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Author Topic: Farrah's Story  (Read 3202 times)

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Offline Texan38

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Farrah's Story
« on: May 16, 2009, 12:12:14 AM »
Did anyone else happen to catch 'Farrah's Story'?  I just finished watching it and, wow, it was such an honest, sad, inspirational and beautiful documentary of the rough journey she's gone and going through living with cancer.  Heartbreaking.
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Offline JeffInNYC

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2009, 01:48:07 AM »
It is absolutely heartbreaking that anyone has to go through that kind of hell.  Farrah is certainly an incredibly strong woman and I'm sure its that very strength and will that has gotten her this far.  She is without a doubt still a beautiful woman and in more ways than just her looks.

What particularly impressed me in the documentary was Ryan O'Neal. You can see his sense of humor come out at certain moments perhaps in an attempt to hold on to some sort of normalcy.  His commitment to and love for Farrah has been unwavering and it is obvious how incredibly painful this is for him.  I'm glad that he encouraged their son to get his life organized and pull himself together as a tribute to his mom.

Heartbreaking to say the least.

« Last Edit: May 16, 2009, 01:51:27 AM by JeffInNYC »

Offline Texan38

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009, 08:13:53 AM »
I didn't realize how much Ryan still loves Farrah. They are truly each others security.
The scene when they showed her son walk into her bedroom as the handcuffs are removed, he climbs into bed next to her and Ryan tells a bedridden Farrah to open her eyes to look at who was by her side, her response to Ryan not recognizing who her son was and her son crying - I lost it.  It was a flood gate of tears. I do think that's what he needed though to get his life back together.

She's an absolutely beautiful woman.
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Offline BT65

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 09:11:25 AM »
I'm completely pissed off at myself, because I fell asleep before it was over.  I had watched O'Neal being interviewed on the Today show throughout the week.  I wished I had been awake for the whole thing. >:(
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Offline Basquo

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2009, 11:10:08 AM »
You should be able to watch the whole thing on nbc.com later.  They have links up now but they're not working at the moment.  I really wanted to watch it last night but Santi didn't want to so I said I'd watch it later online.

Offline mecch

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2009, 02:44:05 PM »
Farrah is having a hard end!
Its nice that Ryan is so devoted, because I think the romantic relationship ended years ago. Thats what I read in the gossips. 
What is a bit "rich" is talking about what a strong woman she is... I mean there were years of drug abuse by her, and Ryan, and clearly her son was royally fucked by that.
She was wacked out for years.  Theatre friends in NY said she was in outer space.  We all saw the result in her bizarro talk show appearances and interviews in the 90's.

She was such a lovely icon though, in the 70's.  My senior prom date had that hair and sunny smiling personality. 

Well, god bless and I hope she goes peacefully enough. 
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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2009, 08:26:09 PM »
I don't know too many people in show biz who haven't had their problems with drugs (Judy Garland, for example).  That doesn't negate the type of person they are underneath that exterior.  It doesn't mean they're not good people either.  Really, "he who is without sin," and all that.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2009, 09:41:19 PM »
wut... so just because someone had a drug addiction and then cleaned themselves up they're excluded from ever being a strong person?  That's all which ways of a very fucked up statement, dear.  I'll take it a step further and say that the fact that she's already been to hell and back once and lived to tell about it is what has prepared her to deal with death in a manner under which others would wither.
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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2009, 10:48:20 AM »
Hi everybody, the documentary is really touchy and insprational and shocking..... it makes me wonder if i will have such strength when the moment arrive... and with her exemple i hope i will. She is a lady that neve gave up and made something wonderful out of these very hard moments.

As i am in latin america i found out the documentary online, here is the link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30749929/

In the image the first ones have a link saying "watch the whole documentary" or something like that, it takes you to the whole documentary divided into eleven chapters for you to see online. I am watching it since yesterday night.

God bless Farrah and may she rest in peace, happily, calmly and full of love.

Juan Carlos
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Offline Snowangel

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2009, 12:04:12 PM »
It is going to be on Oxygen today at 1:00.
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Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2009, 06:13:09 PM »
I read somewhere that when Farrah was a child other kids from her neighborhood would come over to her house not to play with her but just look at her because they thought she was so beautiful. I remember when I was a kid, I must have been like 12, there was a commercial with Farrah, I think it was for Wella Balsam shampoo or maybe it was for Ultra Brite toothpaste, this was before Charlie's Angels, and when I saw this commercial I thought she was the prettiest woman I'd ever seen, I just couldn't believe how beautiful she was.

I think the reason she came across as so beautiful was not only because of her physical beauty but she seemed to exude an inner beauty and sweetness, which hasn't diminished, even after being ravaged by cancer.

I recently saw on youtube that interview she gave on Letterman where she seemed high as a kite and even in that condition she was adorable, sexy and sweet.

Farrah on Letterman:


There's an interesting article in the LA TIMES about the producer who's suing claiming that Ryan and Alana Stewart finished the documentary in a way that Farrah explicitly had said she did not want. He also claims that Farrah had signed something giving him control of the documentary if she became too sick to finish it and that Ryan and Alana didn't honor that.

From the article (interesting in light of not only cancer but also HIV/AIDS):

Fawcett also wanted to explore controversial topics such as why certain experimental drugs are approved by the FDA for just one kind of cancer but not another. "She wants to know: Why do some medicines cost 10 times more in the United States than they do in Germany?" he says. "Aren't we limiting cancer treatment to the rich? 'Why aren't we encouraging mad-scientist thinking?' she likes to ask. Farrah wanted this TV special to have an impact. She wanted this to affect change in the medical world."


Note to Miss P:

Well said, above.
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Offline Catman

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2009, 06:34:47 PM »
 I could barely stop crying thoughout most of the documentary. All the pain and faltering hopes of a cure reminded me of my mothers experience with this dreadful disease. I am so glad she has Ryan and real friends to support her because she is really brave to film all this and show the true face of cancer and what it does. I sometimes think cancer is worse than aids but I guess they are both on the same track...I even saved the link to the doc because she inspired me to continue to be brave no matter what and to enjoy my days of living.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2009, 08:44:29 PM »
My partner just called me at work in tears because he saw the Farrah story. He has been through cancer twice, has major survivor guilt and I knew seeing that show would upset him. I was hoping because he was in India he would miss it. Damn reruns.

Offline randym431

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Re: Farrah's Story
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2009, 10:07:46 PM »
She had a great life. She was on the top of the wave. A lot of people silently go thru this type of thing every day. I knew a 23 year old lady that died of kidney cancer leaving two little kids and a husband behind. It can be better, it can be worse. I guess you just need to remember the times when you were on the top of that wave, and be thankful for them. I didn’t know Ryan had CML Leukemia and took Gleevec. Same with my other half. That gleevec costs $150 for ONE pill. $4500 a month. And it “may” actually cure CLM leukemia, they are not sure yet. Too new of a drug. It would be nice to have such a magic bullet for all cancer's AND hiv. Well I guess at least for hiv we pretty much do, except none that cure.


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