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Icon, Goddess and Artist Farrah Leni Fawcett has died. Method acting as an angel will now sadly be put to good practice as she ascends having shuffled off her foxy mortal coil. In addition to a major in biology at the University of Texas at Austin (ever the hipster), she also minored in art/sculpture and proved to be a great devotee of Yves Klein, recreating his body to canvas “Anthropométries”, dutifully documented in Playboy’s Farrah Fawcett: All of Me (1997). No specific reference to Klein is mentioned in the narration but I dare say Farrah knew where the idea came from (even if “Hef” didn’t).

Also worth noting was the collaboration with sculptor Keith Edmier titled appropriately Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett, which enjoyed a run at the Warhol Museum in the Summer of 2003. In the piece, each artist rendered the other in idealized life size depictions; respectively Ms. Fawcett in white marble and Mr. Edmier in bronze - an amazing exercise in reversal of image control.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and was reportedly flattered by Steve Martin’s 1977 comments on Saturday Night Live: “Boy oh boy, I am so mad at Farrah Fawcett-Majors. She is so conceited. She has never called me once. And after the hours I’ve spent holding up her poster with one hand!”. She will be wholeheartedly missed and venerated, right up there with Marilyn and Mae West, whose geniuses are memorialized along with their splendor.

(thanks to Tony Labat and Robin Winters for additional research)

- Dale Hoyt [Thursday, June 25th, 2009]

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