Farrah Fawcett’s funeral program. Credit: Fame Pictures. Note: We do not run photos of funerals that are not open to the public
A private funeral service was held yesterday in LA for Farrah Fawcett, the beloved actress and icon who died from cancer last Thursday at the age of 62. Farrah’s longterm partner, Ryan O’Neal, and her best friend, Alana Stewart, were by her bedside in the hospital when she passed and both paid loving tribute at her funeral. Farrah’s son, Redmond O’Neal was granted a brief leave from jail to attend his mother’s funeral, where he was a pallbearer.
US Weekly’s details of the service are a little heartbreaking and it’s hard to read the touching poem from funeral program and think about this dear woman without getting choked up:
A private funeral was held Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for actress Farrah Fawcett, who died June 25 after a long battle with cancer.
Her longtime partner Ryan O’Neal and best friend Alana Stewart both wore black as they arrived at the Roman Catholic cathedral around 4 p.m. PST for the private service.
Her former Charlie’s Angels costars, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd (who replaced Fawcett on the hit 70s show) also attended, as well as actor Ernie Hudson and Garry Shandling. E! News reports model Cheryl Tiegs, novelist Jackie Collins, Dynasty star Joan Collins and Fawcett’s ex Lee Majors, with whom she recently reconnected after more than two decades of silence, attended as well.
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Along with dad O’Neal, Fawcett’s son Redmond, 24 – who was allowed to leave jail (where he is serving a sentence for drug-related charges) to attend the service – helped carry her casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers, inside the funeral home.
The program featured a photograph of Fawcett, in a sequined dress, smiling. Inside, the James Joyce poem “At That Hour” was featured:
Play on, invisible harps, unto Love,
Whose way in heaven is aglow
At that hour when soft lights come and go,
Soft sweet music in the air above
And in the earth below.
According to the program, the service opened with an “Amazing Grace” procession.
Redmond then gave the service’s first reading, with O’Neal next reading the 23rd Psalm.
The Richard Marx-Linda Thompson song “To Where You Are” played before Alana Stewart and Fawcett’s physician, Dr. Lawrence Piro, gave eulogies.
Fawcett passed away at age 62 at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., last Thursday — just hours before Michael Jackson. Fawcett was with O’Neal, Stewart and Piro at the time of her death.
“Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world,” O’Neal told Us after Fawcett’s death.
[From US Weekly]
While many people are worried that Farrah’s passing hasn’t received enough press in the wake of Michael Jackson’s unexpected death, the tributes are pouring in for her. People loved Farrah and only have kind, effusive words for what a wonderful woman she was and how she touched them. Farrah faced her illness as she faced life – with determination, strength and grace. By letting us see some of her final moments, she showed the public that our decades-long fascination with her was based on so much more than her supernatural beauty.
Bless you, Farrah. I’m not a religious person and most days I’m not sure what I believe, but I hope you’re in a better place now. You fought a long, hard battle and inspired so many people.
That’s an awesome picture, what a wonderful way to remember her. Happy, vibrant, and full of life.
I can understand that Michael Jackson is way more famous than her, but I feel like her death didn’t get the news coverage that she deserved. They should have equally focused the attention on both of them. She died, then a few hours later Michael died and then it seems like everyone forgot of her passing. I love the both of them, I’m not team Michael or team Farrah, I just think they should have been treated equally. And yes, that is a beautiful picture of her and I’m glad that the photo captures her happiness.
The passing of this lovely woman has left me with a profound sense of sadness and loss that is difficult for me to articulate. And yet I also feel a profound sense of relief that her suffering is now over. She is with her mother and sister now in the realm of the spirits.
This is my girlfriend’s favourite poem, written by William Butler Yeats. I dedicate it, here today, in honor of Farrah…
The Cloths Of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths,
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet.
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly… because you tread on my dreams.
Farewell to an elegant, eloquent, and dynamic Lady.
P.S: Celebitchy, thank you for this wonderful post and photo. You are a class act, and heads above the other celebrity sites.
such a fabulous photo of Farrah.
I’m actually kind of glad Farrah’s death din’t get the same media attention. I think it’s better that her family managed to have a private, dignified funeral rather than the media circus that’s surrounding Jackson.
She was a wonderful woman and the tributes pouring in for her are genuine and heartfelt.
Again that is a truly fantastic photo – she looks so happy and beautiful.
Thanks for the beautiful tribute Celebitchy, very classy and that is the most vibrant & gorgeous picture i ever saw of her and she had a lot !
I sincerely hope she gets the peace and rest she deserved and watches over her son like an angel….R.I.P. Miss Fawcett
Jen, normally I would agree with you, except that Farrah went out of her way to make her struggle against cancer so public. She allowed-invited-all of us to witness her fight. Even as a former beauty queen, she wasn’t afraid to let the world see he after she lost her hair, see her when she was so, so sick…because she was trying to put a face to that horrible disease and maybe somehow help others as well, by providing inspiration and raising awareness regarding this disease that we have just GOT to find a cure for.
The fact that she was so open and so willing to let us see her at her very worst, to me, means that she deserved to go out like a queen. I sympathize with the Jackson fans; I really do. But I hate that Farrah struggled so hard, and now that her struggle has ended she has not been given her due in the media because she’s been overshadowed by the bad luck of dying the same day as MJ. I think she was a woman of more substance than we perhaps realized, and it’s just a shame that at the end, she isn’t receiving the public honor that I think she deserves. Had she passed a month sooner or a month later, I think it would be a different story.
Service sounds beautiful and that pic of her is stunning.
I love that picture of her. She always gave good “face” on camera. God Bless her. I hope her son will get his act together and do the right thing now and get his addiction treated and move on leading a clean life.
JohnnieR the poem is such a nice tribute; Thank you for including it. Farewell to Farrah. I grew up with her as an icon and it is harshly sad to see her go.
I watched Farrah as a young girl and somewhat idolized her. Now that she’s gone I feel that part of me has also.
I love the picture! She looks absolutely beautiful. This is how I will remember her.
Rest in Peace Farrah
Heaven got its angel back. Thanks for everything Farrah. We’ll miss you. 🙁
More than most, she was someone
to everyone. I grew up watching
her and she became a new beautiful
woman with every decade. There
won’t ever be another like her.
What a dynamic picture of Farrah! She was an awesome lady. Truly and always an Angel!