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.