GLAAD Nominees for Best of Media Awards 2013

Today, GLADD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) announced their nominees for the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards.North-Sea-Texas-0003

Here is the list for Film and Television:


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • ParaNorman (Focus Features)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)
  • Your Sister’s Sister (IFC Films)


  • Any Day Now (Music Box Films)
  • Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
  • Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing)
  • Musical Chairs (Paladin)
  • North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing)Musical_Chairs_3


  • Degrassi (TeenNick)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • The L.A. Complex (The CW)
  • Smash (NBC)
  • True Blood (HBO)


  • Glee (Fox)
  • Go On (NBC)
  • Happy Endings (ABC)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • The New Normal (NBC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE (in a series without a regular LGBT character)any_day_now_ver2

  • “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do,” Raising Hope (Fox)
  • “Family Matters,” Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
  • “L’Affaire Du Coeur,” Franklin & Bash (TNT)
  • “Lost and Found,” Touch (Fox)
  • “Ruby Slippers,” The Mentalist (CBS)


  • American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  • Hit and Miss (DirecTV)
  • Political Animals (USA)


  • Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (First Run Features)
  • Codebreaker (TODpix)
  • Hit So Hard (Variance Films)55462_p_m
  • How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
  • Vito (HBO)


  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • “It Is What It Is” Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC)
  • The Real L Word (Showtime)
  • Small Town Security (AMC)
  • “Welcome to Hollywood,” Pregnant in Heels (Bravo)


  • “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins,” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)
  • “Autoshop Restores Bullied Gay Student’s Car for Free,” The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
  • “Bishop Gene Robinson,” The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • “The Husband Who Is Now a Woman and the Daughter Who Is Now a Son,” The Jeff Probst Show (syndicated)keep_the_lights_on
  • “Marriage Equality,” The Suze Orman Show (CNBC)


  • The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
  • Days of Our Lives (NBC)

Winners of Golden Globe Awards for 2012

Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their winners for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Argo-INTL-MAIN-QUAD-1


Best Picture, Drama:

 Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Director:

 Best Actor, Drama:

Best Actress, Drama:

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:

 Best Supporting Actor:

 Best Supporting Actress:

 Best Screenplay:

Best Foreign Language Film:

Best Animated Feature Film:

 Best Original Song:

 Best Original Score:


Best Television Series – Dramahomeland

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

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 Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

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 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Writers Guild Award Nominations for 2012

The Writers Guild announced their annual award nominations on Friday, January 4. There were very few surprises.flight-movie-poster1

Original Screenplay Nominees:

Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

 Documentary Screenplay Nominees:936full-searching-for-sugar-man-poster

 Dramatic Series Nominees:

 Comedy Series Nominees:

New Series Nominees:

Comedy/Variety Series Nominees:

Episodic Drama Nominees:

 Episodic Comedy Nominees:

 Long Form – Original Nominees:

Long Form – Adaptation Nominees:

Best Television Shows of 2012

Here are my picks for the top Television Dramas of 2012:twd-s3-key-art-796-1176

  1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  2. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  3. Once Upon A Time (ABC)
  4. Mad Men (AMC)
  5. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  6. Dexter (Showtime)
  7. American Horror Story (FX)
  8. True Blood (HBO)
  9. 666 Park Avenue (ABC)
  10. Fringe (Fox)
  11. Smash (NBC)
  12. Grimm (NBC)
  13. Awake (NBC)
  14. The Good Wife (CBS)
  15. The Mentalist (CBS)
  16. Supernatural (CW)game-of-thrones-poster
  17. The River (ABC)
  18. Dallas (TNT)
  19. Arrow (CW)
  20. Revolution (NBC)

Here are my picks for the top Television Comedies of 2012:

  1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  2. Modern Family (ABC)
  3. Community (NBC)
  4. Girls (HBO)
  5. The New Normal (NBC)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. Glee (Fox)
  8. Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC)
  9. 30 Rock (NBC)
  10. Happy Endings (ABC)99109-once-upon-a-time-once-upon-a-time-poster
  11. New Girl (Fox)
  12. Cougar Town (ABC/TBS)
  13. Desperate Housewives (ABC)
  14. GCB (ABC)
  15. The Simpsons (Fox)
  16. Go On (NBC)
  17. How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
  18. The Office (NBC)
  19. Raising Hope (Fox)
  20. Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Every year, Metacritic also tallies the critics top picks for the best television shows of the year and compiles a list of the what critics say are the best.

