Farrah Fawcett's iconic red swimsuit now officially part of U.S. history

farrah-fawcett-poster.jpgThe red swimsuit Farrah Fawcett wore in the 1976 poster that launched millions of teenage-boy fantasies is headed to the Smithsonian.

Fawcett's long-time partner, Ryan O'Neal, and her nephew Greg Walls on Wednesday (Feb. 2) donated the one-piece suit and other memorabilia from Fawcett's life and career to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. The collection also includes a copy of the poster, Fawcett's script book from "Charlie's Angels," a Farrah doll from 1977 and a "Farrah's Glamour Center" hairstyling doll, among other items, the museum says.

Items from the collection will be part of the museum's Division of Culture and Arts and will go on display in the summer.

"It's an honor to see Farrah's famous red bathing suit donated to the Smithsonian Institution, celebrating her place in pop culture," O'Neal says. "The swimsuit is exactly where it belongs, and I know Farrah is looking down on us today flashing that big smile that we all loved."

Wednesday would have been Fawcett's 64th birthday; she died of cancer in June 2009.

Fawcett's swimsuit joins a pop-culture collection at the National Museum of American History that also includes Archie Bunker's armchair, the puffy shirt from "Seinfeld" and the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz."
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