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Alana Stewart Talks Farrah Fawcett Barbie Doll in the Daily Mail

Posted by Levine Communications Office on August 9, 2011

Farrah Fawcett has been given a new lease of life in the unlikely guise of a Barbie doll.

Taking the favourite Charlie’s Angel star’s famed poster pose as inspiration, the Farrah Barbie wears a red swimsuit and sits against a backdrop of a striped Mexican rug.

And like the poster, the doll has been a sell-out success.

Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett

Flaxen flicks: Farrah’s locks – and swimsuit, chain and rug, all go into the design of the Mattel Barbie doll

The record-breaking 1976 poster sold over ten million copies, helping to immortalise Farrah Fawcett’s trademark smile and flaxen locks – not to mention her swimsuit, which is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

Barbie fans have snapped up the limited edition doll, which is touted to be instantly collectable. The Farrah Barbies, made by Mattel, are completed with a gold chain and girl-next-door locks.

They went on sale in mid-July, retailing from $34.95 – and are already sold out on a number of websites, including Walmart and K-Mart. Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.

Long-time friend of Ms Fawcett, Alana Stewart, said ‘We’re all very excited about it, it’s a great tribute to her and part of the proceeds go to the foundation to benefit cancer research and help people.’

In memory: The actress died in June 2009 after battling with cancerIn memory: The actress died in June 2009 after battling with cancer

The foundation was set up by Ms Fawcett two years before the actress passed away after battling with cancer.

Ms Stewart told Fox News: ‘Her aim was really to help in cutting edge research and to help people that are actually struggling with cancer now, so that’s really the mission of the foundation.

It’s really wonderful for her memory and for her legacy and for her fans.’

As well as a fundraiser, the doll is a nod to Ms Fawcett’s victory to claim the rights to the poster, for which she fought for years before her death.

‘For a long time, Farrah didn’t have rights to her poster. That went through litigation for years. Just before she passed away, she got the rights to the poster back, and it was something that she really fought for. She got it back and she was really happy about that,’ said Ms Stewart.

‘This doll is now available to her fans so she’d be very pleased about that, and very pleased that it’s helping the foundation, which is something that she set up with the intention with helping with the battle against cancer,’ she told Fox News.

It is not the first time the late actress has inspired a doll’s design. An official Farrah doll went on sale in 1977 – that time wearing a svelte white jumpsuit.



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