Fawcett in 1994. (George Gongora / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP) Fawcett in 1994. (George Gongora / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

 

 

“We just sat there looking at each other. And he’s like enraged, like some crazy guy . . . his face is all frothing and everything. So I said, ‘Come on, chicken [expletive]! You gonna use it or what? What? Come on!'”

 

— Farrah Fawcett on the time she faced down a New York City robber who threatened her with a screwdriver in 1983. You’ll want to listen all the way to the end: Wonder if she ever worked with that assistant again. The late star told the story in a 1994 interview with TV Guide — newly animated as part of PBS Digital Studios’ delightful “Blank on Blank” series — to illustrate the moment she realized she had reserves of strength that belied her glitzy “Charlie’s Angels” image.

(Previously: Jim Morrison on being fat, 4/2/13; Beastie Boys on their name, 4/30/13; Wilt Chamberlain on his height, 5/16/13; James Brown on Ronald Reagan, 5/28/13; and more at PBS’s site.)

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