The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts has apologized for not including Farrah Fawcett in the Acadamy Awards' "In Memorium" montage — but says it wasn't an oversight.
"There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show, that helps at all," executive director Bruce Davis told People. "They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."
Fawcett, who is best known for her role on TV's Charlie's Angels, also appeared in such films as Man of the House, The Apostle, and Dr. T & the Women. Also excluded from the film tribute was Golden Girl star Bea Arthur, whose films included For Better or Worse and Mame.
On Tuesday, Tatum O'Neal issued a statement that said: "On behalf of myself, my father Ryan O'Neal and my entire family, we are deeply saddened that a truly beautiful and talented actress, Farrah Fawcett, was not included in the memorial montage during the 82nd Academy Awards. We are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons. Beautiful, talented Farrah will never be forgotten by her family and amazing fans."
Ryan O'Neal was Fawcett's longtime partner.
Davis said he considered including Fawcett, but felt her "remarkable television work" would be better honored at the Emmys ceremony, in which she was recognized. He also defended his inclusion of Michael Jackson, much better known for his musical than film accomplishments, saying Jackson was the subject of last year's This Is It documentary.
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