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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
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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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Jeanne on

While it is nice that these items were donated. My question is, Were they Ryan O’Neal’s to donate? I thought I read that he was left nothing and everything was left to her son. Shouldn’t it have been his decision to donate?

Lori A on

I remember when my Brother put this poster up in his room. I thought at the time that Farrah was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.

chelsea on

What a million dollar smile!!

Dale on

Awesome… I was always hoping it would someday end up there. The proper home for such an item… kudos to Ryan O’Neal for having the foresight to do this. Rather then cash in… other items I could see being auctioned off, but not this swimsuit.

SusiQ on

the salon I patronized at the time had the poster just as you walked in with a sign that read: No matter how long I work or what I do, you are NOT gonna look like this. Please be aware of that before you ask for this cut”!!!

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I remember her doing the wella balsam shampoo ads. I said to my mom, LOOK AT HER HAIR! I have to have that shampoo.

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