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Open Letter to Farrah Fawcett - RIP

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Dear Farrah Fawcett...

Farrah Fawcett, you are missed and always will be. You are gone, but never will be forgotten.

Your blissful beauty and radiant smile will forever leave a permanent impression on your fans minds and in their hearts.

Your admirable acting abilities will always be viewed and watched in awe.

I am thankful for the many gifts you have left us to remember you by.

Farrah Leni Fawcett

February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009

February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009

This one's for you cogerson!

This one's for you cogerson!


I wonder how hard your University of Texas quarterback college sweetheart was kicking himself after he informed you that he wanted to date other girls! What was he thinking!?!? Well, you made the best decision for yourself by packing up your things and heading to Hollywood. Modeling agencies were calling for you for years, it was your time to shine! And shine you did! A few weeks after arriving in Tinseltown you met your first husband Lee Majors and the rest is history.

The Burning Bed is my favorite movie of yours. You proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that you weren't just an iconic beauty. You had talent beyond just posing for the camera. Domestic violence is a serious everyday matter and I'm sure you helped many women or men escape their nightmare. I admired your character for her strength and determination. You gotta do what you gotta do. (Disclaimer: I am not suggesting anyone burn their bed or their spouse!)

I along with many others became a fan of yours while watching you on Charlie's Angels. No one could pull off the Jill Munroe character like you did! Even though you only starred for one season your name was forever tied to Charlie's Angels. Cheryl Ladd joined the next season as your sister Kris Munroe and I must admit I developed a girl crush on her but that's another letter.

Many women wanted your hairstyle back in the 70's - 80's. Heck, I still see some women on occasion sporting your stylish coiffed hairdo. You were a pop culture icon! Your famous red swimsuit poster sold up to 10 million copies! It broke a record and was plastered on many boys bedroom walls! I bet my buddy Cogerson probably still has his! Your back to back Playboy magazine issues were the best selling copies of the 90's! If you got it flaunt it, or don't. It's an individuals choice.

Could it possibly be your ancestry genes of Irish, French, English or maybe the Choctaw Native American that made your beauty so unique? I'm thinking there's a good chance of that. You must have been sad when your mother and sister passed away. I could imagine the heartache both you are your father had while missing them. Your dad was the last remaining family member after you passed...he adored his Farrah and followed you a little over a year later.

The day of your passing started out as an very exciting day for me. It was my birthday! I love birthdays! All was well until the early afternoon when the announcement of your passing hit the Twitter news feed. Your fans were informed that your brave, warrior fight with anal cancer had come to an end. I was heartbroken for you yet content knowing you wouldn't be suffering any longer. What a fighter you were, Charlie would have been proud!

Not soon after the media announced your death we were then alerted that Michael Jackson had also died! WHAT?!!?! This is my birthday! Only good things happen on my birthday! Oh well who am I to argue with death. Michael Jackson's announcement overshadowed yours but many people felt the heartache for both of you. Such as your longtime, on and off again companion Ryan O'Neal...he kept your name and memory in the spotlight. By the way he does enjoy that spotlight.

I ended my special day by turning one year older and with the loss of two major celebrity icons. Each birthday since then I always add a touch of Farrah and MJ into my festivities because you are both gone but never forgotten.

You were an magnificent mother to Redmond. If only he would get a grip on his drug issues his life would be much better off. He's a grown man and hopefully he will read this letter one day and know how much his mother who adored him was also adored by her fans.

Ms. Fawcett you touched many people during your stay on earth. You and Tatum O'Neal didn't always see eye to eye but life went on. Some of us just aren't meant to get along. No family is perfect we just do the best we can with what we got.

On a final note I'd like to thank you for creating your cancer documentary regarding your cancer treatments. I understand you didn't intend to create the documentary, it was intended for your journal, but it was just one final gift that you gave us before you garnished your wings. Hopefully your struggle with fighting the dreaded disease could help save someone else's life. Thank you for what you have taught us and what you have given us. Rest in peace angel.

Farrah Fawcett Film Clips

Preview of Farrah's documentary...

