Between Two Women
Farrah Fawcett and Colleen Dewhurst star as, respectively, a domineering ex-opera star and a shy schoolteacher. The ads for the film suggested that Michael Nouri plays Dewhurst’s son, incurring his mother’s wrath when he marries Fawcett. Dewhurst’s unwarranted interference destroy her son’s marriage—but it is Fawcett who compassionately rushes to her mother-in-law’s bedside when the older woman suffers a debilitating stroke. First telecast March 10, 1986, Between Two Women was based on Gillian Martin’s novel Living Arrows. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Between Two Women is one of my favorite Fawcett performances. She starts the film as a young woman in love with an artist played by Nouri. From the first meeting with Dewhurst, Fawcett finds herself in a battle that baffles her throughout their years together. This film is strong on so many levels. First the relationship played out between Dewhurst and Fawcett is as real as any you may find in any home. It is a strong and moving film which lets Fawcett play and emote every range of emotion from complete frustration to compassionate care giver.
From Wixpedia.com; Jon Avnet wrote (with screenwriter Larry Grusin) and directed the TV-movie Between Two Women in 1986 (ABC) starring Farrah Fawcett (once again) and Colleen Dewhurst. Dewhurst (whose work was nominated 12 times and won four Emmy’s) won the Emmy in 1986 for her work in this film.
The Burning Bed
A non-fiction book by Faith McNulty about a battered Dansville, Michigan housewife, Francine Hughes. After thirteen years of domestic abuse, she set her husband aflame while he slept on March 9, 1977.
The location of the house that was burned down is still visible in Dansville to this day. Hughes told her children to put on their coats and wait in the car. She then started a fire with gasoline poured around her sleeping husband’s bed. The house burst into flames as she and the children drove to the local police station to confess.
After going to trial in Lansing, Hughes was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a jury of her peers. The book by Faith McMulty was made into a TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett, which aired on the NBC network in 1984. Lyn Hardy, a folk singer, wrote a song, entitled The Ballad of Francine Hughes about the same event. It subsequently went platinum.
Fawcett achieved critical praise and her first of three Emmy Award nominations as a serious actress for her role as a battered wife in the 1984 television movie The Burning Bed.
The Burning Bed was a critical success for Fawcett. The television movie was the first to have a 1.800 number for victims of abuse hotline as the movie concluded. It was also one of the highest watched television movies.
Farrah Fawcett in Extremities off broadway. For more on Farrah, her career and her life visit myfarrah.com.
Charlie’s Angels first season Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Jaclyn Smith.
The Mattel Black Label Farrah Fawcett version 1.0 commissioned by myfarrah.com from Noel Cruz of ncruz.com. Noel not only restyled the Mattel Black Label Farrah Fawcett and repainted her but also took these photos. Graphics and websites by stevemckinnis.com.
RuPaul’s legendary words still ring true, “YOU BETTA WORK!” Author, Actor and Television Star this Ru will not sashay away. Fashioned into a doll by Jason Wu and repainted, restyled and photographed by artist Noel Cruz. This glamazon rules the doll world too. RuPaul is part of the myfarrah.com Noel Cruz Collection and you can see more of his work at ncruz.com. Graphics and websites by stevemckinnis.com.
Farrah photos from early to the last. Visit myfarrah.com for more about Fawcett and her career.