Farrah's Fight Against Cancer
When she couldn't shake her exhaustion, she began to suspect something was seriously wrong. "She thought maybe she had eaten some spinach and had the E. coli [virus]," says her friend Joan Dangerfield (widow of comic Rodney Dangerfield). So in mid-September, Fawcett, 59, went for a physical. After two weeks of tests, Fawcett was devastated to hear on Sept. 29 the diagnosis: anal cancer. Suddenly the famously athletic woman who played fierce weekly games of tennis – and was set to launch her endorsement of a beverage line called O.C. Energy drinks – was pondering her chances of survival. When Fawcett called her the next day, says Dangerfield, she was in tears: "It was such a shock. Farrah has always been so healthy. She was crying. I was crying."