In the late 1970s, Farrah Fawcett
was, without a doubt, the most famous sex symbol in the world, thanks to her best-selling poster and role on Charlie's Angels
. For a while, a Farrah craze swept the nation, inspiring a slew of lookalike contests. Below are some of the winners.
In February 1977, Mary Gallagher beat out 280 other wannabe Farrahs in a nationwide lookalike contest held in Detroit. She subsequently became the best-known Farrah lookalike. People magazine even ran a feature about her.
Gallagher posing in front of the Farrah poster.
Detroit Free Press - Feb 2, 1977
In her day job, Gallagher was a clerk for the UPS, but after winning the contest she signed up with a modeling agency and landed various paid appearances as a Farrah lookalike, such as a gig (below) at Rosella's furniture store in Greenville, Mississippi. (Dobbs was her married name.)
Delta Democrat-Times - Jun 24, 1977
Calgary Herald - Oct 7, 1978
Tampa Bay Times - May 23, 1977
Tampa Bay Times - July 22, 1977
Los Angeles Times - Oct 6, 1978
Chicago Tribune - Oct 2, 1978
Boston Globe - May 2, 1977
Philadelphia Daily News - June 18, 1977
Carlsbad Current Argus - May 16, 1977
Honorable Mention Losers
I found reports of two guys who entered Farrah lookalike contests: James Van Akkeren of Sheboygan and Pete Wagner of the University of Minnesota. Neither of them won. And unfortunately I can't find a picture of either one.
Pocono Record - Aug 10, 1977