Wait What!?! Ayn Rand cast penpal Farrah Fawcett as Dagny Taggart?

Amy Wallace writes an insightful interview with Farrah on the relationship between the philospher and the sex symbol. A recent email exchange with the late Farrah Fawcett reveals the unlikely friendship between the Charlie’s Angels star and the novelist Ayn Rand, who helped the actress understand her place in culture—and longed to cast her in a TV version of Atlas Shrugged

Below is an excerpt with Farrah answering the question “Why did Rand say she was so determined to see you in the role of Dagny Taggart, the female heroine in Atlas Shrugged?:

I don’t remember if Ayn’s letter specifically mentioned Charlie’s Angels, but I do remember it saying that she was a fan of my work. A few months later, when we finally spoke on the phone (actually she did most of the speaking and I did most of the listening), she said she never missed an episode of the show. I remember being surprised and flattered by that. I mean, here was this literary genius praising Angels. After all, the show was never popular with critics who dismissed it as “Jiggle TV.” But Ayn saw something that the critics didn’t, something that I didn’t see either (at least not until many years later): She described the show as a “triumph of concept and casting.” Ayn said that while Angels was uniquely American, it was also the exception to American television in that it was the only show to capture true “romanticism”—it intentionally depicted the world not as it was, but as it should be.

Farrah sums is up with: “And this was the feeling I got from Ayn herself, from the way she spoke to me. I’ll always think of “Dagny Taggart” as the best role I was supposed to play but never did…”

FULL ARTICLE:  http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-25/farrahs-brainy-side/full/

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