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Farrah Fawcett On Tennis

In 1978 Farrah Fawcett-Majors was a major Hollywood star at the height of her popularity as a poster pin-up starlet and TV star in Charlie’s Angels.

She was also a major tennis enthusiast and player. So much so that she even mentioned the sport on an appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.

Carson, also an avid tennis player, asked Farrah how she balanced such a busy career in TV, movies, modeling and endorsing products.

“I play tennis,” said then 31 year old native of Corpus Christi, Texas. “I think it’s a great outlet for me. I know that in the morning I can be very tense, I just think about the day, how I’m going to organize – four films in the next two years, covers, Faberge (ad campaign), it goes on and on . So I’ll go out and play tennis and if I beat someone, which is a great thrill, all of a sudden I’m mellow throughout the day. I feel better throughout the day after tennis. Men have always had this (physical outlet), women are just now discovering this.”

Carson agreed with his guest, without mentioning his own love for tennis, attending the US Open, Wimbledon and Los Angeles pro tournaments and later selling a Malibu home to John McEnroe, with part of the deal involving tennis lessons from his infamous buyer.

Farrah’s famous swimsuit poster of 1977 sold over 12,000,000 copies and earned her about $400,000 in royalties. One of those 12,000,000 posters decorated my childhood bedroom wall.

She was considered one of the best tennis playing celebrities, a regular participant in Pro-Ams and celebrity tournaments.

Farrah credited tennis with helping her get the role of “Jill Munroe” on Charlie’s Angels because she and her first husband Lee Majors often played tennis with powerful TV producer Aaron Spelling.

Farrah in action on court

Farrah on The Dating Game 1969

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