Farrah Fawcett IMDb

  • Farrah Fawcett - IMDb
    Farrah Fawcett, Actress: The Apostle. Farrah Fawcett, was a fresh-faced woman from Corpus Christi, Texas. In the early 1960s, she was voted the "Beautiful Woman" by her high school colleagues. In the late 1960s, she had her first break in guest-starr

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 03, 2015:

Hi Peg, Thank you once again for stopping by to visit with me and Farrah :)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 01, 2015:

Isn't it funny that when scrolling through your list of articles that I picked this one to read again. There was another reminder of Farrah today that made me want to read this one a second time. Someone mentioned that they used to wear their hair like hers. What a great style and beautiful, talented woman.

Joanne M Olivieri on June 25, 2013:

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What a wonderful tribute to Farrah. She was a gorgeous woman and because our society is so focused on outer beauty her true talent was never really realized by anyone. The Burning Bed showed what a fantastic actress she truly was. There is another movie I came across called Silk Hope which is on either Netflix or Hulu and it has become one of my favorites. She does an outstanding job in that movie as well.

Her documentary showed her heroism and unconditional love for her family and friends. She was truly an extraordinary woman and one of my favorite actresses. Thanks for all the info and this hub. Voted up and shared.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 25, 2013:

What an awesome tribute to an enormously successful and beautiful woman. What woman didn't want her hair? I worked at a hair salon in those days and I can tell you I was inundated with requests from women who wanted to "look like Farah". We were two stores away from a Spencer Gifts store that sold her poster and had it on display at their front door. I loved her dramatic role in "The Burning Bed" and thought it lifted her into a new category of talent. You've given her a lasting tribute here and it is only a shame that her passing coincided with your birthday. Way up, Linda. A beautiful hub.

Mary Craig from New York on June 25, 2013:

Not just a lovely tribute but a very educational one. Anyone alive during the 70's and 80's new Farah. I remember when I first saw her on a hair commercial and said to my husband, "I would love to have hair like that". It wasn't long before every woman "wanted to have hair like that".

She was a beautiful woman who, as you say, turned out to be a good actress and wonderful person. btw, Happy Birthday!!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 25, 2013:

Only you,Linda, could create such a memorable and lasting tribute to this great actress and noble woman. "The burning bed" I believe was her best role. The video clips of her movies were so very enjoyable. Both Michael and Farah died the same day as my son Todd. (Todd passed 5 years ago.)

I will be thinking of you tomorrow sweet Linda.

Love ~ Audrey

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 24, 2013:

Farrah was a beautiful gal, no doubt. Back in the days when I had TV, I enjoyed Charlie's Angels a lot.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 24, 2013:

What a day, Sunshine...I cried. I loved my Charlie's Angels.

Tomorrow I will smile for you, dear girlfriend...all day long! Love, MM

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on June 24, 2013:

So sad to think of her and Michael dying the exact same day of the exact same year. Unfortunately I feel like she got overshadowed since she died of cancer and MJ died unexpectedly. Either way she was a talented lady who gave a lot to the world in a short period of time.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 24, 2013:

Hi Steph...Thanks for sharing your memories of Farrah Fawcett :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 08, 2013:

Farrah was certainly a most beautiful woman and I'll always remember her as a Charlie's Angel. Your hub taught me so much more about her, and is a great tribute to her talents and her life. Thanks for reminding me about the Burning Bed as I always meant to see it, but never did. Now It will go on my Netflix list!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 08, 2013:

No way Nell...I didn't laugh! You were and still are a beauty who resides just across the pond! :)

Nell Rose from England on March 08, 2013:

Hi Linda, Farrah was always one of my favorites, purely, and don't laugh, yes you laughed! lol! it was because she was my double! when I was about 16 up to 25 ish everybody said we looked so much alike, even the hair, I remember my friends husband coming into my house and saying, hey nell see your on tv! so I switched it on and their she was in a film! so yes it was so sad to hear that she had died, such a shame, have a great weekend , nell

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on March 08, 2013:

Hi fjohn, Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Farrah Fawcett.

fjohn from india on April 24, 2012:

Great hub, nice work. I'm also glad Farrah made the documentary because I learned of her true elegance,inner beauty and strength.And its very important to stay blameless in the hearts of the people.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 02, 2012:

Thank you Marcy for your tribute to Farrah!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on February 16, 2012:

This is a very touching tribute, Sunshine. Farrah left more of a legacy than she will ever know, or ever dreamed of. She's still a legend on the UT campus - and her iconic Charlie's Angel character was the 'look' everyone craved for years (I think she sent hair products through the roof).

