Farrah Fawcett’s funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Although the cathedral can seat 3,000 people the private service was by invite-only.
Among the first to arrive were Ryan O’Neal and Alana Stewart, both of whom were with Farrah when she died. Lee Majors, Farrah’s ex-husband was there too, as were Fawcett’s Charlie’s Angels costars Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd.
Also in attendance were former model Cheryl Tiegs, comedian Garry Shandling, actor Ernie Hudson, novelist Jackie Collins, and actress Joan Collins.
Redmond O’Neal, Farrah and Ryan’s very troubled 24-year-old son was allowed to leave jail/rehab for three hours so that he could attend his mother’s funeral; Redmond is said to have spoken to Farrah Fawcett just minutes before she passed away.
With a 4:00 p.m. start time, Farrah Fawcett’s flower covered casket was escorted into the church by pallbearers including Ryan O’Neal, who was scheduled to read the 23rd Psalm among other bible passages.
Farrah Fawcett’s best friend Alana Stewart and oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro delivered eulogies.
At one point before Farrah Fawcett’s funeral began someone was seen carrying a life-size poster of the iconic picture of Farrah Fawcett in that sexy red bathing suit.
The program featured a photograph of Fawcett, in a sequined dress, smiling. Inside, the James Joyce poem “At That Hour” was featured:
Play on, invisible harps, unto Love,
Whose way in heaven is aglow
At that hour when soft lights come and go,
Soft sweet music in the air above
And in the earth below.
According to the program, the service opened with an “Amazing Grace” procession.
Redmond then gave the service’s first reading, with O’Neal next reading the 23rd Psalm.
The Richard Marx-Linda Thompson song “To Where You Are” played before Alana Stewart and Fawcett’s physician, Dr. Lawrence Piro, gave eulogies.
FARRAH FAWCETT WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT AS WE ALL KNOW SHE IS NOW WITH GOD.
MAY SHE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.
To Mr. Oneal and son Redmond
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you both. I can remember as a little boy watching Charlies Angels. I know that no words can soften the pain you must feel. I dont blog or leave emails for celebrities but it felt as though the right thing to do in this situation. Redmond, I can only imagine the grief that has stricken you, I would not know how to go on if I lost my mother, I to have had trying times growing up and some of us are just meant to grow up later then most. As long as you strive to do the right things the mistakes that you will still make are lessons much easier learned. I am quite confident your mom will be watching over you. My very deepest sympathies to you both.
R. Todd Sterling
I was a teenager when Charlies Angels hit the screen. I still have my hair feathered now as I did after seeing Farrah’s. Farrah was a beautiful young woman who knew what she wanted and did things in her own way. Just as she battled the cancer which eventually took her home to her Lord, she did it her way. She didn’t accept the fact that she had cancer, she fought it every way she could. The bravest thing I’ve ever seen is the home video she had shot which documented every horrible thing cancer is. Then she shared it with America. She fought the good fight. In the end, I believe her will was still strong, but her body just couldn’t go on any longer, it gave out in weakness.
Farrah is truly now with our Holy Father proudly wearing “Angel’s Wings”. I know that she will watch over those she loved and keep them in her care.
Deepest Sympathies to her family and friends.