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Farrah Fawcett Barbie Will Raise Money For Cancer Research

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Mattel is releasing a limited edition Farrah Fawcett Barbie Doll, with all proceeds benefitting cancer research.

The late actress lost her lengthy battle against anal cancer in June 2009.

If you were a teenage boy in the 1970s, chances are you had some very inappropriate thoughts involving Farrah Fawcett and a teeny weeny red onesie. The red swimsuit the late Charlie’s Angel sex symbol wore as she beamed broadly with her head tipped back and her signature blonde “wings” cascading over her shoulders in her bestselling 1976 poster is being immortalized once again — this time in plastic. Farrah was 29 and known mostly for bit parts in commercials for Noxzema and Wella Balsam Shampoo when she posed for the iconic photo. The poster sold a reported 12 million copies and brought the native Texan to the attention of Aaron Spelling, who cast her as Jill Munroe in his popular cop show, Charlie’s Angels, a year later.

“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,” says Alana Stewart, president of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and longtime friend of the actress. “Farrah created the foundation two years before she died and 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.”

Farrah’s Barbie ($34), a special collector’s item, is available from BarbieCollector.com and at leading toy retailers across the us. Alana hopes the dolls inspires cancer survivors.

“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,” Stewart added. “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 of helping with the battle against cancer.”

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