Farrah Fawcett, a sex symbol, icon, cultural symbol, and great lady may not live to see the finished documentary about her battle with cancer.

I;m told that Fawcett’s days may really be hours, and that she is gravely ill–moreso than previously thought. That’s the reason her son Redmond was allowed to visit her last week. But even now, the situation is dire.

At the same time, her best friend, Alana Stewart, is racing to finish their documentary about Fawcett’s fierce fight against what started as rectal cancer. The documentary is set to air next Friday, May 15th, on NBC. Friends and loved ones are praying that Fawcett will be able to see the broadcast, but at this point it’s unlikely.

In the last few days, I’m told, ex partner Ryan O’Neal has stepped in and taken over all of Fawcett’s business, etc. The couple was never married, and always had a tempestuous relationship. Aside from son Redmond, who’s had tremendous legal and substance abuse problems, the couple also produced a short lived funny sitcom together called “Good Sports.”

Fawcett, of course, came to prominence in “Charlie’s Angels” in the mid 1970s. Not since Marilyn Monroe had there been a Hollywood starlet who appeared with the force of a cultural A bomb. Her poster hung in every young boy’s bedroom in the world–and many young girls, too. Her haircut lives to this day.

Fawcett was married at the time to Lee Majors, but they were soon divorced. Her career would always be underscored by “Charlie’s Angels.” but she eventually had two more serious credits– a TV movie called “The Burning Bed,” and a Broadway play called “Extremities.” Each of these did much to shore up her reputation away from sexy crime fighter Jill Munroe. She also had a string of successes at the time with TV Movies, playing in succession Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld, photographer Margaret Bourke White, and poor little rich girl Barbara Hutton.

Farrah was nominated four Emmy Awards, six Golden Globes, and an Indie Spirit Award in 1997 for her work in Robert Duvall’s “The Apostle.”

Life is strange, isn’t it? Beautiful, vital Farrah is 62. John Forsythe, who was the voice of Charlie, turned 91 last January.

Stay tuned…

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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