Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Farrah Fawcett bathing suit donated to Smithsonian’s National Museum

February 2nd, 2011 8:15 pm ET
Tracey Parece
Boston Celebrity Style Examiner
Remember the iconic red bathing suit Farrah Fawcett wore on the best-selling 1976 poster that every teenage boy had on his bedroom wall (and every adult male had in his garage or basement)? Fawcett's long-time boyfriend Ryan O'Neal donated that bathing suit plus other items belonging to the Charlie's Angel to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In honor of what would have been Farrah Fawcett's 64th birthday, Ryan O’Neal is donating an original copy of the poster, Fawcett's original swimsuit, and various "Charlie's Angels" memorabilia. Farrah Fawcett was born on February 2, 1947. She passed away on June 25, 2009 at the age of 62, after a battle with anal cancer. The story behind the famous photo is an interesting one. Farrah Fawcett was an unknown actress at the time. When she posed for the picture, she tried on a variety of swimsuits before choosing the red one-piece. The bathing suit was from her own personal collection, and she chose it to hide a scar on her stomach.

As for the blanket that forms the backdrop for the poster, it was draped over the front seat of the photographer's vintage car just moments before the photo was taken. Continue reading on Farrah Fawcett bathing suit donated to Smithsonian’s National Museum - Boston celebrity style

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