Ryan O'Neal has been trying to get Farrah Fawcett to marry him since her ex-husband, Lee Majors, first introduced them way back in the '70s. Now, with Farrah on her deathbed after a long battle with cancer, the weatherbeaten Love Story star says he'll get his lady to say "I do" at any cost. "I've asked her to marry me, again, and she's agreed," O'Neal told Barbara Walters in an interview for 20/20 that will air this Friday. "I used to ask her to marry me all the time," O'Neal said. "But ... it just got to be a joke, you know. We just joked about it."
Farrah was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and her battle has been marked by alternative therapies and tabloid attention. She sought experimental treatments in Germany, and later proved that UCLA hospital staffers were selling her confidential medical information to the National Enquirer.
More recently, Farrah and friend Alana Stewart put together an intimate documentary about her battle against the disease that aired on NBC last month. "As much as I would have liked to have kept my cancer private, I now realize that I have a certain responsibility to those who are fighting their own fights and may be able to benefit from learning about mine," Farrah said about her reasons for making the documentary. Read: Cancer-Surviving Single Dad Seeks Love
O'Neal says Farrah is still "fighting for her life," even though friends and family said their goodbyes last month. Their 24-year-old son, Redmond, was allowed to make a visit to his mother in April while in jail for violating his probation.
The Fawcett-O'Neal nuptials (which would be his third marriage, and her second) might be complicated by her fragile condition, but Ryan says they will marry "as soon as she can, say yes. ... Maybe we can just nod her head." Given the dire reports on Farrah's health that came out last month, we hope they do their nodding with all haste and that she's comfortable and surrounded by people who love her. Cancer sucks.
Via People and Us Weekly. Photo courtesy of Splash News.