Farrah Fawcett to air video diary of cancer battle

By Jill Serjeant

June 18, 2010 Updated May 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Farrah Fawcett is
going public with her two-and-a-half year battle with anal
cancer, telling the story her way through a video diary to be
broadcast on U.S. television next week,

The former "Charlie's Angels" star chronicles her private
struggles and her treatments in the United States and Germany
in "Farrah's Story", which will be shown on NBC on May 15, the
network said Tuesday.

"I've never understood why people are interested in
anything that I do. Until now." Fawcett, 62, said in a
statement

"As much as I would have liked to have kept my cancer
private, I now realize that I have a certain responsibility to
those who are fighting their own fights and may be able to
benefit from learning about mine."

Shot with her own home video recorder and narrated by
Fawcett, the two-hour special includes appearances by Fawcett's
long-time partner, Ryan O'Neal, and her "Charlie's Angels"
co-stars, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson.

Although born in Texas, Fawcett came to epitomize Hollywood
and California glamor in the 1970s as the tanned, tousled blond
undercover detective in the popular TV show.

She was diagnosed with anal cancer in September 2006. Four
months later she declared herself cancer-free only to have the
disease return in May 2007.

Fawcett has sought alternative treatment in Germany and was
briefly hospitalized last month in Los Angeles after returning
for a medical procedure in Germany. One report in April said
the cancer had spread to her liver but Fawcett's doctors
declined to comment.

Doug Vaughan, senior vice president of specials and
alternative development at NBC, said that "Farrah's Story" was
an "incredibly intimate and moving story."

"Farrah wanted us to see the face of cancer and she wanted
to set the record straight regarding her diagnosis, her
treatment and her outlook on the future," Vaughan said.

The actress described the footage, some of which has
already been shared with U.S. entertainment television shows,
as "very personal."

"At the time, I didn't know if anybody would ever see it.
But at some point, the footage took on a life of its own and
dictated that it be seen," she said.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte, Editing by Sandra Maler)




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