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Farah Fawcett's swimsuit goes to the Smithsonian

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The red swimsuit and an original copy of the swimsuit poster, that immortalized the bathing suit, belonging to the late actress Farah Fawcett were enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History Feb. 2, in Washington, DC. Ryan ONeal presented objects related to Fawcetts career including the red swimsuit, an original copy of the swimsuit poster, that immortalized the bathing suit, photographed before Fawcetts debut on Charlies Angels in September 1976 and to date has sold more than 12 million copies, a leather-bound book of Fawcetts personal copies of scripts for the first season of Charlies Angels, a Fawcett swimsuit jigsaw puzzle, a Farrah Phenomenon
1976 edition of TV Guide, a Charlies Angels 1976 edition of Time magazine, an original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a Farrahs Glamour Center
hairstyling toy.

According to AP, Fawcett wore the bathing suit for a photo shoot shortly before her debut on "Charlie's Angels" in 1976. The resulting poster sold millions of copies and became the best selling poster of all time, according to Smithsonian curator Dwight Bowers. Bowers compared the poster to World War II pinups of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, saying it became a symbol of the 1970s era.

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