Talk:Farrah Fawcett

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Need so much attention on cancer/death?[edit]

I have come to this article for the 1st time today. Wonder why there is so much text devoted to her cancer and death? It seems disproportionate. --[[User:Bigweeboy|BwB](talk) 13:56, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

This article is a work in progress that has grown appreciably over the past few years. Some celebrities' illnesses are virtually unknown to the public until the publication of their obituary. Fawcett chose to document her treatments and share them with the public. The result was a highly-rated Emmy-nominated project. I agree that these sections seem somewhat disproportionate to the rest of the article as it stands now, but the way to bring them into proportion is to continue to enhance the sections about her life and career, not to reduce the sections about her illness and death. Abrazame (talk) 16:26, 5 November 2010 (UTC)
Maybe you're right, but perhaps we could also reduce the "Cancer" section somewhat. Just seems overdone to me. --BwB(talk) 12:14, 6 November 2010 (UTC)
Anything known on how she got cancer. -- (talk) 14:57, 20 March 2011 (UTC)
Most cancer causes are not identifiable as such. There are certain times when we can draw a probability conclusion, like "X was exposed to high levels of radiation when..." and attribute that as a likely cause. Likewise, people with AIDS have a sharply increased risks of developing certain cancers, some of which are rarely seen except in AIDS patients. And of course, smoking and lung cancer and chewing tobacco and mouth/lip/gum cancers are well connected. But most cancers have no such specific cause that can be pointed to.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 16:31, 20 March 2011 (UTC)
That's a very true and sensitively worded statement Fuhghettaboutit, but actually we do know what caused Fawcett's cancer. Unlike most types of cancer, those occurring in the anus, anal canal and cervix are caused by a specific strain of Human papillomavirus being introduced into that area. And the only way HPV is introduced into these areas is through penetrative sexual contact with an infected male. All anal cancer patients are gay men and "adventurous" women, almost without exception. :::::And that is why nobody likes to talk about it. Nobody talks about the cause of Farrah's cancer and it certainly explains why it was not used in the effort to create and promote the HPV vaccines: It would have raised a lot of awkward and unpleasant conversations about her sexual history, which nobody wants to do to a fragile, terminally ill woman. But let's not be fools with our hands over our eyes and pretend she just got it out of the blue. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:15, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
You are a moron and a piece of shit. I've known people who have died of anal cancer. They were neither "gay men" nor "adventurous women." Here's hoping you get hit by a bus, soon.
And you are a child. That language is ridiculous and completely uncalled for. It IS true that anal sex has been linked to anal cancer through the HPV virus. However, it is also true that people HAVE gotten anal cancer without being gay or loose women. Both of you are being jerks. No one has any business claiming how Farrah got cancer until it is reported by reliable sources (basically, the medical people involved in her case) that that is how she got it. It is unfair and disrespectful to make such judgment about her without basis. (talk) 08:23, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

comedy central roast of William Shatner[edit]

It was one of her later TV appearances, yet it is not mentioned on the page. So many other celebrities have their appearances mentioned, why not Farrah Fawcett? (talk) 23:52, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Childhood home being auctioned[edit]


WhisperToMe (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Load of crap[edit]

Her surname is from England but the rest of her ancestry is ludicrous except maybe Irish and French. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:24, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Coverage of illness and death[edit]

It seems to me both the sections on her cancer and death focus heavily on media, largely tabloid, coverage. Shouldn't these sections cover their main subjects? Sorry if I'm late to the game on this, but I feel like the media coverage should have its (scaled down?) section.--Williamsburgland (talk) 01:51, 15 June 2012 (UTC)


I would like to see all of her commercials listed (with the approx dates of pre 1976 and post 1976) in a section because when I view them on yoututbe I am absolutely astounded by the number of commercials she landed before she was famous. And I think that is an accomplishment that should be noted. I know of no other who has landed so many commercials!! She was incredible. (talk) 03:44, 11 July 2012 (UTC)07/10/2012

Theatrical film appearances[edit]

The table showing her films does not include her most amazing film... 1984 The Burning Bed, Francine Hughes, Golden Glove Nominee 19885 Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV info from IMDb I don't know how to edit Wikipedia and don't have time to learn...can someone make the addition please? Many thanks. KatFix (talk) 19:35, 19 April 2013 (UTC)KatFix

