Farrah Fawcett died of cancer earlier in the same day. News of her death was swamped by his. To many boys of the 1970s, Farrah Fawcett was the "it" girl, the ultimate hottie. Her star burst with the debut of "Charlie's Angels" in 1976, and her poster in a red swimsuit and all her feathered blond hair and perfect teeth was a massive seller. Despite several very serious (and even critically acclaimed) dramatic turns, she never won a major award for acting.
Many feel she saved her best for last. In a documentary called "Farrah's Story," Fawcett took her embarrassing diagnosis of terminal anal cancer and made it a cause. The sweetheart with the perfect smile insisted on filming the horror of her illness even as she vomited through treatments. The lady with the world's most famous head of hair insisted her shaved head be displayed. All pride and vanity was put aside. What was left was the stark wreckage of a disease-riddled body. In the end, Farrah Fawcett never looked lovelier.
In the special, played on NBC, Farrah displays a disarming optimism based on faith in God: "There's no room for despair," she exclaimed. "The devil makes you sick, God can heal you. I believe in Him, His power and His infinite wisdom. I know I must do my work also, but I cannot do it without his help. But I must never forget how blessed I have been. He has given me gifts and happiness beyond any of my simple expectations."
In numerous scenes, she is seen wearing a rosary; she clutches it in rough moments. Going into treatment, you could hear her whisper her Our Fathers.
Farrah Fawcett did everything humanly possible to save her life, while a deadly disease systematically destroyed her body. Staring death in the face, she used her one remaining asset -- her celebrity -- to help others, even if it meant humiliating herself on national television.
In the end, all of Michael Jackson's manifold blessings were squandered while he systematically destroyed himself.