Melissa Rivers is feeling the love in this obviously emotional time.
Here's what she posted on the late comedienne's Facebook page:
For two years, Farrah Fawcett's ex Ryan O'Neal and TV producer Craig Nevius had been involved in some serious legal dramz.
Nevius had filed a lawsuit against O'Neal and others close to Farrah Fawcett over NBC's Farrah's Story documentary, claiming he was "shut out of the project and that the final cut didn't adhere to the actress' wishes."
Farrah Fawcett's estate filed a counter-suit again against Nevius, claiming he "embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars" from a production firm that he used to co-own with Farrah. They also claimed he gave out info and footage without Fawcett's approval.
NOW, Nevius has decided to settle because he can't afford to keep at it:
"After two years, I can no longer afford to fight Ryan O'Neal, Alana Stewart and Richard Francis over creative control of Farrah's Story and whether or not they had the right to take over the company that Farrah Fawcett and I formed to produce the documentary about her cancer fight and efforts to protect her privacy."
"Contrary to accusations, I have not profited from the film or this litigation in any way whatsoever. In fact, I have experienced profound losses, both professionally and personally."
"The only thing I am walking away with today is the knowledge that I did everything within my power to protect the artistic integrity and personal dignity of Farrah Fawcett who was not only my producing partner but my very dear friend. She showed me the best of humanity in the most trying of circumstances."
"I wish I could say the same of those who surrounded her during the last few months of her life. I will always believe that Ryan and Alana acted as squatters: isolating Farrah from me and others in order to obtain signatures that would ultimately allow them to turn the innovative and informative film we worked on for two years into a network deathwatch."
And here's what O'Neal's lawyer Howard Weitzman had to say about the settlement:
"The frivilous lawsuit filed against Alana Stewart and Ryan O'Neal was dismissed by Mr. Nevius with no payment of any money to him and an agreement that he would return any property that rightfully belonged to Ms. Fawcett or her Estate."
"It was Farrah who decided to replace Mr. Nevius with her best friend of 30 years (Alana Stewart) and her life partner for over 30 years (Ryan O'Neal) despite his wishful thinking to the contrary."
"The statement issued by Mr. Nevius is another sad attempt to justify his actions by using the media to spew outrageous lies about Alana and Ryan."
"Farrah's Story only became a successful Emmy nominated documentary once NBC was able to take over the project from Nevius. Hopefully Mr. Nevius will move on with his life and fade away."
More than anything else, we're just glad to hear that's all over with!
When bringing up Farrah in the future, it would be nice to do so in a more pleasant context, rather than doing so because of ugly legal drama.
What do U think about the outcome of this legal fight???
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This is the PERFECT place for these objects to go, so they can be properly commemorated!
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announced this morning that objects from the late Farrah Fawcett's expansive career - including the swimsuit (above) she wore in the poster that captivated millions of preteen boys in the '70s - would be donated to their Division of Culture and Arts by partner Ryan O'Neal!
According to the press release:
In a special ceremony today, actress Farrah Fawcett’s nephew, Greg Walls, and actor Ryan O’Neal donated objects from the private collection of her estate to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The donation includes the red swimsuit from her iconic 1976 poster, an original copy of the swimsuit poster, her personal Charlie’s Angels script book, a Farrah Fawcett swimsuit jigsaw puzzle, a “Farrah Phenomenon” 1976 edition of TV Guide, a Charlie’s Angels 1976 edition of Time magazine, an original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a “Farrah’s Glamour Center” hairstyling doll will be a part of the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts and will go on display later this summer.
“It’s an honor to see Farrah’s famous red bathing suit donated to the Smithsonian Institution, celebrating her place in pop culture,” said O'Neal. “The swimsuit is exactly where it belongs, and I know Farrah is looking down on us today flashing that big smile that we all loved.”
Before her death in June 2009, Fawcett established the Farrah Fawcett Foundation with a goal to make a difference to those suffering from cancer. The Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s mission is to provide funding methods of cancer research, clinical trials, prevention and awareness. It is the Foundation’s compassion for those that suffer from this insidious disease that fuels its commitment and fills its heart. Visit www.thefarrahfawcettfoundation.org for further information.
Just wonderful! That's going to be such a fascinating exhibit!
We're grateful that her family is so dedicated to ensuring that her memory continues to live on, and wants to share such iconic pieces of her career with the rest of the world!
We can't wait to see them!
[Image via Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.]
Wow! This is some pretty heavy material for her!
The play, which is expected to run during the 2011-2012 season with Kenny Leon attached as a director, focuses on a woman who turns the tables on her rapist and with the help of her roommates, struggles to decide what to do with him.
Chloe Sevigny has also reportedly been offered a role, most likely as one of the roommates!
Perhaps Katie thinks that this will do for her career what it did for Farrah Fawcett's back in the '80s, and establish her as a serious actress - and maybe it could!
We'd LOVE to see her succeed in a part like this! We definitely think there's potential there!
What do U think?? Should Katie Holmes take a role in Extremities??
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Wow! That's almost freakishly uncanny!
Now that the holiday season is almost upon us (still too soon!) the Barbie catalog has updated, and now if one so desires, they can purchase a brand new Farrah Fawcett doll (above) posed to mimic the actress' arguably most iconic photo!
We can't get over how realistic that image looks! In fact, if you look at too quickly, it looks like the actual photo!
Still, a lovely little tribute to her life!
According to the product's website, however, the prototype is only available this season, and it's running for $1,500!
Holy shiz! How quickly we forget that glamour does not run cheap!
What do U think?? Is a Farrah Barbie on your gift list this year??
Grandson Redmond O'Neal attended the service in Texas this past Friday, but Ryan O'Neal chose not to attend likely because they had a falling out after Farrah's death last year.
James is survived by his second wife, Rosenda Sofia Fawcett.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Lindsay Lohan Redmond O'Neal has finally completed his rehab program.
The son of the late actress Farrah Fawcett was in a Los Angeles courtroom yesterday to mark the end of his treatment program. After five months, Redmond looked ready to start over again and even hugged the Superior Court Judge upon receiving the official word that he was a free man.
It hasn't been an easy time for Redmond over the past year, but we think he's finally gone the distance.(Or at least we really hope so!)
After leaving the courthouse, Redmond released a statement through his lawyer, saying:
"My plan is to move forward with my life, clean and sober. I am going to do so privately and with as much quiet dignity as I can."
Good for you, boy! We think your mom is very proud of you, wherever she is now.
But be proud of yourself too!
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The Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which Farrah had founded during her struggle with cancer, helps fund alternative cancer research and treatment methods and aims to improve the quality of life of those who are currently struggling with the disease.
Her best friend Alana Stewart said:
"If I can help carry on Farrah's mission for the foundation, it's an honor for me. I feel almost like she's a guardian angel watching over me, and I feel like she's smiling down on us and very happy that she died for a cause. She felt that she could help a lot of people and she could give a lot of people inspiration, courage and hope. That's why she did the documentary and that's why she started the foundation."
Farrah's son Redmond, who got a day pass from the sober living facility where he's undergoing court-ordered drug rehab to visit his mother's grave on the anniversary, was said to be extremely emotional. Father Ryan O'Neal said, "He lost her, and he's fragile."
We hope Farrah's family can find peace in helping others who are fighting cancer.
[Image via AP Images.]