The Burning Bed is listed under "Television appearances" A.T.S. in Texas (talk) 21:25, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
I wonder, however, why "A Wing & A Prayer" is listed under "Theatrical film appearances." "A Wing and a Prayer" was the original name of a project that (after a change in artistic control) eventually appeared on television under the name "Farrah's Story."[1]. Did "A Wing and a Prayer" have its own theatrical release? IMDB lists the release date as 1 November 2008 and lists the release date for "Farrah's Story" as 15 May 2009. I suggest that "A Wing and a Prayer" be deleted from the list of "Theatrical film appearances." A.T.S. in Texas (talk) 21:25, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Feel free to make that happen. Ckruschke (talk) 17:17, 17 December 2013 (UTC)Ckruschke



Per MOS:LEAD, this lead is probably too long. I would start trimming it down, but I don't want to get into a conflict with anyone, so what shall we do now? Harmelodix (talk) 22:45, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

The nipple[edit]

Niteshift36, regarding this edit, I don't know if you were around back then, but the nipple was most certainly the big deal. To add information about the poster and neglect the nipple aspect is like having information about Maxwell House and neglecting the bit about "Good to the last drop". Let me ask you this... are you just unhappy with the citation or do you object to the whole nipple thing in general? If the former we can work together and maybe we'll find something you can approve of. If the latter, I'm afraid I'll have to dig up what I can and push for inclusion over your objection. One way or another I think it should be in there. – JBarta (talk) 18:50, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

The Pro_Arts article got it right. – JBarta (talk) 19:05, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

  • Yes, I was around back then. And it doesn't matter that I was, because what you or I remember as the reason is completely irrelevant. First, your edit summary focus on it as THE reason. That's your opinion. You're of course entitled to it, but it's really no more valid that any other personal opinion. That brings us to point 2....opinion. You cited an unsigned op-ed that really is just some personal opinion, but not of anyone we can identify. Even if you dig up a cite or two from someone we can identify, I don't see where it becomes relevant enough to include in an encyclopedia biography. Just because it got printed doesn't give it a free pass to inclusion. Now I don't have my mind made up permanently (unlike you, who has already decided you'll overcome my objection rather than listen to it), but including it would have to be something more substantial than just someone making an unsubstantiated statement. Niteshift36 (talk) 01:45, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
I appreciate your thoughts and your candor. I should first mention that my edit summary was a little tongue-in-cheek. Not completely, but a little. And I'll admit I do have my mind made up on the issue... at least at the moment. I don't see how one can edit without having some notions about what should be in or not in an article. That said, I respect your chastisement that my notions appear to be primarily guided by own personal memory. At this point they largely are (although I did included a reference that at least in spirit supports the inclusion). You mention that you would want something "more substantial" before considering the inclusion. What sort of thing would you consider more substantial? – JBarta (talk) 03:12, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Marriage to Lee Majors[edit]

I was thinking that she was married to Lee Majors at some point. Then I remembered that her name was once Farrah Fawcett-Majors. I see that name is documented in this article, but no mention of any marriage to him. Were they married or not? -- Having just read the the article about Farrah, I see that the info in this article is wrong. She was NEVER married to Ryan o'Neal. She married Lee Majors in 1973 and they divorced in 1982. Please fix this. (talk) 08:15, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Birth name[edit]

I'm finding conflicting information. On one hand, numerous sources report her birth name as Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett, while others say Ferrah Leni Fawcett. For the former, I can't see how that's correct, because she reportedly changed her name from Ferrah to Farrah later in life. Her bio on the Farrah Fawcett Foundation website says, "Born Ferrah Leni Fawcett [...] She later changed her name to Farrah."

Sources for Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett: PBS, CBS News, The Independent, 75 results for "Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett" on Google Books

Sources for Ferrah Leni Fawcett: The New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today (though sourcing is a little dubious), Smithsonian, 26 results for "Ferrah Leni Fawcett" on Google Books

Does anyone know anything definitive? Did she ever state her birth name in an interview or discuss changing her name? Melonkelon (talk) 10:24, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

I suppose I should've checked the archive first, as it's been discussed previously (Talk:Farrah Fawcett/Archive 1#Farrah's name), with no real consensus. It's supposedly listed as Ferrah Leni Fawcett in the Texas Birth Index. I think it might be safe to say that's correct. Melonkelon (talk) 10:30, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Since posting this, the Farrah Fawcett Foundation has updated her bio, and it now says, "Born Mary Ferrah Leni Fawcett [...] She later changed her name to Farrah." Interesting change. Melonkelon (talk) 08:14, 10 April 2015 (UTC)