Less than a week after succumbing to a long battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett was laid to rest on Tuesday during a ceremony held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles.
As the hearse bearing Fawcett’s body pulled up to the church, longtime love Ryan O’Neal (who was also spotted wearing what looked like a simple, gold wedding ring), best friend Alana Stewart, and a handful of men waited outside to receive her. Former fellow Charlie’s Angels Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson were also spotted entering the ceremony. Eight pallbearers brought her coffin- which was covered with a huge bouquet of orange, yellow and white flowers- into the church shortly before the church bells began to ring.
Her son Redmond was also on hand and read the first reading from the Bible (Lamentations 3: 17 – 26). Ryan read the second reading (Wisdom 3: 1- 9).
The program passed out at the ceremony was an ode to the icon’s glamorous persona. On the cover of the pamplet, Fawcett- in a sequined dress- is shown giving a million-dollar smile to the camera as her trademark hair runs curly and free. Inside the cover the words of James Joyce set the tone for the somber event. From his quoted poem At That Hour:
Play on, invisible harps, unto Love,
Whose way in heaven is aglow
At that hour when soft lights come and go,
Soft sweet music in the air above
And in the earth below.
At the end of the ceremony, Fawcett’s casket was carried out by Ryan, Redmond, and six pallbearers as bagpipes solemnly played. After standing by as they closed the doors of the hearse, Redmond helped his grandmother and grandfather get into a limo and drive away.
Ryan spoke to a few of the attendees outside the church and waved to the crowd gathered across the street before getting into his own limo.