The late Farrah Fawcett will always be remembered as a talented actress and style icon of the 1970s hairstyles. When Charlies Angels hit the American TV screens her trademark feathered shag layered hairstyle got just as famous as Farrah herself. But it wasn't Charlies Angels alone that raised Farrah's popularity. We all know the Farrah Fawcett swimsuit poster which made Farrah into one of the most famous faces in the world. Her blond bouncy locks got known as “The Fawcett” and "The Lioness" and every hairdresser in America and beyond had to learn how to properly cut for the Farrah ‘Do. Her famous hairstyle earned her advertising contracts with several hair care products companies and a permanent place in Icon Heaven.
The Legacy of the Farah Fawcett Haircut
Farrah Fawcett's Haircut was copied by women all over the world since Farra embodied not only the look of the 70s but also the feel. In a time when woman were pushing for for more independence and empowerment, Farrah Fawcett was a free spirited actress who played a Karate skilled tough girl who fought crime and still managed to look pretty and perfectly blow-dried at the same time. Her fabulous long thick shag cut was called the Lioness and she was every bit the wild kitty kat herself. Every girl and every woman wanted to be the Farrah of her group and the easiest way to achieve that was to adapt her alluring lioness look. If you didn’t have her slim waif-like figure you could at least sport her full-bodied hair. The way to do it was to get a specially layered cut and then use big rollers to give it the famed structure.
Born as Ferrah Leni Fawcett in Corpus Christi, the Texas native created a trademark look and the whole world was hooked. She may be more famous for the Farrah Fawcett haircut than for her screen appearances and not many people remember that Farrah actually left Charlies Angeles after just one season.
As a mature woman, Farrah Fawcett worked to show a different side of herself and moved away from the pretty girl image by taking a role as an abused woman in the TV movie drama "The Burning Bed". She got 6 nominations for a Golden Globe Award and was a three-time Emmy nominee for her TV movies and series appearances.
But it was her feathered shag haircut and her dazzling bright smile that made Farrah Fawcett a pop culture icon. Some even call it the sexiest haircut of all time. Farrah donned a graceful wig and at home wore nothing after chemo therapy treatments inevitably prevailed. Farrah died at 62, far too soon!
Friends describe her as a strong-minded, warm, kind and brave woman. For them Farrah Fawcett's hair was only a sidelight to her sincere smile and shining personality and that is how her loved ones remember her. Farrah for awareness purposes became involved with an independent filmmaker to tell her story which was carried on Network television.
Her beauty, her fameous tresses and her brave and very public triumph in dealing gracefully and in the open with a rare anal cancer that defied years of treatment will never be forgotten.