Here is their list for 2012:

  1. Breaking Bad (AMC)
  2. Mad Men (AMC)78f61f66b187595520bc0e0
  3. Homeland (Showtime)
  4. Louie (FX)
  5. Girls (HBO)
  6. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
  7. Game of Thrones (HBO)
  8. The Walking Dead (AMC)
  9. Parenthood (NBC)
  10. Sherlock (PBS)
  11. 30 Rock (NBC)
  12. Justified (FX)
  13. The Good Wife (CBS)
  14. American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  15. Luck (HBO)
  16. Nashville (ABC)
  17. Happy Endings (ABC)
  18. Downton Abbey (PBS)
  19. Community (NBC)
  20. Treme (HBO)
  21. New Girl (Fox)
  22. Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Today, the Hollywood Foreign Press announced their nominations for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Lincoln leads with seven nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Argo and Django Unchained each scored five nominations, while Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables, each earned four.

Here are the nominations:Argo


Best Picture, Drama:

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy:

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director:django-unchained-poster

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg,  Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor, Drama:

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Richard Gere, Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress, Drama:

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bonelife_of_pi_movie_poster_1
  • Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy:

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy:

  • Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie Smith, Quartet
  • Meryl Streep, Hope Springslincoln-movie-poster

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Screenplay:

  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirtyzero_dark_thirty_ver3_xlg
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O’Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Chris Terrio, Argo

Foreign Language Film:

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • The Intouchables
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Rust and Bone

Best Animated Feature Film:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Rise of the GuardiansBest Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song:

  • “For You” – Act of Valor
  • “Not Running Anymore” – Stand Up Guys
  • “Safe & Sound” – The Hunger Games
  • “Skyfall” –  Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” – Les Miserables

Best Original Score:

  • Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
  • John Williams, Lincoln


Best Television Series, Drama:

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Downton Abbey: Season 2
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Episodes
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • Smash

Best Miniseries or Television Movie:

  • Game Changemoonrise_kingdom_ver2
  • The Girl
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • The Hour
  • Political Animals

Best Actor, Television Drama:

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress, Television Drama:

  • Connie Briton, Nashville
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton AbbeySalmon Fishing One Sheet_SalmonFishing_OneSheet
  • Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Actor, Television Comedy or Musical:

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress, Television Comedy or Musical:

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Actor, Television Movie or Mini-Series:SilverLiningsPlaybook

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Toby Jones, The Girl
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Actress, Television Movie or Mini-Series:

  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Sienna Miller, The Girl
  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Danny Huston, Magic City
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
  • Archi Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Sarah Paulson, Game Change
  • Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Today, the Screen Actors Guild announced their 2012 award nominations for film and television. Argo

Here are the nominations:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • John Hawkes – The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Denzel Washington – FlightBest Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Oustanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:Les-Miserables-2012-Movie-Poster

  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy
  • Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis – Homeland

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Claire Danes – Homelandlincoln-movie-poster
  • Michelle Dockery – Downton Abbey
  • Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Asylum
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Ty Burrell – Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
  • Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Sofia Vergara – Modern FamilySilverLiningsPlaybook
  • Betty White – Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Kevin Costner – Hatfields & McCoys
  • Woody Harrelson – Game Change
  • Ed Harris – Game Change
  • Clive Own – Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Bill Paxton – Hatfield & McCoys

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Nicole Kidman – Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Julianne Moore – Game Change
  • Charlotte Rampling – Restless
  •  Sigourney Weaver – Political Animals
  • Alfre Woodard – Steel Magnolias

American Film Institute’s Top 10 Movies and Television Shows of 2012

Yesterday, the American Film Institute announced their selections for the top 10 movies and television shows of 2010.Argo

The complete list of this year’s selections can be found below.

AFI Movies of the Year
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

AFI TV Programs of the Year
American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game Change
Game of Thrones
Mad Men
Modern Family
The Walking Dead

Best of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Scary, witty, funny and poignant, Buffy the Vampire Slayer  tells the story of Buffy, a girl who wants to be normal but struggles with a powerful destiny. It is truly a groundbreaking television program — well written and directed — it uses the supernatural occurrences as metaphors for its coming of age story lines. Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also spawned a whole generation of similar programs with supernatural coming of age stories. 

In order, here are my favourite episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer:

 #1: Hush, Season 4, Episode 10 (1999): 

The Gentlemen, evil creatures from a fairy tale, first steal the voices of everyone in Sunnydale and then seek to kill them by removing their hearts.

