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    Poor thing, I feel so sorry for her!

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    and the media was so rude and relentless to her. She really was so beautiful in her day. I wished they would have touched more on the very beginning....if she ignored many symptoms b4 seeking medical attention. I know they said she had bleeding in the beginning and was at her mother's funeral. Which I thought was odd Ryan wasnt with her. This must have cost her a fortune, thankfully she has the money for this....I guess it was a blessing or maybe just prolonged the suffering. Either way she has my admiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    what a wonderful friend she has in Alaina Stewart.
    I meant to mention that. How wonderful for her to have such a true friend to be there nonstop to support and be with her.
    And think of having to see your friend like that.. so horrible. I feel truly sorry for everyone who has ever had to deal or witness this horrible thing.
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    Source : LA Times

    Farrah Fawcett's TV special doesn't really tell her story, producer says

    The executive producer who's suing to regain creative control of the NBC
    special "Farrah's Story" says he's putting up a fight because "it's not the
    show Farrah Fawcett wanted."

    In an exclusive, in-depth interview with Gold Derby, Craig Nevius says Farrah
    Fawcett wanted the program to be presented in a diary format — not in the
    traditional documentary mode with talking heads, as was used — emphasizing
    urgent medical and legal issues that got downplayed in the final telecast.

    Also, Nevius believes Fawcett would not have OK'd the inclusion of her
    troubled, 24-year-old son Redmond O'Neal, who is shown in prison uniform
    and leg chains as he climbs in bed with her, crying, "Mommy…Mommy."
    Fawcett appears to be so sick that she's oblivious to what's going on.

    Nevius says Fawcett refused to permit her son to be seen in her reality
    series "Chasing Farrah" on TV Land in 2005, which he also produced.
    Redmond's battle with drugs was becoming public back then. "He was getting
    it together and going through counseling at the time," Nevius says. "She
    didn't want a permanent record on film that would follow him throughout his
    later life." The only time Redmond's existence was acknowledged on "Chasing
    Farrah" was when he made one phone call to his mother.

    Nevius launched a lawsuit last week claiming that creative control of the TV
    special was yanked from him six weeks ago by junior producer Alana Stewart,
    Fawcett's onetime boyfriend Ryan O'Neal and his business manager. "They
    told NBC that Farrah's in such poor health after returning from her last trip to
    Germany that 'she's not in a position to finish this and she wants us to finish
    it,' " Nevius adds.

    When NBC granted their request, Nevius was surprised because Fawcett had
    already planned what should happen if she became too ill to continue to
    oversee the TV special. "She had foreseen this possibility and assigned
    creative control to me," he says. "Last April she signed an agreement
    empowering me to make the creative decisions." "Farrah's Story," originally
    titled "Wing and a Prayer," was produced by Fawcett's and Nevius' company,
    Sweetened by Risk LLC.

    Originally, Nevius says that the documentary was acquired by NBC's
    entertainment division, but it was recently transferred to the network's news
    division, which rushed to feature it as a special during May sweeps. New
    footage was hurriedly shot over the last several weeks without his consent,
    Nevius says, mostly interviews with O'Neal, medical personnel and former
    "Charlie's Angels" costars Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson, who are featured in
    the final edit. "Farrah hates that TV format," Nevius says. "Everybody who
    works with her knows that."

    The prominence of Smith and Jackson seems a bit odd since Fawcett
    downplays the significance of "Charlie's Angels" during one scene in "Farrah's
    Story," reminding nurses, "I was only on the TV show for one season." Were
    her former costars suddenly jammed into "Farrah's Story" at the last minute
    to add sex appeal and hike TV ratings?

    "I think it would've been fine to have Kate and Jaclyn participate in some
    stylistically appropriate way and Farrah was never against that," Nevius
    adds. "In fact, we shot Kate a few times for the first version of the show.
    The girls have remained friends since starring in 'Charlie's Angels' " in 1976-77.

    When Fawcett and Nevius initially developed the TV special, "we had
    numerous offers from the networks," he says, "and one of the reasons we
    went with NBC is because they said to Farrah, 'This is your story. We'll tell it
    your way, in your words.' She was adamant about one thing: She wanted
    this edited like a movie using her diary for narration. She didn't want the
    talking-head format with its abrupt interruptions. Also, that changes its point
    of view."

