Pontifications

Pontifications


Farrah Fawcett, RIP

posted by David Gibson

The actress who began as everyone’s favorite pinup (mine, too–I’m of that vintage) has died after a long and public battle with cancer. Hers was a remarkable journey, really, from those blow-dry feathered hairdos to really superb acting roles to the latest cancer icon, and martyr.

Farrah Fawcett.jpgWith anyone so embedded in the public consciousness in one particular role, or manifestation, it takes a while to change perceptions. That must go doubly for a blonde like Fawcett who started out in the Glory Days of 1970s TV series like Charlie’s Angels (and married at the time to “The Six Million Dollar Man.”)  

But I finally woke up to her journey when I saw her in the Robert Duvall vehicle, “The Apostle,” which I think one of the best cinematic portraits ever of a pastor–in his case Pentecostal, but it could almost have been any man of the cloth. She played his long-suffering wife.

Fawcett apparently was Catholic, which I never knew. She dies at 9:28 a.m. PST on Thursday at St. John’s Heath Center in Santa Monica, Calif., with longtime partner and troubled actor Ryan O’Neal at her side:

“She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages,” O’Neal tells PEOPLE, also confirming that she received last rites. “She’s now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now.”

Added O’Neal: “She was with her team when she passed…Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she recognized us.”

The two were planning to wed, but there was no time in the end, according to the People magazine account. But, the magazine writes, ”Friends and family plan to honor Fawcett with a funeral service at a Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles in the next few days.”

That would be Our Lady of the Angels, I assume.

RIP, Farrah Fawcett.

 



Advertisement
Comments read comments(6)
post a comment
Your Name

posted June 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm


I just wanted to say I have prayed that something,anything would help her get better,I love and miss her already,Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with you and Redmond,I know Im a nobody,but if there is anything Ican do please dont hesitate. With my prayers, Holly



report abuse
 

Yolanda Tamez

posted June 26, 2009 at 11:37 am


She was a beautiful soul. I grew up admiring her, for her strength and inner beauty. I would never of known, that she was in only one season of Charlie’s Angel’s. We all face challenges, along our journey through life. I weeped for her, because I loved her too. My prayers are with her family, as she is truly, an angel with wings flying high, happy, and free, to be alive in a new found place. Her new journey begins. Sincerely, Yolanda Tamez



report abuse
 

patharam

posted June 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm


I enjoyed her as an actress. It is unfortunate that her and Michael died at relatively the same time. She was a wonderful role model for women of all ages.



report abuse
 

Robin Smith

posted July 2, 2009 at 8:04 am


I remember reading in People Magazine, before Farrah was on “Charlie’s Angels,” but when she was married to Lee Majors, that she prayed the rosary every night. Recently I saw scenes of Farrah holding her rosary while she underwent cancer treatment. Although she did some things that were not Catholic (like having a child out of wedlock and not marrying her partner), it seems that baptism does indeed make an indelible mark upon the soul.
By the way, Princess Diana was buried with the rosary that Mother Teresa had given her, and Diana wasn’t even Catholic. I pray that more people will come to appreciate the Rosary’s power and beauty.



report abuse
 

Your Name

posted February 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm


I am young but i still saw her in movies i admired her she was my role model when i was in 5th grade i made a powerpoint about her and i love the tv show charlies angels i actually still love it in my class we are doing presentations of people we admire and we have to dress up as them and i am being her



report abuse
 

Pingback: Farrah Fawcett passes away Corona Coming Attractions » Images Search

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More blogs to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Pontifications. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Faith, Media and Culture Prayer, Plain and Simple Happy Blogging!!!  

posted 2:38:01pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Moving on, and many, many thanks...
So...my recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from PoliticsDaily.com to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days. That means, in short, that I'll have to sign off from blogging h

posted 8:29:24pm Aug. 02, 2009 | read full post »

Calvin at 500, Calvinism 2.0
If you thought you knew John Calvin--who turned 500 last week--you probably don't know enough. For example, that he was French, born Jean Cauvin. And if he was in fact scandalized by dancing, he was also a lot more complex than that. I explored the new look Calvin in an essay at PoliticsDaily, "Patr

posted 11:53:35am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
 In my defense, I've had computer outages and family reunions and a few days of single-parenthood, which is always a bracing reminder of what many parents go through all the time. And this weekend it's off for a week's vacation. Anyway, hence the long absence. Apologies to those who have chec

posted 10:51:36am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's contribution in developing countries" were key topics of discussio

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.