I didn’t watch the Oscars on Sunday night, so I’m only learning now of the brou-haha over Farrah Fawcett being excluded from the In Memoriam final curtain call. (And then there’s Maude.) I’ve read the so-called reason why Farrah was excluded – supposedly because she was considered “just” a television actress? – but frankly, that’s just ridiculous.
Whether the woman was in one film or 1,000 films doesn’t matter. What does matter was that her work was more substantial, more relevant – and frankly, much better than most of the crap passing for entertainment these days.
So, to give Farrah some recognition in the shadow of the Oscar snub (not that she needs such from me), I thought I would re-post my June 26, 2009 blog entry about her death and how one of her films (albeit a television movie) might have been the catalyst for lives being saved.
Kind of an ironic note: Farrah’s snub from the Academy came on March 8, 2010, almost exactly 33 years to the day that Francine Hughes, the real-life wife who Farrah portrayed in The Burning Bed, killed her abusive husband on March 9, 1977.
There’s no way to measure how many women Farrah touched by her portrayal of a battered wife. But if she saved only one life, or inspired only one woman to seek help and find her way out, then Farrah becomes more iconic in a way that deserves our remembrance, honor and gratitude.
copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo’s Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.