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Farrah Everywhere: The Countless Farrah Fawcett Magazine Covers of 1976 to 1980

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1977 Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett appeared in pop culture here and there in the early seventies  – an appearance on The Partridge Family, hair product advertising, etc.  However, upon the premier of Charlie’s Angels in September 1976, she became an overnight sensation with her image plastered on seemingly every single magazine on the rack.  Even after she left the show a year later, the public fascination with all things Farrah remained until the dawn of the 1980s.

To give you an idea of the rabid Farrah hyper-saturation that occurred between 1976 and 1980, here is a stack of magazines from this time period.  Buckle up, and be prepared for dangerous levels of Farrah over-exposure…

Farrah Fawcett cover lee majors

1978 Farrah Fawcett

The Farrah phenomenon wasn’t just an American thing; she was featured in magazines all over the world.

August 1978 Farrah Fawcett

Yes, Farrah was a sex symbol, but you’ll notice from these magazine covers that it’s almost always just her face.  In other words, Farrah wasn’t just a body for guys to ogle over.  She appeared on plenty of women’s interest magazines, and rarely delivered the eye candy the guys were hoping for.

December 1979

Farrah Fawcett April 1978

Dec 1977 Farrah Fawcett

The magazine on the left is from 1977 – on the right, 1983. Farrah’s fame didn’t evaporate into thin air, but as the eighties wore on, she gradually faded from the limelight (and her personal life got progressively worse).

Farrah Fawcett 3

Farrah Fawcett 1979

Farrah Fawcett Charlies Angels

The magazine claims to have a “naughty” centerfold.  Sorry.  Farrah refused to deliver nudity in print until the 1980s (via a mid-eighties issue of Playboy).

Farrah Fawcett cover 2

Farrah was big, but perhaps even bigger was her hair.  For a few years, it seemed like every girl in school was sporting “The Farrah” style.

Farrah Fawcett girl of the year cover

Farrah Fawcett mag cover

What could be bigger than a superstar sex symbol?  A superstar sex symbol couple.  The Lee Majors/Farrah match was “the” story on all the celebrity rags for a time.  Sadly, this would end in disaster when Lee Majors went away for work and asked Ryan O’Neil to watch his lady while he was away.  What was he thinking?

Farrah Fawcett January 1976

Farrah Fawcett (2)

Farrah Fawcett 1970s mag

april 1975 Farrah Fawcett

April 1975 – a rare Farrah cover before the Fall 1976 tidal wave.  You’ll note that the Cosmo cover doesn’t even list her name (she was essentially an unknown model at this point).

Farrah Fawcett foreign magazine

él magazine features a crop of Farrah’s insanely iconic poster.

sept 1976 Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett november 1976

Of course, many of the Farrah covers also featured the other Angels, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.  Much like Suzanne Somer’s departure from Three’s Company, Farrah left at the height of fame amid controversy. They were big shoes to fill; Cheryl Ladd was able to pull it off, but never came close to Farrah’s popularity level.

Dec 1976 Farrah Fawcett

Jan 1977 Farrah Fawcett

Nov 1977 Farrah Fawcett

December 1976 Farrah Fawcett

July 1983 Farrah Fawcett

So, I think you get the picture – Farrah’s face dominated print media at a level that was, perhaps, unprecedented.  I’ll leave you with a few additional examples to further underline the point…

Farrah Fawcett journal June 1977

March 1979 Farrah Fawcett

Nov 1976 Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett November 1977

Farrah Fawcett magazine 33

May 1977 Farrah Fawcett

November 1978 Farrah Fawcett

saturday evening post Farrah Fawcett 1977

Farrah Fawcett mag

July 1977 Farrah Fawcett

farrah-fawcett-Dec 1978

June 1978 Farrah Fawcett

farrah covers 1970s

Farrah Fawcett June 1978

  • njguy54

    As a 70s kid, I can attest that Farrah (our first celebrity known by a single name?) was everywhere — especially right at the time when my friends and I were just getting interested in girls. Almost every boy of that era had THAT poster in his room. And every girl had (or tried to have) her hair.

    Speaking of which, its odd to see pictures of Farrah with hair different from her iconic hairstyle. It’s like seeing pictures of Lincoln without the beard. Something just seems off.

    • Fred Johansen

      I imagine Cher was around before Farrah as far as celebrities with a single name. I could be wrong though..

      • njguy54

        Roughly the same time, but yeah.

      • mournblade1066

        Actually, the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour debuted in 1971, but they were famous ever since 1965 when “I Got You Babe” was a hit.

  • timdub70

    Yes, she did a lot of stuff before Charlie’s Angels. She was a semi-regular on the David Janssen show Harry O and also on the box of my sister’s hair styler. If you remember hair stylers, they were the precursor to blow-dryers. They had combs on them so you could comb and style your hair while you were drying it.

  • Steve Mills

    Jeez, covers of both Bananas AND Dynamite? That’s how you know you’ve made it.

    • AlanOne7

      And Mad and National Lampoon and National Enquirer.

      I was going to pity the lady for having to change clothes so often during photo-shoots. Then saw all the duplicates, including four shots in the blue sweater-top. That photographer must’ve made a bundle.

      My Dad and I thought Jacqueline Smith was prettier, but to each his own.

  • Grant Aldridge

    I think this 1977 New Times cover sums up just how prolific Farrah’s magazine appearances were! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b3df32f4b5df4ef9d6bcc591e1960f63e6ba00d337f755838c516ed40d421f6.jpg

  • Barry Rivadue

    Twiggy was also a one name wonder.

  • Freakanatcha

    How much more 70’s can you get? The answer is none more, none more 70’s.

  • Stephen

    I still have many of these magazines. Farrah was one of a kind. Total ICON who will be remembered for a long time

  • SkeptiGal

    The ubiquitous Farrah cover! Defined an era.