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|REAL ANGELS NEVER DIE……THEY JUST SPREAD THEIR WINGS AND FLY!|
|Farrah Reveals Her Inspiration|
|The Man Who Taught Her How To Live And Be Happy|
By Pat Soames | Modern People | September 25, 1977
The man who’s taught Farrah Fawcett the most about life isn’t her father or her
husband Lee Majors. It’s 40-year-old actor Jim Stacy, who is putting his life back
together after a 1973 motorcycle accident in which he lost his left arm and leg.
Farrah met Stacy years ago at a Hollywood party, but only recently renewed her
friendship with him during a visit to Banff, Alberta, Canada. It was there that Lee and
Stacy were making a film, A MATTER OF INCONVENIENCE, to be seen on TV
in the fall. It concerns two men, one of them a Vietnam veteran who’s been partially dismembered.
“I’ve never been so impressed by any one person in my life,” Farrah reveals. “Jim
taught me more about the real meaning of life and our purpose here than
any other person I’ve ever met. You know, all people get burdened by their
own problems. In my case, the stardom that’s come to me over the past
year has been an incredible pressure, and at times, it got to me so much I
lost sight of the things I had to be thankful for.
“I watched Jim, who’s handsome and was one ofHollywood’s most promising leading men.
He had his whole career ahead of him. He could have found big stardom at
any moment. When he lost his leg and arm (Stacy’s girl friend was killed in
the accident) he could have just packed it in. He could have decided to give
up. And I could have understood it too. But he seemed to have found
himself somewhere in all that tragedy. And now when I watch him, move along
without anyone’s help, on crutches, I realize how lucky I am. I’m healthy, I have just
about everything I could wish for in life. I have a good husband and a
family in Texas which has always been behind me in whatever I did.
“The tendency to feel sorry for yourself disappears. It did for me, when I spent some
time with Jim. Like everyone else, I’ve always taken a lot for granted. The
fact that I can walk and play tennis – two things Jim can’t do. I never fully
appreciated them until now.
“I don’t feel sorry for Jim in any way, and I don’t think he wants any sympathy. He’s
gone through years of physical rehabilitation without ever complaining. He
faced an uncertain future – with a child to support (daughter Heather, 7, by
Kim Darby), but he faced it bravely.
“How much work is there for a man like Jim? But he found a renewed spirit and love
of God and my Lord, is he at peace with himself! The best lesson I learned
from Jim was that no matter what material things you have – money, a
big house, cars – they are meaningless if you don’t have faith.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be the same girl again. Every time I walk out on the tennis
court, a little voice inside reminds me how lucky I am to just walk out
there in the first place! When I’m tired and cranky and suddenly I realize I’ve been
complaining about this and that, I think back to Jim and stop the complaining.
What have I got to complain about? I’m the luckiest girl in the world!”
Lee and Farrah have remained good friends with Stacy, even though the filming of
the movie was over this summer. Stacy is a frequent visitor to their home,
and Farrah says that one stops noticing Jim’s incapacity after awhile. He
walks with the aid of a crutch, and is being fitted with an artificial arm, which
he’ll be using hopefully by next year.
“He’s a joy to be around,” Farrah remarks. “He’s the most optimistic man I’ve ever
met. Of course he wasn’t always like that. I know the first two years after
the accident were filled with grief, remorse, self-doubt. But not a day goes
by that he doesn’t really savor life. Life is a great big adventure for him.
He can find the bright side of things that others can’t.”
Farrah notes that Stacy hates testimonials. He doesn’t want “credit” or “accolades” for
getting his life on track again. He simply wants to retake his place in society
as best he can.
“Jim writes poetry. Someone whose been through his ordeal might be angry at the
world. I marvel at him. His poems are conciliatory and full of love for life and
God and the forces that be,” Farrah explains.
“I thanked him once just for knowing him. It probably embarrassed him. But he’s a
truly remarkable man. I just wonder what I would have done if I’d been in that
accident, if I’d come out minus two limbs. Would I have picked up the
pieces like he did? I’d really like to think so.”
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