Farrah Fawcett's Iconic Swimsuit Donated to the Smithsonian

02/02/2011 at 02:00 PM ET

Farrah Fawcett's Iconic Red Swimsuit Donated to the Smithsonian

The red swimsuit that made Farrah Fawcett into a iconic pin-up is headed to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal will donate the swimsuit and other items, including an original copy of the swimsuit poster, a leather-bound book of Fawcett’s personal copies of scripts for the first season of Charlie’s Angels, a Fawcett swimsuit jigsaw puzzle, a “Farrah Phenomenon” 1976 edition of TV Guide, an original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a “Farrah’s Glamour Center” hairstyling toy, to the Smithsonian on Wednesday. The items will join the museum’s pop culture history collection, which includes items ranging from Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to Kermit the Frog. Best known for her role on Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett’s iconic 1976 poster in which she donned a clingy red bathing suit sold millions of copies. After a long battle with cancer, Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62. — Alla Byrne

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Sandra on

I always loved watching “Charlie’s Angels” every week when it came on. That’s when the greatest shows were on television! I enjoyed watching her and the other woman in their great adventures. Us girls all tried to be like Farrah with trying to get our hair like hers, but to no avail!!LOL. That is a great honour that Ryan has done to keep her memory alive. She was a great woman. Rest in peace Farrah. You will never be forgotten.

Barb on

Those items should be in the Smithsonian.
farrah is a true American icon, and is sadly missed.
I am still angry that the Oscars did not include Farrah and Bea Arthur in their montage of stars who passed on.

Jon on

That’s very nice to hear!

Chitwood on

Farrah’s swimsuit is/was burnt orange, not red, a tribute to her alma mater, the University of Texas. Hook ’em, Farrah!!!

SusiQ on

they kept this swimsuit for this long? It’s been around 38 to 39 years since this poster; that’s a long time to hang onto a swimsuit in a society as disposable as ours.

Allison on

I look forward to going to see these items in the Smithsonian. I still have my Farrah doll! She was far more than a pop icon, Farrah was an incredible actress as shown in her dramatic roles, she was a beautiful spirit that radiated positive energy and she was an incredible fine artist. She is truly missed. Rest in peace Farrah and thank you Ryan for donating these items.

Jim on

I had two of these posters, 1 in my room and 1 in my basement….What an iconic photo.

Denise on

What a beautiful way to remember Farrah Fawcett. She was a class act and a true icon. She had a true talent.

Lily on

I recently moved and almost threw away my original Farrah poster, puzzle, and Farrah Glamour Center styling head! I’m glad I saved them. If they’re good enough for the Smithsonian — they’re certainly good enough for me!

Kathy on

Improves my opinion of Ryan O’Neill tremendously.

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