Ryan O'Neal Donates Farrah Fawcett's Red Swimsuit To The Smithsonian
Posted on Wed Feb 2, 2011 09:57 AM PDT

farrah_fawcett200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - The iconic swimsuit worn by the late Farrah Fawcett in the now-legendary pinup poster, which sold over 12 million copies in 1976, was donated by Ryan O'Neal Wednesday to the Smithsonian Institution's popular culture history collections.

"If you were to list 10 images that are evocative of American pop culture, Farrah Fawcett would be one of them. That poster became one of the defining images of the 1970s," Robert Thompson, a professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, told The Times.

Fawcett's long time love O'Neal was at the 1976 poster shoot when it was taken. He also included an original copy of the poster, a leather-bound book of the actress' personal copies of scripts for the first season of Charlie's Angels, magazines with her on the cover, a Farrah doll, a Farrah jigsaw puzzle and a Farrah's Glamour Center hairstyling toy.

The Charlie's Angels star died of cancer at age 62 on June 25, 2009, shortly before news broke the same day Michael Jackson had passed.

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