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ABC News Reports Farrah Fawcett Given Last Rites; 20/20 Barbara Walters Special Airs Tonight

According to ABC News reports, a Catholic priest has given actress Farrah Fawcett her Last Rites. Fawcett's health is worsening and has sadly taken a very serious turn, resulting in the summoning of a Catholic priest to give her the Last Rites.

ABC reports that Farrah Fawcett is a devout Catholic Christian. A close friend has described her being "fearless" at the moment thanks to her faith. The Catholic priest reportly administered her the Last Rites in a Los Angeles Hospital. As Fawcett clings to life, members of her inner circle, Dr. Lawrence Piro and longtime boyfriend Ryan O'Neal are gathered at her hospital bedside.

Online media reports also reveal that Allen Miller, Farrah Fawcett's publicist updated his Twitter about her worsening health and about receiving last rights. "It was just related to me, that our Farrah just given last rites. She is not in any pain. For those who believe make contact with God now," wrote Allen.

ABC will air a special 20/20 on her battle this evening, describing it as "from her Glory Days as a pinup girl whose figure graced a generation of teenagers' walls, to her valiant fight against cancer, at 62, Farrah Fawcett has become a symbol of the will to live." For more information and complete details click here.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, and began treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery.

Actress Farrah Leni Fawcett was born February 2, 1947. A multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, Fawcett shot to international fame in 1976 due in part to her role as private investigator Jill Munroe in the TV series Charlie's Angels. Fawcett went on to become a respected and critically acclaimed actress, appearing off-Broadway and in highly rated television movies such as The Burning Bed, Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story, Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story, Margaret Bourke-White and Small Sacrifices.

Fawcett won kudos for her 1983 role in the off-Broadway stage production of the controversial play Extremities, written by William Mastrosimone. She followed Susan Sarandon in the role, in which she played a would-be rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker. In 1986 Fawcett appeared in the movie version of Extremities, which was also well-received by critics, and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. Fawcett was set to make her Broadway debut in the 2003 play Bobbi Boland at the Cort Theatre but the production closed in previews.

A two-hour documentary on her cancer battle titled, "Farrah's Story", which was filmed by Fawcett and friend Alana Stewart, aired on NBC on May 15, 2009. The documentary was watched by nearly 9 million people in its premiere airing and it was re-aired on the broadcast network's cable stations MSNBC, Bravo and Oxygen.

Fawcett became a major pop culture figure thanks to her iconic hairstyle which was emulated by millions of young women and whose poster sales broke records, making her an international sex symbol in the 1970s and 1980s. 



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