A truly creepy and frightening episode, as the victims are unable to cry out for help.

Can’t even shout, can’t even cry
The gentlemen are coming by
Looking in windows, knocking on doors
They need to take seven and they might take yours
Can’t call to mom, can’t say a word
You’re gonna die screaming but you won’t be heard.

 #2 Innocence, Season 2, Episode 14 (1998): 

After Buffy loses her virginity to Angel, Angel loses his soul from experiencing a moment of true happiness and lashes out with cruelty. 

The story becomes a metaphor for the experience of growing up and the feelings around discovering your sexuality. 

Angelus: You got a lot to learn about men, kiddo. Although I guess you proved that last night.

#3 The Body, Season 5, Episode 16 (2001):

Buffy must deal with the unexpected death of their mother.

A truly heartbreaking depiction as the audience also experiences Buffy’s numbness and shock at losing someone close.  

Buffy: She’s cold. 911 Operator: The body is cold? Buffy: No, my mom!

#4 Restless, Season 4, Episode 22 (2000):

Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles have nightmares in which they are pursued by the same mysterious figure.

One of the most fascinating and realistic depictions of how surreal, comical and horrifying our dream worlds are like.

I have no speech, no name. I live in the action of death. The blood cry, the penetrating wound. I am destruction, absolute, alone.

#5 Once More, with Feeling, Season 6, Episode 7 (2001): 

Everyone in Sunnydale is under a spell that causes them to burst into full musical numbers through which they reveal their innermost secrets.

I wonderful mash-up of two seemingly disparate genres — musical horror — that works with unexpectedly fun and poignant results. 

Sweet: What a lot of fun
You guys have been real swell.
And there’s not a one
Who can say this ended well.
All those secrets you’ve been concealing.
Say you’re happy now
Once more with feeling.
Now I gotta run.
See you all
In Hell.

#6 Passion, Season 2, Episode 17 (1998): 

As Jenny Calendar searches for a way to restore Angel’s soul, Angel steps up his torment of Buffy and her friends with tragic results.

This is one of the most tragically unsettling episodes in the series — revealing a world where no one is safe.

Angelus: Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping…waiting…and though unwanted…unbidden…it will stir…open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us…guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. the joy of love…the clarity of hatred…and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d truly be dead.

# 7 Normal Again, Season 6, Episode 17 (2002): 

Buffy realizes that she is in a mental asylum and that her whole life has all been really playing out in her delusional mind … or has is it?

The episode focuses on Buffy’s desire to lead a normal life away from all the supernatural drama and violence. Here, she has to make the difficult choice of which reality she wants to stay in.

Buffy: I was in an institution. There were doctors, and nurses and other patients, they told me that I was sick… I guess crazy. And that Sunnydale and all of this, none of it was real.  Xander: Oh, come on, that’s ridiculous! What, you think this isn’t real just because of all the vampires, and demons, and ex-vengeance demons, and the sister that used to be a big ball of universe-destroying energy? 

 #8 The Wish, Season 3, Episode 9 (1998):

Cordelia thinks that Buffy is the cause of all her problems and wishes that Buffy had never come to Sunnydale, plunging Cordelia into an alternate Universe where vampires control the town.

This episode is a fun and twisted take on It’s A Wonderful Life.

Giles: Cordelia Chase. What did she wish for? Anyanka: I had no idea her wish would be so exciting! ‘Brave new world.’ I hope she likes it.

 #9 Killed by Death, Season 2, Episode 18 (1998):

While hospitalized with a severe flu, Buffy battles a demon that sucks the life out of sick children.

Next to Hush, this is the most creepy and terrifying episode in the series.

Ryan: He comes at night. The grown-ups don’t see him. He was with Tina. He’ll come back for us. Buffy: Who? Ryan:

#10 Tabula Rasa, Season 6, Episode 8 (2001): 

Willow casts a spell that accidentally causes everyone to forget who they are.

This is a very funny episode, as each person has to re-invent and re-discover themselves with comic consequences.

Giles: [now under the impression he and Spike are father and son] What did I name you, anyway? Spike: [reads a label in his coat] “Made with care for Randy”. [horrified] Randy Giles!?  Why didn’t you just call me “Horny Giles”, or “Desperate-for-a-Shag Giles”!? I knew there was a reason I hated you!

