Friday, 19 April 2013

Van and Farrah Fawcett


Van's relationship to Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neil has attracted persistent comment in the last few years.  But it's not so unexpected.  Famous people like to hang around other famous people.  Sometime this hasn't worked out for Van like the Richard Gere episode.

Farrah Leni Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 2, 1947.  She died of colon cancer on June 25, 2009.  She was an award-winning actress who rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the television series Charlie's Angels.

Fawcett has been a fan of Morrison since the 1970s.  As she was battling the cancer that would eventually take her life, Morrison heard that she would be unable to attend his concerts at LA's Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles because of her condition. He had the shows filmed and sent her copies for at-home viewing in Malibu.  Van added the song ‘Queen Of The Slipstream,’ to his setlist even though he hadn't performed it in years.  It was a special request from Ryan O’Neal who wanted the song dedicated to Farrah.
Ryan O'Neal and his grandchildren reportedly visited Van backstage after his show on May 9 in 2009.
"Van is also a huge fan of Ryan and Farrah's work," a representative for Morrison said, revealing that his favourite movies featuring the stars include Fawcett's The Apostle and O'Neal's Barry Lyndon.
The artist's 1987 song Queen Of The Slipstream also appears in Fawcett's NBC documentary about her battle with cancer.  Morrison's 1987 romantic ballad, Queen of the Slipstream, is featured in Farrah's Story, Fawcett's documentary about her cancer battle.
Fawcett's Charlie's Angels co-star Kate Jackson, Marla Maples, Joan Collins and Tatum O'Neal were among the 200 guests attending the hour-long Catholic service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Longtime pal Alana Stewart and Fawcett's doctor Lawrence Piro delivered the eulogies.  With city police and private security lining the streets, a hearse drove up just a few minutes before the funeral began. Ryan and son Redmond served as pallbearers carrying Fawcett's casket, adorned with yellow and orange flowers.

A man in a kilt played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes at the beginning of the service, which also included Bible readings and prayer.
"The funeral was really just beautiful and so sweet," Lisa Fawcett, the actress's cousin, said. A special moment during the service came when "everyone just embraced Redmond," she said about Fawcett's 24-year-old son, who was allowed to leave jail to attend.
After the service concluded, vans shuttled guests to the reception at the Jonathan Club, where a band played Fawcett's favourite songs, including those by Van Morrison.

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