12 million walls adorned her posed in a one-piece red bathing suit. An early image of what Baywatch beauties would wear almost two decades later. An iconic symbol of all that was good in the world of TV land. She married the 6 million dollar man (Lee Majors) and became one of the original Charlie’s Angels, where her fame would skyrocket. Today, at the age of 62, Farrah Fawcett passed away.
For many of today’s sports enthusiasts and even readers of this site, Farrah Fawcett was either a name that no one knows or remembers or a figure of a more troubled time late in her life. An aging actress who may or may not have had alcohol and drug problems. For those old enough to remember the blond bombshell, she was one of the first original poster girls.
Her red suit poster sold more than a million copies. A record that stands today. Farrah Fawcett was not a sports hero or even a sports figure, yet in some ways her bathing suit clad body was to many as iconic as their childhood sports figures. A passing from adolescence to manhood. Her image next to that of the super stars of the same late 70’s era.
I was not old enough to thumb-tack her poster to my wall. I do however remember my older cousin having it on his. I remember spending the night under the watchful eyes and beaming smile of a woman twenty two years my age.
Today, it’s almost impossible to imagine sports without some bikini clad woman. Whether it is a “cheerleader” calendar photo or the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that dates back to 1964 which never covered an image of Farrah Fawcett.
Fawcett died at the age of 62. With irony, her elder sister died at the age of 62 as well from a different form of cancer. To her family our thoughts and prayers.