Remembering Farrah Fawcett

This picture is of Farrah Fawcett in 1976 portraying the character Jill Munroe on "Charlie's Angels." (Photo source: www.wikipedia.com)
This picture is of Farrah Fawcett in 1976 portraying the character Jill Munroe on "Charlie's Angels." (Photo source: www.wikipedia.com)

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Farrah Fawcett, whose stunning looks and blinding smile made her a pop icon of the 1970s, has died. She was 62.

Her spokesman, Paul Bloch, says Fawcett died Thursday morning in a Santa Monica hospital. Her 2½-year battle with cancer was depicted in the TV documentary "Farrah's Story."

She burst on the scene in 1976 as one-third of the crime-fighting trio in TV's "Charlie's Angeles." A poster of her in a clingy swimsuit sold in the millions.

She left the show after one season but had a flop on the big screen with "Somebody Killed Her Husband." She turned to more serious roles in the 1980s and 1990s, winning praise playing an abused wife in "The Burning Bed."

The 62-year-old had been battling anal cancer for the last three years and allowed cameras to chart her struggle since she was first diagnosed with the disease in 2006.

The Farrah's Story documentary pulled in millions of viewers when it aired on television earlier this year. But ever since the emotional show, the star was dogged by rumors that her health was failing her, with many Internet gossips speculating she had given up her chemotherapy treatment.

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