Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Farrah Fawcett Foundation Starts New Chapter of HPV Awareness

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Farrah Fawcett Foundation, created by Ms. Fawcett in 2006 to provide funding for cutting-edge cancer research, support cancer prevention and awareness and to help those struggling with the disease, is embarking on a new, school-focused outreach effort.
Alana Stewart, CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, along with Dr. Ellis Reinherz from Dana Farber Cancer Institute, recently spoke at the Dana Hall School, an all-girl high school in Wellesley, MA, about human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes nearly 26,000 cancers diagnoses annually.  The Foundation's seminar is the first of an outreach effort that includes speaking engagements at schools and will be expanded to a multimedia presentation as part of the Foundation's awareness/prevention mission.
The Foundation is creating a video presentation aimed at educating age-appropriate children, their parents and school nurses about the virus and its link to cancer, the risks of transmission and the availability and safety of vaccines.
"HPV cancers are preventable, unlike most other cancers," said Stewart, "but it is extremely easy to contract HPV. It is the most common sexually transmitted virus."
Other ongoing educational outreach contains key information about HPV, including:
  • The FDA-approved HPV vaccine is safe.
  • The vaccine rate in the United States, compared to other advanced countries, is among the lowest.
  • Boys have an increasing risk for contracting an HPV-related cancer.
  • Single women over 40 may have the disease and not realize it. Testing is vital.
The Foundation joined with Stand Up to Cancer and has committed $1 million to fund The Farrah Fawcett/SU2C Translational Research Team dedicated to finding a cure for all HPV related cancers. The team is headed by renowned researchers Dr. Ellis Reinherz and Dr. Robert Haddad, at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
The Foundation, also co-funded the International Anal Neoplasia Society at the University of San Francisco, which recently held a conference of 120 scientists involved in HPV research. 
The Foundation is certified by the California Franchise Tax Board and Secretary of State to be in good standing with those agencies, and recently emerged from a correspondence audit by the California Attorney General that found no major violations. "We are so pleased that this matter is now officially closed and are very happy with the outcome," said Stewart. 
For more information, please visit www.thefarrahfawcettfoundation.org.

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The Mission of the Foundation;

Our mission is to provide funding for cutting edge  
cancer research, prevention, and to help those struggling with cancer today.
Our emphasis is on anal and pediatric cancers. It is our compassion for those who suffer
from this insidious disease that fuels our deep commitment and fills our hearts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Noel Cruz's Katniss (featured on several news sites) and top selling Kate Jackson

Noel Cruz's repainted and restyled Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Barbie repaint that sold recently on eBay for $2,500.00 has garnered a lot of press, and, deservedly so. The repaint captures the true likeness and essence of Oscar Winner Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen the heroine of The Hunger Games franchise. The winning bid, though significant is not the top selling auction for Cruz whose repainted and restyled Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan sold in 2012 for $5,100.00 also on eBay.

Here is the article as featured on Entertainment Tonight as well as other news related links. Cruz is also to be featured in a British Press story (filmed at his studio in Tustin California this December) about his repainted dolls... story will be featured on; http://www.catersnews.com

Link for Entertainment Tonight story; http://www.etonline.com/news/154727_how_a_barbie_that_looks_like_jennifer_lawrence_ended_up_selling_for_thousands_of_dollars/

How a Barbie That Looks Like Jennifer Lawrence Ended Up Selling for Thousands of Dollars

by John Boone      1:16 PM PST, December 04, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence is a woman of many hats; Oscar-winning actress. Dior model. Billboard charts-ranking songstress. Inspiration for a one-of-a-kind Barbie that recently sold on eBay for thousands of dollars.  The apical skills section of her resume is extensive. But back to the that doll; It was done by Noel Cruz, an artist who "repaints" Barbies to make them look more like their real-life counterpart. Here is a sample of his work, including vintage Madonna, Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians.

Again: that is not just a photograph of Angelina Jolie's as Maleficent. Here's how he did it: Cruz started with Barbie's Hunger Games Collector's Edition doll (which retails for around $45). He re-dyed and styled her hair, then erased the face of the original Katniss doll.

With fine tools and what must be endless patience, he masterfully repaints the face, changing the doll's skin tones and features to make them more Jennifer Lawrence-y.

And here's the final transformation that sold for $2,500.00 in an eBay auction!

Is owning a "Whoa, that's so realistic" J.Law doll worth 2.5 grand? You tell us.

