Farrah Fawcett Receives Last Rites

Sources tell Barbara Walters that these could be Fawcett's final hours.

ByABC News
June 24, 2009, 10:03 AM

June 25, 2009— -- Farrah Fawcett, the 1970s "It Girl" who was known for her cascading golden hair, has been given her last rites, sources close to the actress tell Barbara Walters.

Enduring a two and half year battle with cancer, those closest to Fawcett warn that these could be her final hours.

"I'm not sure if she's going to make it through the day," Walters said on "Good Morning America." "She's had her last rites."

As Fawcett clings to life, members of her inner circle, Dr. Lawrence Piro and longtime love Ryan O'Neal are gathered at her hospital bedside.

"This is all he wants to do is be with her," Walters said of O'Neal.

From her glory days as a pinup girl whose figure graced a generation of teenagers' walls, to her valiant fight against cancer, at 62, Farrah Fawcett has become a symbol of the will to live.

Those who know and love Fawcett spoke exclusively to Barbara Walters, during what appear to be the actress's final days.

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"An amazing woman, with simple roots that ... took on challenges that others wouldn't try. I always admire women that are independent, that ... have a dream and look as good as she does," longtime love Ryan O' Neal told Walters.

In 1976, Fawcett was the pinup girl who launched a million fantasies. The iconic poster with her dazzling smile, cascading golden hair and bombshell body sold an unprecedented 12 million copies, catapulting Fawcett into a sex symbol, idolized by both men and women.

As the decade's "It Girl," her hair, which became known as the "Farrah Do," was emulated by millions around the world.

"That signature hair will definitely be remembered forever and ever and ever ... It was an easy carefree haircut, windblown, but also very sexy and very feminine. Everybody wanted it," legendary hairstylist Jose Eber, who has known and worked with the actress for over 30 years, told Walters.

"...But I think that Farrah ... represented to me what a woman was in the 70s," Eber said. "Woman's lib ...There was a freedom about Farrah's look. There was something healthy about her."

In a 1980 interview, just as her career was beginning to blossom, Fawcett opened up to Walters about her self-regard, ranking herself on a scale of one to 10.

"A nine. ... Barely a nine. I was going to say eight-and-a-half but I thought fractions aren't good," Fawcett told Walters.

"I think you have to have all of me in order to think that I'm beautiful. In other words, it's not just my looks. I think I have to speak and move and relate for you to feel that ... for you to feel beauty from me."

Known for her good looks, the actress later told Walters she was "exasperated" by those who seemingly ignored her intellectual side.

"I think it's a little bit of a curse," Fawcett said of her looks.