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1970s Pinup Queen Farrah Fawcett Anniversary

farrah fawcett in her red swimsuit poster

1970s pinup queen, and not so dumb blond actress, Farrah Fawcett died five years ago this morning. Farrah, who was best known for her part on Charlie’s Angels, passed away due to cancer.

Since I like a good pinup queen, I love the story behind this famous print. She was one smart cookie –

To promote her instant celebrity in Charlie’s Angels, a Cleveland poster company arranged to shoot Fawcett in a bikini at her house in 1976. As Rubenstein explained, “She wasn’t comfortable so exposed, so she pulled this red one-piece from her closet. The company hated the pic, but Farrah had final approval (and retained photo rights). Smart girl: The poster sold over 12 million copies and is still for sale today.” [InStyle]

Still selling copies after 12 million have already been sold!  And she owned the rights up to the end.  Not so dumb, now was she?



RELATED: Ryan O’Neal “Both Of Us, My Life With Farrah” Review

In his book, Both Of Us, former partner Ryan O’Neal spilled his side of their love story, including all of her dirty laundry. He also described her as very smart and underestimated as an actress and businesswoman. Oh and he did not shy away from her beauty and sexuality in his version of the story.

And it seems Ryan still cannot let Farrah go.  Her famous ex-partner just won a big fight over a Warhol portrait.

The actor and on-and-off-again lover of ’70s siren Fawcett has settled a contentious lawsuit with the University of Texas at Austin over a portrait of the late actress by pop icon Andy Warhol and a drawing on a cloth napkin also inscribed by the artist.

After nearly three years of litigation and more than $1 million in costs, the university has quietly dropped its appeal and settled a lawsuit with O’Neal, conceding a Los Angeles jury’s December ruling that he owned the portrait of Fawcett.

The napkin drawing, which the Los Angeles County Superior Court jury determined to be owned equally by O’Neal and the university, will be sold at auction according to the agreement, with proceeds split between them…

Fawcett, a Texas beauty from Corpus Christi, attended the University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s before moving to Hollywood to pursue a modeling and acting career. A star of the popular ’70s television show “Charlie’s Angels,” Fawcett died of cancer in 2009 and left all her artwork to the institution in her living trust.

Her love for the university was part of the reason the school fought so hard for the artwork, even though there were two nearly identical Warhol portraits of Fawcett and the university already had one of them.

“We worked hard to honor the wishes of our donor and will always seek to honor donors’ wishes,” Gary Susswein, spokesman for the University of Texas at Austin, told McClatchy. “In so doing, we also sought to secure a piece of art that has cultural significance and is valuable in our academic, educational and outreach missions. At this point in time, though, this agreement is the appropriate resolution.” [DallasNews]

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  1. Such a beauty and she seemed like a very loving person.

  2. She was such a good person!