AUSTIN - Her face, her smile, her name. It was known around the world.
Her supermodel looks is what got Farrah Fawcett discovered.
“Everybody pictures the red swimsuit, everybody pictures her famous million dollar smile,” said curator Katie Robinson Edwards.
But there's a side of this former University-of-Texas-student-turned-superstar you likely never saw. This is a side of Fawcett few really knew. And you can get a taste of that side by paying a visit to an Austin museum.
When she wasn't modeling and starring in hits such as "Charlie's Angels," she was sculpting and creating pieces of art.
“She had this profound impact,” said Keith Edmier.
She was a true artist with a talent that those in the art world coveted.
“Her whole life was devoted to art,” said Edmier.
Edmier admired Farrah from afar -- then became the person she said knew her best.
“I'm honored that she felt that way,” said Edmier.
In 2000 they collaborated on a project that became controversial.
“When we did it at the time people didn't want to take her seriously,” he said.
Edmier sculpted a near-naked Farrah and Farrah sculpted him.
“She posed me -- I let her take complete control of that,” he said.
From self portraits to her hand sculpted faces, her art amazed those around her.
“Nobody knows what an intense artist she was,” Edwards, the curator, said.
Fawcett's talent first came to light at UT. She learned from Charles Umlauf, relying on his expertise to help her perfect her craft. Her work now fills the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.
“You think you know somebody," Edwards said. "You scratch the surface, and you realize you didn't know anything about them. Farrah is a really good case study of that,” Edwards, who gathered the collection at Umlauf, said.
The hope was that her exhibit would be up before she died.
“I can't believe that she's gone,” Edmier said.
Six years after her death, those closest to her said they're just grateful people get to see the real talent hidden behind that face.
“She lead a super interesting, intense life," he said. "I think this is something that was really special (and) private to her."
Titled "Mentoring A Muse: Charles Umlauf & Farrah Fawcett," the exhibit will remain on display at the Umlauf Sculpture garden through Aug. 20.
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