A US documentary that shows Farrah Fawcett‘s battle against cancer drew an estimated 8.9 million viewers.
Farrah’s Story details the former Charlie’s Angels star’s treatment and hopes for recovery, following her through chemotherapy and other gruelling treatment.
The film was NBC’s most-watched program in its Friday night time slot in more than a year, excluding the Olympics, according to preliminary ratings.
Fawcett’s video diary was initially intended for private viewing by family and friends, but was shared with a wider audience after the actress realised her story could inspire others, said her close friend Alana Stewart, a producer on the film.
The actress maintains good humour during the film as she faces pain, setbacks and, as the treatments grow harsher, the loss of her trademark lush blond locks.
“I do not want to die of this disease. So I say to God, ‘It is seriously time for a miracle,'” Fawcett says.
Her longtime companion, actor Ryan O’Neal, said in an interview last week that the actress is in a ‘very rocky place’.
O’Neal is shown in the documentary as a steady presence as the actress goes through highs and lows, although the two ended their long romantic relationship in the late 1990s.
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