The Charlie’s Angels star became the go-to cover star for magazines of all sorts during the second half of the 1970s.
There are certain celebrities and movie/TV stars who seem to encapsulate their era, and none more so perhaps than Farrah Fawcett in the second half of the 1970s. Immediately from her debut in Charlie’s Angels in 1976, Fawcett became a superstar – and her high-profile marriage to the Six Million Dollar Man himself Lee Majors just made her even more iconic as the stars of the two hottest shows on TV got together (and then, even more excitingly for the press, divorced). Add to this her legendary poster that was the biggest selling pin-up of the era, selling some five million copies, and Farrah Fawcett could lay claim to being the biggest star of the period.
This fame – and the public demand for as much Farrah as they could get – ensured that she would appear on the cover of countless magazines during this time. From movie and Tv magazines to salacious and bullshit-focused scandal magazines that told outrageous lies about many celebrities without ever being taken to task, Farrah was everywhere. She was that rarest of sex symbols – one that appealed to men and women, across generations. So she would appear in Playboy and Women’s Weekly, High Society and Cosmopolitan, representing different things to different audiences. If a magazine could think of any excuse to feature her on the cover – as with The Wild World of Skateboarding, whose editors must’ve thanked all the gods when they found a picture of her on a skateboard – they would.
Her fame and popularity lasted until the turn of the decade when her exit from Charlie’s Angels (and the show’s eventual demise) and a few flop movies like Saturn 3 and Sunburn rather dented her shining stardom. As the new decade took hold and fashions changed, Farrah seemed like a 1970s hangover – the big hair, the California Girl looks no longer were the fashion. As she got older, she achieved the acting plaudits denied to her during her sex symbol years with films like The Burning Bed and Extremities and wound up as Hollywood royalty in the later 1980s and into the 1990s. She remained a household name up right up to her highly publicised death from cancer in 2009, aged 62.
Here is just a small sampling of her magazine covers from 1976 to 1981.
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