Jaclyn Smith Wants Painting to Stay with O’Neal
They played Angels together on television. And it’s apparent that Jaclyn Smith has not completely gotten over the death of her friend Farrah Fawcett, who died from cancer in 2009.
Smith stood in front of cameras yesterday at the Los Angeles courthouse in defense of Fawcett’s longtime partner Ryan O’Neal. The issue at hand is an Andy Warhol painting of Fawcett reportedly worth millions of dollars. Does the valuable piece of art belong to O’Neal or does it belong to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Austin, where Fawcett went to school.
Smith thinks it clearly should stay with O’Neal. The former Charlie’s Angels star said through tears, “I think the most important thing would be imaging what Farrah would want. I really feel Farrah would want that portrait with Ryan.”
However, Fawcett left all her artwork to the school in her will. O’Neal argues that Warhol himself gave the actor the painting during a telephone conversation. The painting is currently at O’Neal’s house in California and that’s where Redmond, the son of Fawcett and O’Neal, thinks it needs to stay. “This portrait is a family heirloom. It has no money value to me. It’s sentimental. It’s to stay in the family. It’s a beautiful remembrance of my mom, and it belongs where it is.”
Smith showed up at the courthouse to support O’Neal and Redmond. The actress says that it was the sight of Redmond that got her emotional to the point of tears. Smith described Warhol’s work as a spot on rendition of the 1970s iconic pinup model. “It’s her soul, it’s her eyes, it’s her hair, it’s everything she is.”
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