It’s been five years since Farrah Fawcett died of cancer at the age of 62, but the actress’s memory remains with us. Fawcett’s famous blond curls and Texas tan made her a ’70s icon, but her glamour was truly timeless.
“I celebrate the life of my beautiful, quirky, funny, brilliant friend Farrah today as I do every day,” costar Kate Jackson tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “Though I’m not in Los Angeles and won’t be able to attend the memorial, I will certainly be there in spirit and with love! Her memory is always with me, I carry her in my heart.”
Join us in remembering Fawcett’s legacy through five of our favorite clips from her decades-long career.
The Dating Game, 1969
One of Farrah’s first TV appearances saw the former beauty queen take part in this late-’60s dating show. (If you’re unfamiliar, it was essentially The Voice, but for making out.) Interestingly enough, the man she would choose bears a striking resemblance to her future partner, Ryan O’Neal.
Noxema Commercial, 1973
By the early ’70s, Farrah had won small roles in projects as varied as The Partridge Family and Myra Breckinridge, but she still took regular gigs as a commercial pitch woman, including this famous Super Bowl spot with Joe Namath that practically oozed sex.
Charlie’s Angels, 1976
Fawcett’s role as Jill Munroe in Charlie’s Angels was so iconic that it’s easy to forget the actress only appeared in a season and change of the series – just 29 episodes in all. But watch the clips on YouTube and it’s easy to see why the show made her a star. We’re particular fans of this action sequence, where Munroe evades capture with only the help of a skateboard (and stunt double).
Late Show with David Letterman, 1997
What is it about David Letterman that brings out the weirdness in stars? Before Dave entertained a catatonic Joaquin Phoenix (but after he’d been flashed by Drew Barrymore), the TV host made polite chit-chat with a notably loopy Fawcett during an appearance to promote her pay-per-view special, All of Me. The spot was so infamous that Fawcett spent nearly the entirety of her 1999 visit to Letterman’s couch rehashing it.
The Emmys, 2006
In her last public appearance, Farrah reunited with Angels costars Jackson and Jaclyn Smith to pay tribute to the show’s producer Aaron Spelling, who had passed away a few months before. Three years later, Fawcett received her own posthumous Emmy honor when she was nominated for producing the documentary Farrah’s Story.
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• Reporting by JOHNNY DODD