Farrah Fawcett was most recently inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame for her legendary status on screen and off. Fawcett has nurtured her professional evolution through a commitment to challenging and controversial projects such as "The Burning Bed," "Extremities," and "Small Sacrifices," portraying characters that have earned her wide critical and popular acclaim.
As an actor, Fawcett continues to embrace inspirational projects, such as Oscar winner Robert Duvall's "The Apostle." The film also starred June Carter Cash and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton and garnered her an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Then later with the renowned Oscar winning director, Robert Altman in Dr. T & the Women.
Fawcett's introduction to the American public won her the People's Choice Award Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Program and Best New Series for her work in the 1977 hit TV series, "Charlie's Angels."
In the early 80s, Fawcett turned down projects she felt would not only typecast her but would eventuality limit and define her work. She finally accepted the role of Joan Robinson Hill in the mini-series "Murder In Texas" and the critics responded positively to her character driven performance . The script was based on Tommy Thompson best selling novel "Blood and Money."
Fawcett won critical acclaim for her work in the New York Off-Broadway production of "Extremities" written by William Mastrosimone and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. A year later she would take on the role a second time for the feature film "Extremities," which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Actress in a Leading Role - Drama.
After two years of network rejecting "The Burning Bed," the critics' reviews for "Extremities" enabled her to get the MOW produced. She received both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award Nomination for her starring role portraying a battered wife. "The Burning Bed" is still today one of the highest rated MOW in TV history. "The Burning Bed" was further distinguished as the first television movie to offer victims of domestic abuse help through an 800 number and ended with a public service announcement by Fawcett herself. "The Burning Bed" broke new ground by having existing laws removed from three states and altering police procedures when responding to 911 calls regarding domestic violence. It was also responsible for having a female officer required to be present and for the offending batter to be legally taken away and charged.
Fawcett also received both an Emmy and Golden Globe Nomination for her work in "Small Sacrifices," in which she played a woman who murders her children. The mini-series directed by David Greene and was adapted from the best-selling novel by Ann Rule.
Fawcett was also honored with a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role - Mini-Series "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story" in which she portrayed Hutton from ages 18 to 67.
She received the Cable ACE Award for Best Actress telefilm "Margaret Bourke-White," based on the life of the legendary photographer whom with her camera captured many of the defining photos of the first half of the 20th century and risked her life to create the first visual moving images during World War II. Fawcett was drawn to the role because of her love of photography and respect of director/photographer, Lawrence Schiller. "Margaret Bourke-White" was the first original film made by the TNT network.
Fawcett collaborated with NY artist Keith Edmier to produce art works that most recently were exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Warhol Museum. The Collaboration between the two artists produced six sculptures, innumerable photographs, drawings, a book by Rizzoli and set a record for the highest attendance for a modern art exhibition at LACMA.
Recently she made guest appearances on David Hollanders "The Guardian" for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Guest Role. Fawcett filmed an episode of the series, Ally McBeal in a role that Producer/Creator David Kelly wrote with Fawcett in mind.
Fawcett also starred in the TV movie: "Between Two Women" with Colleen Dewhurst, "Baby" produced by Oscar nominated Glenn Close, it starred Jean Stapleton and Keith Carradine again directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. "The Substitute Wife" with Peter Weller and "Children of the Dust" with Oscar winner Sidney Poitier again directed by David Greene.
Her other feature film credits include working with Oscar nominated Jeff Bridges twice, first in "Somebody Killed Her Husband," her first feature film after "Charlie's Angels" and then in the Alan J. Pakula film, "See You in the Morning." She also stared in the motion picture, "Saturn 3" with Oscar winner Kirk Douglas & Harvey Keitel, "Logan's Run" with Michael York, "Sunburn" with Oscar winner Art Carney and Charles Grodin as well as the Disney feature, "Man of the House" with Chevy Chase
Most recently, Fawcett broke cable records with her reality series "Chasing Farrah." Not only did she put cable channel TV Land on the map but broke new ground with redefining the world of "Reality TV."
Continuing with her work with domestic violence, many years after "The Burning Bed" Fawcett once again brought attention to battered women with the documentary "Prisoners of Wedlock," which looked at women who killed their husbands and were serving life in prison. Later, Fawcett actively petitioned California's Governor Pete Wilson to commute the four women's sentences.
Fawcett is actively involved in charity work against domestic violence. She has participated in events such as the Humanitarian Awards in Media and the anti-domestic-violence panel discussion produced by the Show Coalition. She also served as a board member of the National Advisory Council for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.