But more than that, her grace and sweet spirit when facing a horrible disease was awe inspiring. Thanks for honoring her memory in such a touching way. Voted up and beautiful.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on February 01, 2012:

ya, it's crazy, especially when you consider thousands, if not millions of people die each day, and most of them anonymously.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 26, 2012:

Very true Justin about John and Johnny, I had forgotten about that! Thanks for the reminder!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on December 30, 2011:

I always felt for Farrah, that her death didn't get the coverage it deserved. it reminded me of John Ritter. His death was announced, followed a couple hours later by the death of Johnny Cash. great hub. What a looker,that Farrah was :0)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 30, 2011:

Thank you for sharing Jackie!:)

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 23, 2011:

I loved Farrah too, she was so good in those TV movies and she should have gone much farther than she did. I can't think of anyone more beautiful or who could act better. I hurt along with her, dying as my sister-in-law did and you want to help and of course you can't. Great tribute.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2011:

Thank you SS for sharing your thoughts about Farrah ... our favorite angel:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 19, 2011:

Hi Dexter! My thoughts exactly. Farrah will always be remembered for her unique qualities:) Thanks for the comment and vote!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 18, 2011:

This is a wonderful, heartfelt letter Sunshine. Very well written. I always loved the Burning Bed and felt that Farrah's acting was so good in it. There were many messages in that movie. Now when I hear about Farrah and Michael in June, I can remember your birthday.


Dexter Yarbrough from United States on December 13, 2011:

Hi Sunshine! Farrah was such a beautiful woman - and not just physically. She always appeared to have a kind heart and concern for others. Great tribute to her. Farrah will always be my favorite angel. Voted up, up and away!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 13, 2011:

Hi Ardie...It's a pleasure to see you here unfortunately it's for a sad reason. Farrah is missed and loved by many. Thank you:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 13, 2011:

Hey Ray...that rhymes...hey ray! I love rhyming, it's the kid in me. Ok back to your comment, there are two links above which have the original playboy magazines for sale. Just in case you missed the links. Thanks for your visit:)

Sondra from Neverland on December 13, 2011:

I always loved Farrah...I was SO very sad when she passed. I felt like I was getting the news about a long lost friend. Such beauty in so many ways - not just physical beauty. Your letter is an awesome tribute to a special woman. Voting UP

Raymond D Choiniere from USA on December 13, 2011:

An excellent letter to one of the most famous women to have ever lived. I remember when she posed for Playboy and I was always up for watching Charlie's Angels. Voted up! :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 13, 2011:

Thank you silvergenes for your sincere comment. I've heard many nice things about you also and I'm not sure why I wasn't following you before but I am now. I can thank Farrah for that among many other things:)

SilverGenes on December 13, 2011:

Sunshine, this is such a good hub. Farrah lit up the screen like no other with that dazzling smile and beautiful face! Her courage is something that I will remember most about her. We saw glimpses of it in The Burning Bed and later in her real life fight for life. Thank you for this loving tribute to this wonderful woman!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on December 13, 2011:

Sunshine this is a wonderful tribute to a truly beautiful person - her beauty was not only physical but inward. It was so satisfying to see her break the innacurate mould of 'dumb blonde' and prove what a versatile actress and very intelligent lady she was.

Like Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch - two stunning beauties also - these ladies taught the world a valuable lesson, that underneath great physical beauty is a person with brains, wit and strength of character that is awesome.

I loved this tribute to this lady who is I'm sure now happy and at peace. Great hub. Voted up + awesome!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 13, 2011:

Hey cogerson...your poster and my admiration for Farrah were my inspiration for this letter. Thank you for your comment. Always a pleasure to see your cute daughters:)

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on December 13, 2011:

Nice tribute to Farrah...Farrah and I lived together for almost two years back in the 1970s....granted she was a poster on my wall.....but we still shared the same I am sorry to say that the poster did not make it....although it would have been very cool if I still had the poster currently.

