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OTRC: Farrah Fawcett's iconic swimsuit featured at the Smithsonian

Left: Objects from the private collection of Farrah Fawcett's estate, including the red swimsuit from her iconic 1976 poster, right, are seen at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, in Washington. Right: Actress Farrah Fawcett-Majors is shown, Jan. 1977. Farrah stars as Jill, one of "Charlie's Angels" on ABC. (Jacquelyn Martin)

Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit from her iconic 1976 poster will join the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History collection on Wednesday, on what would have been her 64th birthday, reports The Associated Press.

The suit was presented by Fawcett's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal. The actor says the former "Charlie's Angels" star always intended to give her suit to the museum. "They asked her years ago for the bathing suit," he told the wire service. "So it was always in her plan."

Fawcett wore the red suit for a photo shot before her debut in "Charlie's Angels" in 1976. The poster went on to become the best selling poster of all time, according to Smithsonian curator Dwight Bowers.

In addition to the bathing suit, O'Neal also donated the actress' scripts from the first season of "Charlie's Angels," a 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll and a styling kit called "Farrah's Glamour Center" meant to help consumers recreate her signature hair.

The items of the collection will be displayed in the museum's pop culture history collection alongside the ruby red slippers featured in "The Wizard of Oz" and Kermit the Frog.

Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

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