CINEMA

Fawcett did not have an easy transition into mainstream theatrical releases. Her first film was Love is a Funny Thing in 1969. Later Farrah was to have a co-star billing with Chevy Chase playing the part Goldie Hawn played in Foul Play but because of the legal battle after exiting Charlie's Angels Farrah was out. Farrah's first three films after leaving Angels: Somebody Killed Her Husband, SUNBURN and Saturn 3, did not help her with critics or audiences. One critic wrote that Somebody Killed Her Husband was Somebody Killed Her Career, SunBurn further scorched it and Saturn 3 shot it out into space! Fawcett later commented to Johnny Carson that Saturn 3 was originally titled The Helper and the script was very different before they started shooting. "I don't know what happened," says Fawcett adding, "Originally it was about a robot who falls in love because he feels what the man who built him felt." Fawcett on acting and image once said, “I don't think an actor ever wants to establish an image. That certainly hurt me, and yet that is also what made me successful and eventually able to do more challenging roles.”  It was not until a string of television films boosted her as an actor with grit and capability that Fawcett found better work in films such as EXTREMITIESSee You in the Morning and The Apostle. Fawcett did go on to become a four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee.

From Wikipedia:

Academy Awards' omission

In March 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upset family and friends of Fawcett when she was excluded from the "In Memoriam" montage at the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony. The inclusion of Michael Jackson in the montage, someone who was not primarily known for his film roles, only added to the controversy. Friends and colleagues of Fawcett, including Tatum O'Neal, Jane Fonda and film critic Roger Ebert, publicly expressed their outrage at the oversight.

AMPAS executive director Bruce Davis noted that Fawcett had been recognized for her "remarkable television work" at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2009. On the exclusion, he said: "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."

Love is a Funny Thing

Un homme qui me plaît

(original title)

A composer (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and a French film star (Annie Girardot), each married to another, fall in love in America and have an affair. With Farrah Fawcett as Patricia.

Initial release: December 3, 1969 (France)
Director: Claude Lelouch
Music composed by: Francis Lai
Screenplay: Claude Pinoteau, Pierre Uytterhoeven
Producers: Claude Lelouch, Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers

Myra Breckinridge

Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) flies to Europe to get a sex-change operation and is transformed into the beautiful Myra (Raquel Welch). She travels to Hollywood, meets up with her rich Uncle Buck (John Huston) and, claiming to be Myron's widow, demands money. Instead, Buck gives Myra a job in his acting school. There, Myra meets aspiring actor Rusty (Roger Herren) and his girlfriend, Mary Ann (Farrah Fawcett). With Myra as catalyst, the trio begin to outrageously expand their sexual horizons.
Release date: June 24, 1970 (USA)
Director: Mike Sarne
Story by: Gore Vidal
Box office: 4 million USD (US/ Canada)
Screenplay: Gore Vidal, Mike Sarne, David Giler

Logan's Run

In the year 2274, young residents enjoy an idyllic, hedonistic lifestyle with a general belief that when each person turns 30, they are reincarnated. Those who flee become "runners" and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When law enforcement officer Logan (Michael York) goes undercover to locate the refuge, he winds up instead trying to initiate a revolution with runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter) with Farrah Fawcett as Holly and Richard Jordan as Francis.

June 23, 1976

Michael Anderson

$9 M

Special Achievement Award (Visual Effects - won), Cinematography, Art Direction

Somebody Killed Her Husband

A Macy's toy clerk (Jeff Bridges) and his Manhattan lover (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) find her husband with a kitchen knife in his back.

Initial release: September 29, 1978
Director: Lamont Johnson
Budget: 5.1 million USD
Screenplay: Reginald Rose
Nominations: Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Sunburn

Dekker, an insurance investigator, is hired to probe a $5 million claim on a wealthy industrialist killed in Acapulco. He hires Ellie, a naïve but beautiful model to pose as his wife and soon discovers a web of international intrigue.

