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Monday, June 29, 2009

RIP Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett has died at age 62.

With much demand from our loyal readers, we offer a tribute to one of the most glamorous of celebrities, Farrah Fawcett. The former Charlie's Angels star was well-liked in Wapella, and seemed like a pleasant person with a wonderful smile when on various talk shows and celebrity appearances.

Fawcett was married to Lee Majors, star of TV's The Six Million Dollar Man, from 1973–1982, though the couple separated in 1979. During her marriage, she was known and credited in her roles as Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Later, Majors went on to star in The Fall Guy, potraying Colt Seavers, a Hollywood Stunt Man, who also had a knack for solving crime.

Colt's signature truck was an early 1980s GMC 4x4 pickup. It had a 6-inch lift and 35-inch Dick Cepek off-road tires mounted on a 16-inch chrome wagon style wheel. The truck also had a custom-made chrome roll bar mounted with 4 off-road lights, and a custom chrome grille guard mounted with 2 off-road lights and a Warn winch. One unusual characteristic was a secret compartment in the truck's bed, which was used to stash away villains or to hide weapons.

The vehicle was painted brown and tan two-tone; it had an eagle painted on the hood with the phrase "Fall Guy Stuntman Association" underneath. The truck was very often involved in high-speed chases and huge jumps. As a result, it became very popular, especially with children, and numerous toy and model versions were produced.

During the show's run, the stunts took their toll on the trucks, so several different year model trucks are used during the show's initial run. As a result, there are some inconsistencies in the episodes. For instance, in the pilot episode the truck (a 1980 model) has two square headlights and a light tan interior. For the remainder of the series, it almost always had the quad headlight configuration of the 1981 and newer models, with a dark brown interior. The truck usually appeared to be a short bed model, but sometimes a long bed model was used. After destroying several trucks due to the huge jumps, a custom built jump truck was built as a solution. It had a reinforced frame and axles, and a mid-mounted engine. This greatly reduced the number of trucks scrapped during the show's production...

At the end of the series, the remaining trucks were either auctioned or given away in a contest. It is unknown how many still exist or their whereabouts, but one of them was sold on eBay in 2003.


Here is story of Farrah's famous 1976 poster.

Ted Trikilis showed the photographs around the office and took notes about differing opinions as to which photo they should use. In the end though, they went with the one Fawcett herself had chosen.

A record six million copies of the infamous Farrah Fawcett red bathing suit poster have been sold since its debut in 1976, turning it into the engine that drove two Ohio brothers from college dropouts to multimillionaires running poster empire Pro Arts Inc.

Mike and Ted Trikilis were trying to make money selling black-light posters to hippies at Kent State before the swimsuit poster turned them into celebrities in their own right, with their services being hightly sought by Hollywood stars. Ted was even crowned the "King of the Posters" by The Washington Post.

Early in the summer of 1976, the brothers received a package containing 25 shots of Fawcett in a red swimsuit. She had marked her favorite with a star. It featured gleaming white teeth, windblown hair, and ... her nipple.

Once published the poster became an instant sensation, and sales continued to increase exponentially over the following months. Pro Arts did $2 million in business that year. In 1977 the company turned over its inventory 24 times, selling 3 million copies of the poster in February and March alone. The sales craze netted $6 million in revenue, $1 million of which was pure profit.

The blitz would later be dubbed "the Farrah Phenomenon." For her one-season run on "Charlie's Angels" Fawcett was paid $5,000 per episode — but she earned $400,000 in royalties from the poster.

In February of this year, the actress sued Bio-Graphics, Inc, Pie International Inc. and author T.N. Trikilis, who collectively claimed to own exclusive rights to the iconic photo.

In the suit, Fawcett claimed that Trikilis had “falsely asserted to third parties that [she] did not own any rights in the photographs.”

The actress claimed that she “owns and possesses all the photographs and negatives taken at the shoot.”

Fawcett initially requested $100,000 minimum, but entered into a dismissal May 11.


Anonymous said...

Did some punk group in the early 90's have a song titled "The Day Farrah Fawcett Died?"

Dallas-based Wildcat said...

EEP, I'll let you answer this one. I know you love the Quackenbush.

EEP said...

The Vandals. Wasn't it on "Fear of a Punk Planet?" Regardless, everyone should own the Vandals first record, "Peace Thru Vandalism." A stone cold classic of So-Cal 80's punk. Ask Raymond Toohill.

Anonymous said...

And this is supposed to be a Farrah obit? I mean, Colt Seavers (and his truck of course)...excellent stuff however Farrah's image alone was responsible for helping many young Wildcat boys through adolescence. What did we really have back in those days? We walked beans, we smoked cigarettes from Buck's store and we had that poster of Farrah. Come on Pick it up.


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