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EXCLUSIVE: Ryan O'Neal Starts Work On Farrah Fawcett Documentary Sequel

Feb. 18 2010, Published 10:15 a.m. ET

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Ryan O'Neal has started work on a sequel to Farrah Fawcett’s cancer documentary, is reporting exclusively.

O’Neal employed a photographer to capture every heartbreaking moment of Farrah’s funeral and burial - and it will all be feature in the sequel about her cancer battle, even as litigation rages over the first documentary.

A producer for the new project traveled to Fawcett's home state of Texas earlier this month to film a series of one-on-one interviews, learned exclusively.

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One of the late Charlie's Angels' closest friends from college, Sylvia Dorsey, participated in the interview.

But Karen Spelling, a lifelong friend who grew up with Fawcett in Corpus Christi, refused to participate, in another apparent protest against O'Neal, who is suing – and being sued by – Craig Nevius, the producer who was dropped at the last minute from the first documentary.

The new project is being billed as a tribute show, has been told. It is not known if NBC will be involved in the second production.

"It will take a completely different approach than the documentary," said a source, familiar with the production.

O'Neal confirmed exclusively to that he was working on a project.

"My understanding is that he is collecting recollections/memories of Farrah from her friends and family for archival purposes," the actor's publicist Arnold Robinson said.

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In a September classifieds advertisement placed in The Hollywood Reporter, a producer who identified herself as Stephanie Lynn, sought from the public: "Looking for candid footage of Farrah for upcoming one-hour tribute."

Lynn is the same woman who has been regularly photographed alongside O'Neal after Farrah’s death and in photos published on has also learned O'Neal employed photographer Samuel Lippke to shoot still images inside Farrah's funeral service at Los Angeles Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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"I had the honor of photographing an amazing woman’s funeral," said Lippke, in a statement posted on his website.

"I can’t write much due to discretion rules and I can’t post images that I took... all of my images go straight to Ryan and no one else."

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However, Lippke revealed that he photographed "some extremely touching moments, bagpipes, tears, rosary beads, eulogies, it was beautiful."

O’Neal has been accused by Nevius of exploiting Farrah in her final days. And Farrah’s Charlie’s Angels co-star Kate Jackson also claimed that Ryan controlled Farrah and refused to let Kate see her.


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