Farrah Fawcett, always an advertising angel

Farrah Fawcett's ad history is rich and varied. She lathered up Joe Namath for Noxema, romped on the beach with a pooch for her own line of Faberge shampoos (above), and kept her famous smile fresh with Ultra-Brite. She was once married to Lee Majors, the Six-Million Dollar Man. It was a '70s Brangelina-type union that fueled tabloid headlines when many of the tabloids were still new. She gave several solid, serious acting performances, notably in The Burning Bed and Extremities. Of course, that swimsuit poster was her greatest claim to fame: In the Bicentennial year, its sales, reportedly 12 million, probably rivaled those of Old Glory. Farrah Fawcett died on Thursday at 62. She got her wings too soon.

—Posted by David Gianatasio