Born Ferrah Leni Fawcett, on February 2, 1947, in the coastal city of Corpus Christi, Texas, she was the second daughter of Pauline, a homemaker, and Jim Fawcett, an oil field contractor. She later changed her name to Farrah.
She attended John J. Pershing Middle School in Houston, Texas, a school which is now the magnet program for fine arts. From 1962-65, Fawcett attended W.B. Ray High School, where she held the title of "Most Beautiful Student" for all four years.
In the fall of 1965, Fawcett enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, where she planned to major in microbiology and joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority. The following year, a Hollywood publicist saw her photograph and asked her to come to California to work as a model. Initially, her parents forbade her to go. However in the summer of 1968 they conceded and accompanied Fawcett on her trip out west to Hollywood. Within two weeks of arriving, she landed a modeling contract. Immediately inundated with offers to star in TV commercials and print advertisements, Fawcett's plan to return to school fell by the wayside.
Fawcett remained remained in Hollywood and began a relationship with actor Lee Majors. The couple dated for five years before marring on July 28, 1973. That same year, Majors began starring in his own hit TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, in which Fawcett made several guest appearances.
Despite her overwhelming popularity, Fawcett didn't return for the second season of Charlie's Angels. Spelling, who wielded a large amount of power in Hollywood, sued the actress for breech of contract.
Faced with a $7 million lawsuit, Fawcett settled out of court by agreeing to make periodic guest appearances on the show over the next two years.
Fawcett turned her attention toward film roles, appearing in Logan s Run (1976), Somebody Killed Her Husband (1978), Sunburn (1979), Saturn 3 (1980), and The Cannonball Run (1981). Fawcett was praised for her first dramatic television performance in the 1981 miniseries Murder in Texas.
Fawcett and Majors separated in 1979 ending their 9-year marriage. She began a long relationship with actor Ryan O'Neal, and the couple had a son, Redmond, in 1985. After seventeen years together, Fawcett and O'Neal broke up but remained close, then later reunited.
In 1997 Fawcett played a significant role m the acclaimed religious drama The Apostle, opposite Robert Duvall, which introduced her to a new generation of moviegoers. In 2000, she returned to film starring alongside Richard Gere and Helen Hunt in the Robert Altman comedy Dr. T and the Women (2000).
Farrah Fawcett died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 62. The world had lost their Golden Girl, but her legacy and her spirit will live forever in our hearts.