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October 24, 2021

Farrah Fawcett’s Ex Lee Majors Called Her ‘Angel on Earth’ but Refused to Attend Her Funeral

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Farrah Fawcett, the beautiful "Charlie's Angels" alum, was married only once to Lee Majors. However, after her death, Majors refused to attend her burial. 

Farrah Fawcett, a Texas native, became America's sweetheart after acting in different hit shows and movies, including "Charlie's Angels." She was also a gorgeous lady who was skilled at getting into character.

This actress also had the brains to go with her beauty. She had bagged a degree in Microbiology and had a good standing educationally before moving into the Hollywood scenes.

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal attend the New York Premiere of "Chances Are" circa 1989 [left]. Married American actors Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors pose together as they attend a party for ABC-TV screen celebrities, June 1971. | Photo: Getty Images

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As expected, she won the hearts of many fans, including celebrities. She dated a few of them and married only one, Lee Majors.

A TOUCHDOWN ON HER MARRIAGE

Fawcett was married to one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Lee Majors, for about nine years. They met through Majors' publicist, and after a coffee date, they began their romance.

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They were together for twelve years, but throughout the years, their work interfered with their relationship. According to Majors, the paparazzi also made it difficult for the successful stars to enjoy each other's company.

After six years of marriage, they separated, and it was not until three years later that they finally divorced. Their union produced no children.

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FAWCETT'S ROMANCE WITH RYAN O'NEAL

Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal were the Romeo and Juliet and Bonnie and Clyde of their time. Irrespective of how they fell in love, their baggage, and society's thoughts, they remained together until the actress's demise.

O'Neal, a Hollywood star, used to be a close friend to Fawcett's ex-husband, Lee Majors. Their bond was so strong that Majors did not mind looking after one of O'Neal's kids, Tatum, while he was away.

On one occasion, the actress's former husband took responsibility for Tatum and asked his pal to check on Fawcett in Los Angeles, explaining that he felt she might be lonely and needed company.

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This act led to the pair falling in love, which was heartbreaking to Majors, who mentioned that he kept the actor at arm's length after he admitted his feelings for the "Charlie's Angels" star.

At the same time, Fawcett was working on her divorce to Majors. Their marriage officially ended in 1982, and at the time, the on-screen goddess was already living with her new man.

Shortly after their relationship began, the pair had a son named Raymond, who joined O'Neal's kids, Griffin, Patrick, and Tatum, from previous relationships.

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Although they were inseparable, their romance was not a walk in the park. Their relationship was the most talked-about, especially in the 1980s, but it was plagued by infidelity.

Griffin once told a journalist that his father was not a faithful man, and by 1997, the truth came to light after Fawcett caught him in bed with another actress named Leslie Stefanson. 

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They ended their relationship, and O'Neal confirmed that he had an affair, but it was due to the growing distance that he felt in their relationship.

O'Neal maintained that Fawcett experienced a change and growth that he did not and found it difficult to connect. However, despite his viable excuse to look elsewhere, the actor confessed that the "Charlie's Angels" star did not deserve his unfaithfulness.

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WHO WAS RYAN O'NEAL?

O'Neal was a lady's man who fell head over heels with his friend's wife and did not care if it ruined their relationship. Apart from that, he was a prolific actor who reigned simultaneously with Fawcett.

Although he made a few mistakes, he corrected them when presented with an opportunity. In 2001, O'Neal reunited with his former flame, and the duo patched things up, remaining together until Fawcett lost her battle with cancer.

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal at the after-party for "Malibu's Most Wanted" in 2003| Photo: Getty Images

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The duo had medical conditions and was able to manage them for some years. While the "Charlie's Angels" alum battled cancer, doctors treated her lover for severe myelogenous leukemia.

Sadly, by 2009, it was impossible to cope with Fawcett's diagnosis. She had been placed on life support, and after the doctors removed the machine, she passed away.

O'Neal has been vocal about his experience with the actress. He revealed that they once got engaged and that Fawcett wanted to marry his longtime beau on the day of her death.

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They had secured an appointment with a priest, who arrived at the hospital to administer death rites instead of marital vows.

The actor has spoken about their relationship through interviews and his book "Both Of Us: My Life With Farrah." In the book, he shares the revelations that helped him cope with the tragedy of losing his lover.

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THE "CHARLIE'S ANGELS" STAR DEMISE

In 2009, Fawcett threw in the towel after a long and strenuous battle with cancer. This tragedy was heartbreaking to those who shared an intimate relationship with her, former co-stars, and other celebrities familiar with her work.

Her ex-husband, Majors, expressed his grief following the news of her demise. He referenced the deceased as an angel on earth, adding that she will find eternal rest in a better place.

Other celebrities like Oscar winner Robert Duvall, a family friend Alana Stewart, and a former colleague, John Forsythe, also poured out their condolences.

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Fawcett's lover, O'Neal, also shared a soul-stirring message in honor of the deceased. He maintains that it was a difficult moment, but family and friends can look to the memories of the actress for comfort.

When it was time for the funeral, Majors refused to attend. While speaking on the issue, the veteran actor said:

"It was reported everywhere that I was there. I wasn't. I have my own memories of her, and I didn't want to be a distraction. We were hoping to do a play together."

Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors in 1976. | Photo: Getty Images

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Many people who shared a fond memory of the deceased attended the event. O'Neal's only daughter, Tatum, met her dad there. The pair had been estranged, but that did not stop Tatum from attending Fawcett's funeral.

When they met, O'Neal tried to make a pass at his daughter without realizing that the gorgeous lady was his kid. They laughed over the incident, and Tatum called her father "a big vivant."

Actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Lee Majors on June 10, 1977 arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport | Photo: Getty Images

Fawcett remains an icon with whom many celebrities and people loved to relate. She had a charming personality to match her incredible skills and looks, making it impossible to forget her.

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