On a more serious is very tragic that she was taken so early...and yes her cancer documentary is indeed her final gift to us....awesome tribute/letter that I voted up interesting funny and useful.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

12-21-12 ... I didn't know there was a new date for the end? Shouldn't it be 12-12-12? Charlie was John Forsythe, you knew that you silly girl :))

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 12, 2011:

Sunshine - I remember that day as well - and I watched Charlies Angels all of the time:) lol I am still waiting to find out who Charlie is! lol

Wonderful letter to remind us of her. I remember all the boys having her poster splashed all over their walls! She was an icon! MJ too:) It was just a horrible coincidence that all happened on your birthday - take it from me - the world is scheduled to end on my birthday next year! Sor - REE! lol

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011: watched the Burning Bed on Lifetime with me:)

I agree drbj, her smile was sensational!

True dat Ge!:)

geegee77 from The Lone Star State!! on December 12, 2011:

I agree about us CC girls lol, and thanks

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 12, 2011:

This was a lovely tribute, Sunshine, to Farrah - a beautiful woman and a talented actress. She had a million dollar smile that lit up the room.

Stokermm from Gainesville, FL on December 12, 2011:

Farrah was a beautiful lady! I haven't watched her movies but maybe I should check them out. :) Nice, informative hub!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

Hi Sue, No I didn't watch the show but I did hear it was kicked to the curb after a few episodes. They should know better than to mess with perfection! Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 12, 2011:

I remember the day so well when MJ and Farrah died. What a shock that was to lose both of them.

A beauty woman indeed.

Did you happen to see the New Charlies Angels show? I doubt it will be back for a second season. My opinion only, but I thought it sucked.

Fantastic tribute!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

Hi Ge, I'm sorry you had tragic events happen on your birthday! Both of those memories make me go UGH!!

Yes you are correct Farrah was born in Corpus Cristi and is from there which is why I'm so glad you read this hub and plan worked! Haha! There's just something about CC girls that make them so lovable!!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

Bryan, your words are perfect for our Farrah. Thank you!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

Hi Paula, I also read the book and in this rare case the book and the movie were both fantastic! Farrah as Francine in the movie was magnificent!

Thank you for your comment, always appreciated:))

geegee77 from The Lone Star State!! on December 12, 2011:

Yes Farrah was so beautiful and not just a pretty face, The burning bed is also one of my faves, you did a great job with this hub my friend. By the way, I know how you feel about bad things happening on birthdays, mine is April 19th, which is the day of the Oklahoma federal building bombing, also when the tragedy happened in Waco, with that nutcase David Coresh. Oh well i guess we have to live with that. Awesome hub, oh did you know Farrah lived here in CC?? Im not sure if she was born here but I do know she went to HS here:) ge

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on December 12, 2011:

I'm also glad Farrah made the documentary because I learned of her true elegance,inner beauty and strength.

Suzie from Carson City on December 12, 2011:

Sunshine....You have honored a lovely lady so beautifully. Very true.....everyone loved Farrah and every young woman wanted to look like her, especially the famous Farrah Hair Style! She was just as sweet as she was gorgeous....and I couldn't agree more about her fabulous portrayal of "Francine" in "The Burning Bed." I remember having read the book and then seeing Farrah in the movie. She blew me away as she proved what a great dramatic actress she was! After that role, she was never again "just another pretty face in Holly wood!" Her struggle with cancer and ultimate death was heartbreaking, but the entire time she was strong and hopeful. Quite an inspiration. Once again Sunshine you have written a touching Memorial.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 12, 2011:

Hi Sunnie, June 25th, 2009...a date I'll always remember. Farrah was very memorable. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunnie Day on December 12, 2011:

Dear Sunshine,

Oh such tragedies to happen on your birthday..I really was sad that day..Both so much a part of my growing up..She was a great actress and very smart..Thank you for honoring her ..I forgot the date that they seems to have gone by so fast..Bless you and on the bright can light a candle on your birhtday honoring them and remember all the good things about them..



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