Friday, June 26, 2009

“The Day the 70s Died”

Will June 25th be remembered as the day the 70s died? That’s what some social-media mavens were asking yesterday when two 1970s pop-culture icons passed away within hours of each other.

Former Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett, 62, died of complications resulting from the cancer she had been publicly battling for some time, while 1970s child star -- and publicly off-kilter adult -- Michael Jackson, 50, died of cardiac arrest, the direct result of an intentionally lethal drug overdose.

You don’t need to go far to find news stories on either icon. Or both. Of all the ones we saw, though, the most relevant to January’s readership (aside, of course, from J. Kingston Pierce’s delicate send-off of Fawcett, “An Angel Gets Her Wings”) was Amy Wallace’s piece on Fawcett for The Daily Beast. Wallace’s piece illustrates Fawcett’s little known “brainy side” as well as the star’s friendship with the writer Ayn Rand.
A recent e-mail exchange with the late Farrah Fawcett reveals the unlikely friendship between the Charlie's Angels star and the novelist Ayn Rand, who helped the actress understand her place in culture -- and longed to cast her in a TV version of Atlas Shrugged.
Wallace tells us several things “almost no one knew about Fawcett”:
1) Fawcett and the writer Ayn Rand shared a birthday, February 2.

2) Rand, the inventor of the philosophical system called Objectivism, never missed an episode of Charlie’s Angels. She was such a Fawcett fan, in fact, that she sought to cast the actress as the lead in a planned TV miniseries version of her best-known work, the gargantuan novel Atlas Shrugged. (NBC later scrapped the project).

3) Rand, perhaps better than anyone else, helped Fawcett understand her place in American culture.



Anonymous Enlightener said...

it has NOT been confirmed that it was a drug overdose, nor has it been confirmed it was intentional.

stop reporting bullshit without confirmation you stupid ignorant piece of fucking shit.

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 2:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

Jeez! Such viciousness. There's no call for that in the blogosphere, or anywhere else for that matter.


Friday, June 26, 2009 at 7:00:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Juanita Rose Violini said...

Totally agree with Jeff. One can simply ask for the source of information rather than going straight into attack mode.

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 7:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Actually, it kind of cracks me up that "Enlightener" has such a potty mouth. Better stop it or I'll get Enforcer and Enrichener after you. Or maybe Enobler would be a better choice in this situation.

In any case, it does now seem possible you are partially correct: it may not have been intentional, though it was almost certainly drug-related. One thing is not incorrect: regardless of how he died, he is, in fact, still dead.

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 8:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Clea Simon said...

At the very least, I'm curious to hear what the autopsy shows. I heard a statement by a Jackson family rep. on CNN last night saying that the family is not surprised, that they have felt he has been surrounded by enablers recently.

But don't let that one comment distract from the rest of this post: Ayn Rand and Farrah?!? I'm surprised! And yet, also, not.

That said, I did feel sad for her, to see that she'd been relegated to a tiny box on the NYT front, while Michael got four columns above the fold.

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 9:26:00 AM PDT  

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