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Discovering Farrah Fawcett
the Social Diary Columnist
Column #2, January 15th, 2006
At one time the biggest selling
poster in America was that of Farrah Fawcett, formerly
of the television series "Charlie's Angels."
Well, yours truly, had the pleasure of "discovering"
this lovely lady. I am continually asked how it happened
so here is how it did.
It was 1968 and at that time I was doing
publicity for some of Hollywood's most attractive actresses: Raquel
Welch, Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Barbara Eden and Barbara
Parkins. Somehow, the University of Texas
found out about me and asked me to be a judge for their "Ten
Most Beautiful" girls on campus beauty contest.
They sent me a picture of all of the contestants and there
was just something that stood out even at that time about Farrah.
So, I said, "she's my choice."
Shortly after that I contacted the school
and said that I wanted to talk to her parents about coming to
Hollywood. Well, it took over a year before her parents were convinced
to give it a try. Her mother drove out with her and I checked
her into the old Hollywood Studio Club, a residence
for women interested in acting and other creative careers. When
it finally closed its doors over 10,000 would-be actresses called
it their first home in Los Angeles. In the very beginning I had
her made Queen of The Boat Show and The Los Angeles
Professional Tennis Championships where her picture appeared in
the local newspapers. The next step was to get her an agent. In
the building I was located in on Sunset Boulevard was an agency
known at that time as IFA. One of the agents,
Dick Clayton, was a good friend of mine. I brought
Farrah to his office and he was captured by her beauty and freshness
just as I had been. Dick took her to Screen Gems Television
and they immediately put her under contract. She did bit parts
but I booked her on promotional things like "The
Dating Game." Dick also represented the actor Lee
Majors and that is how that relationship began.
Unfortunately, I only had a year in handling
Farrah as on August 18, 1969 I received a letter from a lawyer
"thanking" me for what I had done for Farrah but they
were ceasing my arrangements with her. Instead of causing a problem
I let it go and it was quite a few years latter that her career
really took off. I have no regrets as I was able to take a beautiful
young girl from Texas and be the one responsible for getting her
David Mirisch - David Mirisch is a Celebrity
Producer (David Mirisch Enterprises) for numerous charitable events.
Part of a remarkable Hollywood lineage, Mirisch's family
produced "Some Like it Hot,""The
Pink Panther Series" and more, for
a total of 72 motion pictures, and 24 Academy Awards.
Mirisch also discovered Farrah Fawcett. Mirisch's
celebrity knowledge is personable and unique. You can reach Mirisch
to New this Week......David
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