Farrah’s most famous poster in a one-piece bathing suit was not supposed to happen that way. Bruce McBroom was set to shot the actress, then 29, in a bikini but Farrah liked the one-piece because it covered a scar she had gotten as a child.
The poolside shoot was inexpensive by today’s standards. Farrah did her hair with rollers. The backdrop wasn’t an expensive screen but rather an Indian blanket that had been in McBroom’s pickup truck.
The poster was soon a hit among teen boys across the United States. In the first four days it hit the market more than 12 million copies were sold.
Farrah owned the copyright of the image. Thirty years after the poster hit the market she said she was proud of the photo.
Newsday quotes the actress from 2006:
“I was a little self-conscious, probably because my smile is so big,” Farrah had said.
On June 25, Fawcett died after a long battle with cancer. The actress who burst on the scene in the 1970s in the television show Charlie’s Angels was 62.