Initial release: August 10, 1979
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Based on: The Bind; by Stanley Ellin
Music composed by: John Cameron
Screenplay: James Booth, John Daly

Saturn 3

A couple of space-station dwellers are menaced by a scientist and his amorous android. The robot is dismantled but soon finds a way of putting his parts back in the right order and continuing his quest.
Release date: February 15, 1980 (USA)
Directors: Stanley Donen, John Barry
Budget: 10 million USD
Production design: Stuart Craig
Box office: 9 million USD (US)
Release date: June 19, 1981 (USA)
Director: Hal Needham
Screenplay: Brock Yates
Budget: US$16–18 million
Music composed by: Al Capps

THE CANNONBALL RUN

From Widpedia The Cannonball Run is a 1981 comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett, and was directed by Hal Needham. It was produced by Hong Kong's Golden Harvest films. There were two sequels, 1984's Cannonball Run II and 1989's Speed Zone! The latter was also known as Cannonball Fever.

The Box Office
The film earned $72,179,579. According to the Box Office Mojo web site, Cannonball Run was the sixth-highest grossing film of 1981, behind Raiders of the Lost Ark, On Golden Pond, Superman II, Arthur and Stripes.

Release date: August 22, 1986 (USA)
Director: Robert M. Young
Box office: 13.42 million USD
Screenplay: William Mastrosimone
Initial DVD release: April 16, 2002

EXTREMITIES

After narrowly escaping an attempted rape, Marjorie (Fawcett) is haunted by the fact that her attacker (James Russo) knows where she lives. But when he appears on her doorstep and subjects her to a non-stop barrage of physical and mental assaults, Marjorie manages to disarm and capture him.

Filled with fear and hostility, she conspires with her roommates (Diana Scarwid and Alfre Woodard) to take the law into their own hands. But as her rage consumes her, Marjorie shocks her friends with a proposal that challenges the perilously thin line between justice and vengeance.

Extremities was released in 1986 starring Farrah Fawcett, Alfre Woodard, Diana Scarwid, and James Russo.

It was adapted from the successful, yet controversial, 1982 Broadway play by William Mastrosimone. Both Fawcett and Russo appeared in the play

CAST: Jeff Bridges, Alice Krige, Farrah Fawcett, Linda Lavin, Frances Sternhagen, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, Macaulay Culkin

Initial release: 1989
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Box office: 4.795 million USD (USA)
Budget: 11 million USD
Screenplay: Alan J. Pakula

See You In The Morning

Three years after his divorce from his (Jeff Bridges) model-wife (Farrah Fawcett) is the psychologist Larry Livingstone ready for a new commitment. He falls in love with the young widow Beth (Alice Krige) who has two children. But Beth and the children are still in mourning over their dead husband and father and Larry finds it a bit difficult to penetrate their reservations. Larry himself has to deal with his ex-wife and his love for his own two kids. Slowly both Beth and the children realise that they have to go on with their lives and that they have been giving a second chance.

Man of the House

From Wikipedia: Man of the House is a 1995 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Farrah Fawcett and Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The film is about a boy (Thomas) who must come to terms with his potential stepfather (Chase), a well-meaning lawyer who is unknowingly the subject of a manhunt by relatives of a man he helped land in prison. It was shot in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Release Date: 3 March 1995 (USA)
Director: Stephen Herek
Box office: 21.6 million USD
Budget: 40 million USD
Screenplay: John J. McLaughlin, Scott Lobdell, Robert Ramsey

Initial release: 1997
Director: Michael Goldberg
Screenplay: Craig Shoemaker

The Lovemaster

A stand-up comic (Craig Shoemaker) bemoans his lack of success with women (Farrah Fawcett, Courtney Thorne-Smith) to a therapist.

Shoemaker wrote, produced and starred in the cult classic Totally Baked and his movie The LoveMaster, won the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

As an author he has a best selling book, LoveMaster'd A Digital Journey to Love & Happiness, is critically acclaimed by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Dr. Drew Pinsky, inspiring readers worldwide in managing through personal difficulties.

In 2003, he founded LaughterHeals.org, a nonprofit group dedicated to using laughter as a healing modality.