Best Scary Television Series of All-Time

I remember when I was a little child, I would sneak into the house and watch the Canadian supernatural soap opera series Strange Paradise, despite my mother telling me I was too young to watch something that scary. This started my love of watching scary television shows, including Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Here are my favourite Scary Television Series of all-time:

  1. The X Files (1993-2002)
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003)
  3. Dexter (2006-Present)
  4. Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
  5. The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
  6. True Blood (2008-Present)
  7. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1961)
  8. The Walking Dead (2010-Present)
  9. Night Gallery (1969-1973)
  10. Fringe (2008-Present)
  11. Supernatural (2005-Present)
  12. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975)
  13. Carnivàle (2003-2005)
  14. Angel (1999-2004)
  15. Haven (2010-2011)
  16. The Outer Limits (1963-1965)
  17. Medium (2005-2011)
  18. Millennium (1996-1999)
  19. The Dead Zone (2002-2007)
  20. American Gothic (1995-1996)
  21. The Others (2000)
  22. FreakyLinks (2000-2001)
  23. Happy Town (2010)
  24. Goosebumps (1995-1998)
  25. Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1991-1996)
  26. Eerie, Indiana (1991-1992)
  27. The Gates (2010)
  28. Kingdom Hospital (2004)
  29. Ghost Whisperer (2005-2010)
  30. Bedlam (2011)
  31. Harper’s Island (2009)
  32. Point Pleasant (2005-2006)
  33. Wolf Lake (2001-2002)
  34. Strange Paradise (1969-1970)
Ones I have not seen, but have heard good buzz around include:
  1. One Step Beyond (1959-1961)
  2. Ghost Story (1972-1973)
  3. The Sixth Sense (1972)
  4. The Evil Touch (1973-1974)
  5. Tales of the Unexpected (1977)

Best of Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett, who passed away in 2009, will always be remembered as a cultural icon.  Her public persona took on a life of its own and her popular brand came to represent the trends of the 1970s.  Luminous and effervescent, she was the golden girl whose smile charmed the world.  Her breakout role as Jill Monroe in the 1970s television hit Charlie’s Angels brought her into the homes and hearts of millions. In the decade of the feminist movement, Charlie’s Angels was the first detective series to feature three female leads. Around the same time, Farrah’s poster in a red bathing suit was also a huge hit and became the #1 selling poster of all time. Her trademark hairstyle was copied by thousands of woman and girls, as her image graced the cover of a multitude of magazines. She epitomized the strong yet feminine career woman of the 1970s—sexy, fun and athletic. The picture of health and beauty, Farrah Fawcett is in my top ten list of iconic television actresses whose brand represented the ‘Me Generation’ gestalt of the 1970s.

In the 1980s, she re-invented herself on the stage, screen and television as a serious actress and won acclaim for daring roles. In 2006, she was diagnosed with cancer. As her health deteriorated, she took her struggle public in the hopes of inspiring others who were also battling the disease. Her friend Alana Stewart documented Farrah’s courageous battle in 2009’s Farrah’s Story. With grace and dignity, Farrah left this world, but her body of work and her image as one of Charlie’s original Angels will continue to endure for future generations.

In order, here are her best performances:

  1. The Burning Bed (TV movie) 1984
  2. Small Sacrifices (TV movie) 1989
  3. Margaret Bourke-White (TV movie) 1989
  4. Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (TV movie) 1986
  5. Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (TV movie) 1987
  6. Extremities 1986
  7. The Apostle 1997
  8. Between Two Women (TV movie) 1986
  9. Murder in Texas (TV movie) 1981
  10. Charlie’s Angels (TV series) 1976-1980 (29 Episodes)

Guilty Pleasures:

  1. Logan’s Run 1976
  2. Myra Breckinridge 1970
  3. Somebody Killed Her Husband 1978
  4. Saturn 3 1980
  5. Sunburn 1979
  6. The Cannonball Run 1981
  7. Murder on Flight 502 (TV movie) 1975
Favourite Farrah quotes:
  • Throughout the journey of my life, I have maintained a strong faith in the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity.
  • I became famous almost before I had a craft, I didn’t study drama at school. I was an art major. Suddenly, when I was doing Charlie’s Angels, I was getting all this fan mail, and I didn’t really know why.
  • I feel like Alice in Wonderland, really… Everything is surreal.
  • Cancer is my own private war. The strain, the nausea, the fever take turns challenging my strength, my mind and my spirit…
  • But I must never forget how blessed I have been. God has given me gifts and happiness, beyond any of my simple desires. My deepest desire now is to simply live … So with hope and determination, I hold on and go on.