Farrah Fawcett’s memory


Farrah Fawcett’s memorial omitted by the Academy



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


My mother taught me that if you make a mistake, own up to it, make it right if you can, and then move on. Obviously the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences believes otherwise. However they admit that the omission of Farrah Fawcett in their memorial at this years Oscar ceremonies was not an error.


“I would not say that it was an oversight,” Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told E! News. “No matter how carefully and how conscientiously people address who is included, there are people who just simply can’t be.”


I agree, it is impossible to include every entertainment personality that has passed on during the previous year. But some inclussions to me seem to be a no-brainer — and Farrah Fawcett is one of them.


I’m the first to admit that I was not a huge fan of Charlie’s Angels — but I get it. But once Farrah left and moved into television and film, I became an admirer — The Burning Bed (1984), Extremities (1986), Poor Little Rich Girl (1987) all cemented her place in film history. And her fight to beat the cancer that finally took her life earned her the admiration of people around the world.


The Academy can’t be shocked by today’s reaction to their oversight —  they had to know some kind of response would be forthcoming. Farrah’s longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal said of the omission:


“Farrah was a member of the Academy for over 40 years and we could not believe she did not get a mention. It was a terrible decision and very hurtful,” he said. O’Neal added that he and his daughter Tatum O’Neal plan to write to the Academy asking for an explanation. 


Others shared the disappointment. Oscar winner, Jane Fonda wrote, “Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included.”


Film critic Roger Ebert wrote via Twitter: “Major fail. … No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do.”


But according to Ms. Unger, no apology or explanation is forthcoming. That’s okay. I have a feeling that by the end of the week, Ms. Unger will be forgotten, but Farrah will endure in the memories of her fans for years to come. In any case, click below for a brief photo tribute. Rest in peace, Angel!






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5 Responses to “Farrah Fawcett’s memory”

  1. normadesmond says:

    whoever “hollywood” is, he/she may wax poetic about the past, but they couldn’t care less. all they’re concerned about is miley cyrus and her like. feh.

  2. Mark M. says:

    I absolutely agree with you. She absolutely should have been included. Yes, she was more well known as a TV star, but she did appear in a bunch of films — even some good ones — and she was a 40-year member of the Academy.

    I’ve read that the Academy people said they had to limit the total number of people to 30. So, if they included Farrah, they would have to leave someone else out. OK, here’s a suggestion — how about Michael Jackson? Sure, he was a big star, but he was a singer, not an actor. How many movies was he in? Anything besides “The Wiz”? (And “Captain EO” doesn’t count.)

  3. fabio says:

    since Farrah was a former presenter at the awards, it´s a shame that she wasn’t included, as happened to the late Peggy Lee, whose carrer spanned almost 50 years and was forgetten by the Academy.

  4. Iona Tokahere says:

    I am also disgusted that she was not included in the remembrance list as well, I have always been a fan of hers since I was 16yrs old, I am now 52 yrs young, and still admire and respect her. She will always be remembered as a very beautiful soul.

  5. Anne says:

    I agree with the above noted comments. Farrah was a talented performer ,her courage during the last years of her life was admirable.

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