(A 2014 December repainted Farrah Fawcett)

Noel's work is DEFINITELY worth the price. eBay bidders dictate the winning price... but this is art and an artist at the top of his game. If you google OOAK repainted dolls, you will find most are not very technically adept. You can zoom in right up to the tiniest eyebrow hair (and believe me, they look like real hairs growing out of the dolls head). He is truly a "Picasso" right now with his craft, he not only paints or rather repaints and restyled dolls but he is an excellent artist at sketching and painting on canvas. He has gotten a lot of press for this latest repaint but if you visit his web site you'll see he excels at all his repaints and drawings.
The 2012 Angels Auction comes to a final close with the record setting Kate Jackson with a winning bid of $5,100.00
Noel Cruz's Angel Auction included: Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and the record selling Kate Jackson (who went for $5,100.00 on eBay).

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fawcett Warhol Napkin heading to Auction

WASHINGTON — The small drawing — a collection of scribblings, really — isn’t much to look at: a series of split hearts with a few words and numbers on it. Except for one arresting feature: the signature by the artist, Andy Warhol.

The unusual artifact, drawn by pen on a cloth dinner napkin, is up for auction next Friday in Beverly Hills, Calif., after a high-powered legal battle between the University of Texas at Austin and actor Ryan O’Neal over art owned by the late actress Farrah Fawcett.

A jury decided in December that O’Neal was the rightful owner of a Warhol portrait of Fawcett, his longtime lover, but that the “Warhol napkin” was jointly owned by the university, to which the actress had bequeathed all her artwork, and him.

The university at first appealed the Los Angeles County Superior Court jury’s verdict, then settled with O’Neal in May, with the actor keeping the portrait of Fawcett, valued at least at $12 million, and both sides agreeing to sell the napkin at auction and divide the proceeds. Fawcett, who was from Corpus Christi, Texas, studied art at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to California to begin her career.

While the framed 24-by-24-inch drawing is rather plain, it has quite a colorful back story, one that Darren Julien, the president and chief executive officer of Julien’s Auctions, thinks will push its price as part of an “Icons and Idols” auction way beyond the $6,000 to $8,000 estimate.

“We anticipate it will sell for a lot more,” Julien said in an interview. “A lot of times we are very conservative for the auction. I still think this could sell for $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 or even $60,000.”

How is that possible? Part of the interest in the piece comes from its being an authentic item by Warhol, the enfant terrible of the contemporary art scene who died in 1987 but whose works have taken on a life of their own.

Warhol’s art has recently spiked at auction; his “Triple Elvis” sold for nearly $82 million Nov. 12 at a Christie’s auction in New York. The painting, with three frames of a gun-slinging Elvis Presley, was the auction’s top seller, and it helped set a sales record for a Christie’s contemporary art auction. It had been estimated to sell for about $60 million.

The napkin isn’t in that league, of course, but it features Fawcett and O’Neal, iconic figures who became famous in the 1970s, she for TV’s “Charlie’s Angels” and he for the movie “Love Story.”

Both their names are on the napkin, and O’Neal himself set the scene in 1980 that led to the drawing of the napkin.

“Farrah and I were new lovers. We were at a dinner celebrating Andy’s new book at the home of Lynn and Oscar Wyatt in Houston, Texas,” O’Neal said, according to the auction house catalog. “I had known the Wyatts and Andy Warhol for over a decade, and during the course of the dinner, Andy observed Farrah and I. He (Warhol) saw the love between us and it inspired him to draw . right there on our napkin. Two hearts joining as one.”

Wyatt is a legendary Texas oilman and his wife a famous socialite, and the drawing includes a curved line, presumably Texas, and the words “Houston Texas” as well as a New York phone number, considered to be Warhol’s.

Fawcett had the napkin framed and kept it at her home. The couple, who never married but had a son together, split in 1997, although they were together on and off, according to O’Neal, for the rest of her life. Fawcett died of cancer in 2009 at 62 years of age.

When the University of Texas sued O’Neal over a “missing” Warhol portrait of Fawcett — there were two nearly identical paintings, of which the university had one and O’Neal the other — the actor countersued over the napkin, which the university’s Blanton Museum of Art had possession of. The napkin is now at the Julien’s Auction gallery, where it will be on display starting Monday, leading up to the auction.

Julien thinks the work will be a draw. “It’s part of pop culture history,” he said.

It hasn’t gotten much attention so far for this auction, though, which has highlighted dresses and outfits worn by Princess Diana, the late mother of Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
A work of art by Fawcett also up for auction, by an anonymous owner: a nude bronze sculpture of a female torso. It’s signed by Fawcett, but its pre-auction estimate is only $3,500 to $5,500.

SOURCE: http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/latestnews/2699526-8/warhol-napkin-portrait-of-farrah-fawcett-to-be