Farrah Fawcett was voted “Most Beautiful” her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years at W.B. Ray High School.
Every once in a while, Hollywood will open her gates to welcome just the right combination of personality and potential, shooting a young, hopeful dreamer into stardom. In 1968, Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett left the University of Texas – with her parents’ blessing – to see how far her good looks and bubbly personality would carry her. Needless to say, Hollywood was very welcoming. Why was Farrah Fawcett an overnight, Hollywood success?
Childhood friends of Fawcett would describe her as your girl next door; she was a friendly, fun-loving, and intelligent young girl, gaining her early education at a local Catholic school before entering public school at Hamlin Middle School. As Fawcett entered high school at W.B. Ray High School, it was clear to her classmates that she radiated a sense of beauty that shone beyond her blonde hair and sparkling eyes. Each of her last three years in high school, Fawcett was voted as “Most Beautiful.”
The beauty that sprung Fawcett into stardom was also apparent in her generous contributions and support for domestic abuse shelters for women, a cause for which she became passionate after playing the role of a victim of spousal abuse in a 1984 film. She visited Corpus Christi to help fundraise for the Women’s Shelter of the Corpus Christi Area. During her own battle with anal cancer, Fawcett founded the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to provide funding for cancer research, prevention, and support for those affected by the type of cancer that eventually led to her death.
Fawcett’s beauty radiated not only because she had the physical qualities of what our society claims to be beautiful, but because Farrah Fawcett exhibited a true beauty that was defined by how she positively impacted those around her, much like the beautiful women celebrated in this issue.