3, Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, 1980, (c) Associated Film Distribution/courtesy Everett Collection

Out of this world

Fawcett starred with Kirk Douglas in the 1980 film "Saturn 3." Despite Fawcett's topless scene, the film was a commercial flop.

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THE BURNING BED, Farrah Fawcett, 1984. (c)Tisch/Avnet Productions. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Down, but not out

Fawcett staged a comeback in 1984, earning critical praise when she portrayed a battered wife in the television movie "The Burning Bed."

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RYAN O'NEAL AND FARRAH FAWCETT, DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - 1984

A new beau

After her divorce from Lee Majors, Fawcett moved in with Ryan O'Neal. In 1985, they had a son together, Redmond O'Neal.

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EXTREMITIES, Farrah Fawcett, James Russo, 1986, (c) Atlantic Releasing/courtesy Everett Collection

A taste of revenge

In 1986, Fawcett starred in "Extremities" with James Russo. The movie is about a woman who takes revenge on a would-be rapist.

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DR. T & THE WOMEN, Richard Gere, Farrah Fawcett, 2000

Losing her grip

In 2000, Fawcett played Kate, the mentally unstable wife of gynecologist Dr. Sullivan Travis (Richard Gere), in Robert Altman's "Dr. T & the Women."

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SPIN CITY, Charlie Sheen, Farrah Fawcett, 'The Arrival', September 25, 2001, Season 6. 1996-2002. (c) Paramount Television/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Don't judge me

Fawcett, with actor Charlie Sheen, portrayed Judge Claire Simmons on four episodes of the television series "Spin City" in 2001.

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Los Angeles Premiere of Malibu's Most Wanted

One big happy family?

Ryan O'Neal, center, and Fawcett arrive with their son Redmond at the premiere of "Malibu's Most Wanted" at the Chinese Theater on April 10, 2003, in Los Angeles. Ryan O'Neal had a role in the series.

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THE COOKOUT, Farrah Fawcett, 2004, (c) Lions Gate/courtesy Everett Collection

Still cookin'

Fawcett had a role in 2004's "The Cookout."

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Comedy Central Roast Of William Shatner - Arrivals

No joke

In August 2006, Fawcett took part in the Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner. Two months later, the actress announced that she was battling cancer.

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58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Show

'Angels' reunite

Fawcett joins former "Charlie's Angels" co-stars Kate Jackson, left, and Jaclyn Smith, right, onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Aug. 27, 2006, in Los Angeles.

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FARRAH FAWCETT SPECIAL ON NBC: The world knows Farrah Fawcett from her years as an award winning actress, a successful model, one of our most recognized pop icons - but on Friday, May 15 from 9-11 PM ET, NBC News will introduce viewers to the Farrah Fawcett who is a fighter, when it broadcasts "Farrah's Story," an extremely personal look at her battle with cancer. Shot with her own home video recorder, "Farrah's Story" chronicles the actress' two and half year battle with cancer. Intensely intimate and emotional, the footage becomes Farrah's video diary in which she not only shares her thoughts and feelings but also her treatments in the U.S. and Germany. This is Farrah Fawcett's story in her own words as she explains her battle and her journey with cancer, and it is her narration that tells this story.

Mother and son

Farrah Fawcett and her son Redmond O'Neal share an embrace in a scene from "Farrah's Story," a personal look at her battle with cancer. Shot with her own home video recorder, the film chronicles the actress' two and half year battle with cancer. It aired on NBC on Friday, May 15.

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FARRAH FAWCETT SPECIAL ON NBC: The world knows Farrah Fawcett from her years as an award winning actress, a successful model, one of our most recognized pop icons - but on Friday, May 15 from 9-11 PM ET, NBC News will introduce viewers to the Farrah Fawcett who is a fighter, when it broadcasts "Farrah's Story," an extremely personal look at her battle with cancer. Shot with her own home video recorder, "Farrah's Story" chronicles the actress' two and half year battle with cancer. Intensely intimate and emotional, the footage becomes Farrah's video diary in which she not only shares her thoughts and feelings but also her treatments in the U.S. and Germany. This is Farrah Fawcett's story in her own words as she explains her battle and her journey with cancer, and it is her narration that tells this story.

In treatment

In a scene from "Farrah's Story," Fawcett consults with a health careworker while receiving treatment in Germany in 2008.

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FARRAH FAWCETT SPECIAL ON NBC: The world knows Farrah Fawcett from her years as an award winning actress, a successful model, one of our most recognized pop icons - but on Friday, May 15 from 9-11 PM ET, NBC News will introduce viewers to the Farrah Fawcett who is a fighter, when it broadcasts "Farrah's Story," an extremely personal look at her battle with cancer. Shot with her own home video recorder, "Farrah's Story" chronicles the actress' two and half year battle with cancer. Intensely intimate and emotional, the footage becomes Farrah's video diary in which she not only shares her thoughts and feelings but also her treatments in the U.S. and Germany. This is Farrah Fawcett's story in her own words as she explains her battle and her journey with cancer, and it is her narration that tells this story.

Serving as an example

Farrah Fawcett decided to do the film "Farrah's Story" because she wanted to serve as an example whose health battle would offer a lasting effect — especially in the areas of protecting patient confidentiality and promoting alternative treatments for cancer.

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