Farrah Fawcett's red swimsuit going to Smithsonian

In this June 25, 2009 photo, a poster of Farrah Fawcett is shown for sale in a tourist shop in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The red swimsuit that helped make Fawcett an icon is going to the Smithsonian. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

February 2, 2011 10:23:01 AM PST
The red swimsuit that helped make "Charlie's Angels" actress Farrah Fawcett a 1970s icon is going to the Smithsonian in Washington. Fawcett's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal donated the swimsuit and other items to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Wednesday. A 1976 poster of Fawcett in the dampened one-piece swimsuit sold millions of copies.

Also donated to the Smithsonian were Fawcett's copies of scripts for the first season of "Charlie's Angels" and a 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll.

The items will be part of the museum's popular culture history collection.

Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62 after battling cancer.