Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit Now a Museum Piece
The red swimsuit that Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett wore in her iconic 1976 poster has joined president Abraham Lincoln's top hat and Superman's cape at a Smithsonian Institution museum in Washington.
The one-piece suit, along with an original copy of the poster of Fawcett beaming at the camera, were among half a dozen "Farrah" objects donated Wednesday to the National Museum of American History by Fawcett's long-time partner actor Ryan O'Neal and her nephew Greg Walls.
"She was one of a kind," an emotional O'Neal at the signing ceremony, held on what would have been Fawcett's 64th birthday.
The actress with the legendary blonde locks and broad smile died two years ago after a long battle with cancer.
"She had an energy and an aura that I had never seen before and have not seen since. She was magnificent," O'Neal told a small group of Fawcett's friends and relatives who had traveled to Washington for the ceremony, including O'Neal's actress daughter Tatum and his son with Fawcett, Redmond.
The poster of Fawcett -- whose fresh-faced innocence helped counter her undeniably provocative pose in the photo -- was shot by photographer Bruce McBroom months before Charlie's Angels made its TV debut in September 1976, rocketing Fawcett and her co-stars Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson to fame.
Six months after the show began airing, the poster had sold five million copies. Today, 12 million copies of the poster have been sold.
"I don't think Farrah realized the impact that poster would have on the world," O'Neal said.
A Farrah Fawcett doll and jigsaw puzzle, an original "Farrah's Glamour Center" toy, a Time Magazine cover featuring all three Charlie's Angels, a copy of TV Guide's "Farrah Phenomenon" issue, and a leather-bound book of her scripts for the show that made her a star were also donated to the museum.