Ryan O'Neal Asks Farrah to Marry Him
06/22/2009 AT 10:30 AM EDT
"We will, as soon as she can, say yes," O'Neal, 68, says about his companion since 1980. "Maybe we can just nod her head," he said, with a laugh.
"I used to ask her to marry me all the time," O'Neal said for the interview to air Friday on 20/20. "But ... it just got to be a joke, you know. We just joked about it."
But now with Fawcett, 62, deteriorating from cancer, "I promise you, we will," says O'Neal. "Absolutely."
Regarding dress for the ceremony, a still-jocular O'Neal plans to look "like a gigolo. You know? And a little thin mustache and slicked-back hair. I don't know. We have fun, we tease about that."