As part of our Late Greats tribute package, EW asked the friends and colleagues to share their memories of the stars we lost in 2009.

Farrah Fawcett

Feb. 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009

By Jaclyn Smith

I think what made Farrah work was that she was so sexy, yet there was that girl-next-door quality about her, so she didn’t alienate people. Girls loved her, guys loved her. Farrah was an original, always her own person in her personal life as well as in her career. Her choices were unexpected. I am in awe of the bravery she showed in facing her disease. Her strength, her resilience, her utter lack of self-pity. Her disease did not kill her spirit. She will live in my heart forever. (Fawcett died of cancer in Santa Monica.)

For more Late Greats tributes — including Matthew Broderick on John Hughes, Keith Carradine on David Carradine, and Kenny Ortega on Michael Jackson — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.

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