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Blank on Blank: Farrah Fawcett

     


        I spent the summer between seventh and eighth grade watching as many episodes of the original Charlie's Angels as I could. I loved that show. I loved the badassness (for our purposes, that's a word) of the women, I loved the costumes, I loved the hair -- I even didn't mind the smooth jazz that accompanied each punch and car chase. I've always thought that, if I could time travel, I would go back and live in the seventies. I would perm my hair, and wear the perfect wide-leg pants that hint at a slight camel toe, and a  matching turtleneck.
     But that's not the point. Several months ago I came across this amazing production by PBS called Blank on Blank. The program takes rare interview audio from a variety of notable humans and accompanies it with fabulous illustrations. It is amazing how such simple line drawings can do to enhance the experience of listening to the sage advice/musings of, say, Tupac Shakur or Grace Kelly. 
    I came across this installment using  a 1980s interview with Farrah Fawcett. Until now, I had really only been exposed to Fawcett through the lens of Jill Munroe, who, like most blondes portrayed on television, was more sweet or seductive than brainy. In this interview, you will see a Fawcett much stronger than you might have previously perceived her. She slings around the F-word with great ease. And, perhaps most importantly, she speaks of the importance of the stiletto. Be it for going out dancing or defending oneself in dire times, the concept of female-accouterments-as-weapon is entirely fascinating. Plus, you can almost just see her walking the streets of New York with that bouncy hair and powerful heels. 

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