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Originally posted 08/03/2009 11:55AM
Speaking publicly for the first time since the death of his longtime partner Farrah Fawcett on June 25, Ryan O'Neal says he wishes he could have a second shot at the 30-year relationship, and wonders if his own sometimes cruel character somehow led to her fateful illness.
The grieving actor, 68, tells Vanity Fair in its September issue (on sale Aug. 5) that he'd love to "do it over," given the chance, and in the process would change some unpleasant flaws in himself that caused Fawcett pain. "I would have been much kinder, more understanding, more mature," he says. "I'd lose some of the savagery. I don't know how she got cancer; maybe some of it was me."
O'Neal and Fawcett split up in 1998 after a tumultuous 20 years, and reconnected in 2001, after he was diagnosed with leukemia. O'Neal blames that split on, among other things, her menopause – and his own lack of sympathy.
Originally posted 07/21/2009 06:30AM
Redmond O'Neal's final conversation with his dying mother Farrah Fawcett allowed him to express a vow to turn around his troubled life, says his father, Ryan O'Neal.
"I held the phone to her ear, so I'm not exactly sure, but I think it was about regret," the elder O'Neal tells Meredith Vieira in a Today show interview airing Tuesday. "And the horror of, of not being able to see her again. And the promise – the promise of a good life. Of a life that she would have be proud of."
Fawcett, who died of cancer on June 25, had not seen her incarcerated son since April, when the 24-year-old was granted a court-approved personal visit to her bedside. He was also permitted to attend, in handcuffs, her June 30 funeral. Redmond is currently serving time at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, Calif., for violating probation on a previous drug conviction.
Originally posted 07/16/2009 01:05PM
Three times nominated for her acting, though never a winner, Farrah Fawcett received her fourth Emmy nod posthumously on Thursday, as an executive producer of Farrah's Story, the May 15 NBC special that tracked the three-year cancer battle that eventually claimed her life on June 25.
Fawcett, 62, was best known for her portrayal of Jill Munroe on Charlie's Angels, though she only remained with the show its first season, 1976-77. Her acting nominations were for roles in The Burning Bed (1984), Small Sacrifices (1989) and The Guardian (2004).
In a statement Thursday, Fawcett's longtime companion, Ryan O'Neal said, "For the Television Academy to recognize Farrah's Story with this nomination is such a wonderful acknowledgment for Farrah and her legacy. I know that she is smiling that fabulous smile right now in heaven, and that she is grateful that the show has been so well received not only by her peers in the industry but by the public at large."
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 06/30/2009 09:40PM
A tearful Ryan and Redmond O'Neal joined Farrah Fawcett's closest friends and family for the actress's private funeral Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
Fawcett's Charlie's Angels costar Kate Jackson, Marla Maples, Joan Collins and Tatum O'Neal were among the 200 guests attending the hour-long Catholic service, where longtime pal Alana Stewart and Fawcett's doctor Lawrence Piro delivered the eulogies.
"Goodbye sweet girl," said Stewart. "[Farrah] never felt sorry for herself during her illness ... she fought cancer furiously."
Originally posted 06/30/2009 08:45AM
To most of the world, she was the sex symbol with the flowing hair and dazzling smile – but Joan Dangerfield remembers Farrah Fawcett as the daredevil friend who took her out for a night of breaking and entering.
A few years ago, after the death of Joan's husband, comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Fawcett stopped by her house in the Los Angeles hills with a bottle of tequila.
"We stayed up all night long, talking and laughing and making plans," recalls Dangerfield. "Farrah decided that she wanted a house up here too." They set out to investigate a house for sale.
Originally posted 06/29/2009 05:30PM
Farrah Fawcett's son Redmond O'Neal, currently serving a jail sentence for violating his probation on drug charges, will attend his mother's memorial service on Tuesday, his attorney tells PEOPLE.
"That's an absolute yes," says William Slattery about plans for the 24-year-old son of Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal to go to the funeral.
O'Neal will be allowed to leave the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, Calif., where he is enrolled in an inmate treatment program, for the invitation-only ceremony, which will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels at 4 p.m. PST in downtown Los Angeles.
Fawcett, 62, died after a long battle with cancer on Thursday.
Originally posted 06/27/2009 11:45AM
The frosted hair, the beaming smile and, yes, the skintight red swimsuit – all were essential ingredients to the bestselling 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett that found its way into so many households across America.
Behind the lens, it was photographer Bruce McBroom. In front of it, the then-29-year-old Fawcett – who would go on to stardom and then, tragically, a lengthy battle with cancer that she sadly lost on Thursday this week.
"She had no idea of how beautiful and how attractive she was," McBroom recalled for Entertainment Weekly. "She was just like apple-pie, girl-next-door kind of girl, and in all the years I knew her she never changed."
Originally posted 06/27/2009 07:30AM
The two pop icons who passed away this week will be remembered this weekend on the very medium that helped propel them into the famous figures they were.
In memory of Michael Jackson, TV Land will air the 1992 five hour mini-series, The Jacksons: An American Dream on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (both Eastern and Pacific Times), with an immediate encore presentation from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The biographical series documents the progression of Michael's career from childhood to international stardom.
TV Land will also honor the memory of Farrah Fawcett with a tribute presentation of two Charlie's Angels episodes on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (both ET and PT), leading up to the airing of the first two episodes of the 2005 TV Land original series, Chasing Farrah from 9 to 10 p.m.
Originally posted 06/26/2009 02:30PM
While tribute arrangements have yet to be announced for pop legend Michael Jackson, PEOPLE has confirmed that Farrah Fawcett's funeral will take place at 4 p.m. PST Tuesday, June 30.
Fawcett, 62, who died just hours before Jackson on Thursday after a long battle with cancer, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony open to mourners by invitation only. Sources tell PEOPLE Fawcett's longtime partner Ryan O'Neal is handling arrangements.
Originally posted 06/26/2009 12:30PM
Farrah Fawcett bravely fought her cancer to the very end, according to her physician. Dr. Lawrence Piro says the Charlie's Angels star, after contracting an infection, had been hospitalized for three weeks before her June 25 death from anal cancer. While she was in treatment, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs.
"We did what she wanted to do, which was to fight until it was over," Piro says. "It wasn't until the last days when the organ function was not retrievable that we knew, and she knew, that comfort measures were the main things to be done. The resolve in her remained until a few hours before she made her transition."
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