    In addition, he says, Fawcett wanted the TV special to stress important
    medical issues that ended up getting only passing mention in Friday night's
    telecast. "Farrah wants to know why chemotherapy sensitivity tests are
    done in Germany and elsewhere, but not here in America," Nevius says. "This
    is a huge, huge issue for Farrah and she wants to really, really focus on it."

    Fawcett also wanted to explore controversial topics such as why certain
    experimental drugs are approved by the FDA for just one kind of cancer but
    not another. "She wants to know: Why do some medicines cost 10 times
    more in the United States than they do in Germany?" he says. "Aren't we
    limiting cancer treatment to the rich? 'Why aren't we encouraging
    mad-scientist thinking?' she likes to ask. Farrah wanted this TV special to
    have an impact. She wanted this to affect change in the medical world."

    Instead, Fawcett has come under severe criticism because NBC edited out
    lots of original footage that addressed these topics. In its review of "Farrah's
    Story," the New York Post wrote, "It does not register with her that her
    wealth and fame, which afford her private jets to Germany and an
    international team of doctors, are unavailable to the vast majority of cancer
    sufferers, and that, if not for her station in life, she would not have had
    extra time. She does not seem to wrestle, at all, with the notion that there
    may be some experiences best kept private, that the unintended
    consequences of oversharing can be a cheapening and coarsening of the
    most meaningful moments."

    The New York Times was also harsh, particularly about the absence of more
    solid medical info: "Nobody mentions anal pap smears, which researchers
    increasingly cite as a way to screen for cell changes that lead to anal
    cancer. The film also doesn’t make clear that in many cases, anal cancer can
    be treated and cured."

    The New York Times called the TV special "awful because it was an
    exploitative portrait of a celebrity's fight with cancer. ... NBC took Ms.
    Fawcett's candid video diary and allowed it to be packaged as a generic VH1
    'Behind the Music' biography — maudlin music, gauzy slow-motion film, and
    pseudo-revealing interviews with friends, coworkers, doctors and
    hairdressers reminiscing about a former star. ... She deserves a different,
    less exploitative television tribute."
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMeRhonda View Post
    so sad.. so heartbreaking. THEN that Melissa Etheridge song.. Ohhh I lost it.

    It was very sad.
    Which Melissa Etheridge song?
    "the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonjaLasagna View Post
    It was very sad.
    Which Melissa Etheridge song?
    " I Run For Life" I think that is the name of it
    My grace is sufficient for you, for my my strength is made perfect in weakness...I love you dad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    " I Run For Life" I think that is the name of it
    Yes-


    (Melissa Etheridge)

    It's been years since they told her about it
    The darkness her body possessed
    And the scars are still there in the mirror
    Everyday that she gets herself dressed
    Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
    And the fear is now a docile beast
    If you ask her why she is still running
    She'll tell you it makes her complete

    [Chorus:]
    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth
    For all that is real
    I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
    I run for you and me, my friend
    I run for life

    It's a blur since they told me about it
    How the darkness had taken its toll
    And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
    But they will never get a piece of my soul
    And now I'm still learning the lesson
    To awake when I hear the call
    And if you ask me why I am still running
    I'll tell you I run for us all

    [Chorus:]
    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth
    For all that is real
    I run for your mother your sister your wife
    I run for you and me my friend
    I run for life

    And someday if they tell you about it
    If the darkness knocks on your door
    Remember her remember me
    We will be running as we have before
    Running for answers
    Running for more

    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth
    For all that is real
    I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
    I run for you and me my friend
    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth
    For all that is real
    I run for your mother your sister, your daughter, your wife
    For you and me my friend
    I run for life
    Ohohohoh

    I run for your mother your sister your wife
    I run for you and me my friend
    I run for life
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMeRhonda View Post
    I meant to mention that. How wonderful for her to have such a true friend to be there nonstop to support and be with her.
    And think of having to see your friend like that.. so horrible. I feel truly sorry for everyone who has ever had to deal or witness this horrible thing.
    I was my best friend's "Alana Stewart" and no one would dispute that. I got up the courage to watch the Farrah program the other night. I totally understood her wanting to fight the fight but my God, it just seemed like she had way too many procedures. It just seemed like it was too much for any human being to endure.

    I was proud of Ryan and pleased that he can do this with her (despite slipping into drug use and breaking the law), and I felt that they are a loving and close family, just all kinds of messed up.

    She's such an icon and has done some terrific work. I hope her remaining days are pain free and peaceful.

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