The Apostle

Farrah Fawcett, per Robert Duvall, is one of America's most underrated Actor's. Critics and the public agreed because her performance in "The Apostle" is noted as one of her best. Industry insiders wanted Fawcett nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

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Written, directed, and personally financed by Robert Duvall, The Apostle was the culmination of a 14-year effort on the part of its creator, who also stars as the dynamic, God-fearing Texas preacher Euliss "Sonny" Dewey. Vibrantly authentic with its use of real gospel preachers and extras carefully selected from parishes of the deep South, the film treats its complicated characters with the kind of compassion and moral complexity mainstream Hollywood wouldn't dare muster. This is especially true in the case of Sonny, who responds to his wife's infidelity with a crime of passion that sends him on a new and uncharted quest for redemption. Under the assumed identity of "The Apostle E.F.," he settles in a tiny Louisiana town to revive an old church, where he undergoes a transformation of spirit and purpose that enlivens his community. But will the law catch up to him? Does he deserve to be punished? Fueled by Duvall's powerhouse performance, The Apostle refuses to praise or condemn its fascinating central character, leaving the proper degree of forgiveness up to the viewer. Further graced with superb performances by Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, and Billy Bob Thornton, the film is clearly Duvall's labor of love. The Collector's Edition DVD features a full-length commentary by Duvall and The Journey of the Apostle, a documentary featurette about the making of the film. --Jeff Shannon

From The New Yorker

Produced, written, and directed by its star, Robert Duvall, this film addresses without condescension or glibness a subject-religious conviction-that Hollywood generally caricatures. Duvall plays Sonny, a charismatic Pentecostal preacher who dresses in white three-piece suits and has so antagonized his wife (Farrah Fawcett) with his philandering that she's taken up with a younger minister and wrested control of his church. After bashing his rival with a baseball bat, Sonny leaves Texas and shows up in Bayou Boutte, Louisiana, where he rebuilds a church and infuses his mostly black congregants with spiritual ardor before his past catches up with him. Duvall's performance is so passionate, so energized, that it's almost eerie: is Sonny acting him or is he acting Sonny? The supporting players include John Beasley, June Carter Cash, Miranda Richardson, and Billy Bob Thornton. -Daphne Merkin Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

Product Description

He spent his life trying to be a good man. But beneath the virtue and the conviction that made him a successful preacher lie true human emotions-lust desire and rage. A preacher whose honest conviction won him the respect of a town until one day he commits a crime of passion. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca)

Release date: October 9, 1997 (USA)
Director: Robert Duvall
Screenplay: Robert Duvall
Box office: 21.28 million USD

Awards

Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1998 · Robert Duvall
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1998 · Robert Duvall
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1998 · Robert Duvall
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
1998 · Robert Duvall
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1997 · Robert Duvall
Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature
1998 · Rob Carliner

Dr. T & The Women

Dr. Sullivan Travis is a man at the top of his game, a rich and successful Dallas gynecologist whose "religion" is women. Dr. T. worships women. In his immediate family and in his office, they surround him. He is loving and giving to each and every one at all times -- he is their savior. And sure enough, as in the story of Job, one day a higher force decides to test his faith. Once a man in complete control of his universe, Dr. T. now finds himself buffeted by chaos and confusion.
Release date: October 13, 2000 (USA)
Director: Robert Altman
Budget: 12 million USD
Costume design: Dona Granata

Nominations

Golden Lion* Robert Altman
Volpi Cup for Best Actress*
Volpi Cup for Best Actor*
Grand Jury Prize* Robert Altman
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy 2001 · Richard Gere
Marcello Mastroianni Award*
Silver Lion for Best Director* · Robert Altman
Golden Osella*

(2000*)

The Cookout

College basketball player Todd Anderson (Storm P) signs a $30 million deal with the New Jersey Nets and promptly moves to a wealthy suburb. His mother (Jenifer Lewis), however, insists that Todd remain connected to his humbler roots. So Todd decides to hold a good old-fashioned cookout at his new mansion. But this turns out to be more difficult than he expected, and his old friends and relatives clash with the sophisticated characters that have recently come into his life.

CAST: Ja Rule, Tim Meadows, Jenifer Lewis, Quaran Pender, Jonathan Silverman, Meagan Good, Farrah Fawcett, Ruperto Vanderpool, Frankie Faison, Vincent Pastore, Kevin Phillips, Danny Glover, Queen Latifah

Initial release: September 3, 2004
Director: Lance Rivera
Box office: 12.01 million USD
Producer: Queen Latifah
Music composed by: Camara Kambon
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