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Farrah Fawcett Sues Over THAT Photo

2/13/2009 9:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Farrah FawcettIf you were alive in the 1970s, you either had or knew someone who had that iconic red swimsuit photo of Farrah Fawcett plastered on their wall. Now, that photo is at the center of a lawsuit.

Fawcett is suing Bio-Graphics inc., Pie International Inc. and author T.N. Trikilis, claiming that Trikilis "has falsely asserted to third parties that [Fawcett] does not own any rights in the photographs."

Fawcett says she "owns and possesses all the photographs and negatives of all the photographs taken at the photo shoot."

Fawcett claims Trikilis and Pie were telling people they owned exclusive rights to the photo. She says Trikilis and Pie have reproduced the photo and are selling it.

Farrah is suing for $100,000 minimum.

UPDATE -- We almost never put comments up on the site, but this one is too good: "I still have the poster on my bedroom wall & it still does the trick..."

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leave the gun, take the cannolis.    

38. i love this poster it reminds me of when things werent so f-up

Posted at 6:45AM on Feb 14th 2009 by 2drk2fck


THEY WERE MORE FKED UP IN THE 70'S.
DOUBLE DIGIT UNEMPLOYMENT AND INFLATION, GAS RATIONING, AYATOLLAH LEAVING EXILE IN FRANCE AND RETURNING TO IRAN AND RESTARTING MUSLIM VS WESTERN WAR, HOSTAGES AT OUR EMBASSY, VARAK OBAMA THE FIRST....AKA JIMMIE CARTER.....NO THANKS
PS UR A DUFUS.. AN UNEDUCATED KOOLAIDE DRINKING DUFUS.

1890 days ago
47.

bambam4LSU    

DRUGS ARE BAD!!! MR MACKY SAYS,,, But I love my LORTABS, XANNAX, AND SOMA'S... THEY MAKE ME HAPPY!!!

1890 days ago
48.

Bronx IrishCatholic    

I love her! Her work in "The Burning Bed" was wonderful. I thank her for such a real depiction of being battered while showing diginity in spite of being abused. God bless her and her family!

1890 days ago
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sw    

I think Farrah is a lot smarter than people think. She's made a small fortune over the years.
Her 1st & 2nd playboy shoots were over a million dollars, plus when it sold over a million copies she got a bonus check.
Hef put an Ad in Variety thanking her for the most sold playboys in the 90's and said your bonus check is in the mail.
Her hair shampoo deal back in the 70's 5 million
Her hair products in Brazil in the 80's i'm sure was a good chunk of change
Her QVC jewerly line may have brought in some change
and the ton of tv movies i'm sure she pocketed some change.
after this swimsuit poster took off i'm sure she nailed down a good profit from the other posters she had.
She's not as loaded as today's stars, but i'm doubt Farrah is hurting for money.

None of us know is she has the rights or not. we weren't there when the deal was struck. i'm sure she has some legal proof she owns the rights, if not then the courts will say no.

I hope she owns the rights. That poster, that image is amazing. little by little you see other shots of the photo shoot of this poster and they look just as hot as this one. I love the one where she's in the red bathing suit eating a cookie.

Farrah is hot, and maybe 25yrs from now who knows that poster could be hot again.

1890 days ago
50.

Mary    

I doubt Farrah owns the rights...She was just starting in the biz, and happy to be photographed... She knows how famous the poster was , and is still the best selling of all time, during that time...It's her security blanket for when/if she becomes a bag lady...She may need the money now that she is experiencing Cancer, but I doubt that too...She may have acted ditzy, but she is a smart cookie now...I didn't have her poster, but I copied her hairstyle (didn't we all) lol and was told I looked like Farrah..Of course I didn't believe it...We are both from Texas, and went to UT... She really was at the right place and time for stardom....I wish her well, but I think this is a frivolous lawsuit...

1890 days ago
51.

ATLANTA RED    

farrah needs money to keep her piece going on. let it be know that farrah was the bopmb back in the days now she needs money just like everyone else. come farrah GIVE US A BREAK don'rt do it because you're broke and need the money . if yu do millions other than myself will lose respect 4 u

1890 days ago
52.

Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

Studio`s licenced all of her work years ago....She could have setup her own gig and image for a licenced poster?highly unlikely.COURT room law is based upon standards they have allready been tryed(COMMON LAW).Just because some court monkey say she has a case doe`snt mean she does.NO one in hollywood owns any rights to thier work as mega studios take whatever they want for free from whoever they want.Street beat SUNSET deadmans curve and beast row.row is where and when the deals goes down as any film school flukie knows.3 rules of hollywood? anyone?...court monkey?.She will drum up want ever action happens well worth the risk...she is old and had cancer...nothing to loose and could get public backing for a bale out.I wish her the best and hope hollywood honners her work by helping her with medical costs...But the court room standards of his type of case DON`t look good at all.Yes yes she could have got back all rights but that would be about one in 70 millions odds.She would still have to pay to market licence and keep those rights all these years.TMZ see the holes in this case also.BUT she should get her cut if there is still any market there at all.Elvis was worth more dead than alive so he is dead same case.case after case.SOP of hollywood built them break them down kill them off and market them forever...it is the bread and butter of the hollywood system and I don`t think she beat that system!.

1890 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

ANYONE? court monkey?

1890 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

The cost of licence and printing of a poster that is that old would be more than the market value today.I know she is a painter and artiste but do her works sell?.Everyone in hollywood is a artist that doe`snt own thier own art.Maybe after she`s gone there will be a market for one little poster! and maybe her estate will get a cut maybe!.What this WHOLE case does do is get her cheap press and back in the public eye-good move by her PR agent can it get her more money than she made in her day?no unless the PR agent and her crew sell her art works and use that pix as a painting of herself which a tog snapped for her.She should have set it all up herself used a moniter and mirror and remote switch to take the picture of herself.Than took it to her own dark room and setup her own printing company than she would own all that unless her studio contract stopped all that which most studio`s do.It would have never been printed unless hollywood owned it.I think her studio art could be her real life saver and that print may get her that free add space that her PR agent planned in the first place.COURT MONKEY???.

1890 days ago
55.

Pam    

Leave Farrah alone - she's been to hell and back with her courageous battle with cancer - she's a lovely lady and a great actress i.e. "The Burning Bed" - too many people act as though they own celebrities and have a right to express their opinion about things they know nothing about, to speculate and gossip. This world is crashing down around our ears - how about concentrating on what you're going to do if you lose your job, your home and everything dear to you because of what's happening in the United States. Grow up!

1890 days ago
56.

SW    

Farrah was hired by Pro Arts to do the poster. I think Pro Arts is now Pie International Inc. The lucky photographer that did the Farrah shoot was Bruce McBroom.

God, that postesr was everywhere, T-shirts, cups,belt buckles, bean bag chairs, puzzles etc...Younger people don't realize that Farrah was HUGE back in the 70's

An image from over 30 yrs ago, still holding up today I think is pretty cool.

One of these 2 sides has the proof that they own the rights. One side will be very happy. Personally I hope it's Farrah

1890 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

Thats why they call them studio`s and production lots.Everyone is a nobody untill the mega studio builds you a image thank TMZ trashes that image-it keep all the union working and feeds the whole system.There is no artist in hollywood only the treadmill...Great PR agency pitching her back in the feedlot.TMZ see the holes in her story But I also hope she gets some bread to pay the bills.No medical benefits SUCK!.

1889 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

It sold over 12 million posters was taken in her backyard and by MCbroom as you said.She also sold over 4 million copys of playboy a few years later.MCbroom was on asignment for PRO ARts and only got 1,000 bucks for taking that still.He is or was a film studio still shoot TOG but back than he was just starting off.She picked the print to use out of 25 pictures taken.It could have been sold off later but thats highly unlikely.If it is still selling the for sure she should get her cut.PLayboy could do a reissue of her old playboy also to sell her some print.HOLLYWOOD should help her pay the bills no matter what happens in the court room as far as medical costs go.

1889 days ago
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Howard Robard Hughes IIV    

She only wants 100,000$? that thing was HUGE made over 100 million in profits what gives?.Fishing for more money makers?.

1889 days ago
60.

township resident    

Guess what? Ted N. Treklis died on January 27, 2009. Local rumors tell that he was broke and owed back taxes. He was a resident of Chippewa Lake, Ohio. See the Medina County Gazette obits January 30, 2009.

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