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Actress, spokesmodel Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

BY Antoinette Alexander

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Farrah Fawcett, a sex-symbol of the 1970s, who is perhaps most remembered for her role on “Charlie’s Angels” and for her golden locks that brought women into hair salons to emulate her style, died on Thursday of cancer. She was 62.

The blonde bombshell, whose posters graced the walls of many adolescent boys everywhere, became a breakout star of the detective series “Charlie’s Angels,” but her experience also included modeling for several consumer packaged goods brands, such as Ultra Brite toothpaste and Wella Balsam.

In the 1980s, Fawcett began tackling more serious roles and starred in several made-for-TV movies, such as “The Burning Bed,” “Extremities” and “Small Sacrifices.”

In 2006, she was diagnosed with anal cancer, and her struggles and setbacks were recorded in the television documentary “Farrah’s Story.” In the documentary, she is seen shaving off most of her trademark tendrils before chemotherapy could strip her of them.

This month, the father of her son and longtime companion, actor Ryan O’Neal, said he asked Fawcett to marry him. The two had agreed they would marry as soon as she could say yes.

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P&G announces retirement of global external relations officer Otto

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has announced the retirement of global external relations officer Charlotte Otto, effective Feb. 15, 2010.

Otto is retiring after 33 years of service and 13 years as head of external relations. She will step down from her current role on July 1, and will then be on special assignment reporting to A.G. Lafley, chairman of the board, to support him in his role as full-time P&G chairman and chair of the 2009 Cincinnati community United Way campaign.

Succeeding Otto is Christopher Hassall, VP corporate communications and reputation and North America external relations. Hassall will assume the new role on July 1, reporting to Robert McDonald, newly elected president and CEO, on corporate-related external relations matters, and to Marc Pritchard, global brand building officer, on brand-related external relations matters.

“Charlotte Otto leaves a strong track record of results in leveraging external relations to build and protect P&G’s business and reputation,” stated Lafley. “She has championed development of influencer marketing for P&G brands, and advanced breakthrough work to measure its business building impact. She also sponsored P&G’s Live, Learn & Thrive corporate cause, which now improves life for more than 60 million children annually around the world, and has played a key leadership role in the Cincinnati community.”

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Garnier names new spokesmodel and introduces new products

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Garnier Fructis has tapped supermodel Bar Refaeli as its newest spokesmodel for the brand’s newest launches in hair care: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition and Anti-Humidity Hairspray collections.

The Israel-born model — whose international career started in 2001, when she received the title of “Model of the Year” in her country — will appear in international Garnier Fructis campaigns.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with such a beautiful woman inside and out,” stated Maybelline New York-Garnier president David Greenberg. “Not only does Bar Refaeli have beautiful hair that’s in line with what Garnier Fructis products represent, but she embodies Garnier’s overall focus on healthy beauty and a positive mindset.”

The new Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition collection is set to hit mass-market retailers beginning in July. The collection, packaged in a new emerald green, includes fortifying shampoo, fortifying conditioner and a 3-Minute Undo: dryness reversal treatment. The formulas promise intense nourishment and are infused with olive oil, avocado oil and shea oil.

Also new is a collection of Anti-Humidity Hairsprays with bamboo extract. The line includes four formulas: Full Control anti-humidity hairspray (Ultra Strong Hold), Sleek & Shine anti-humidity hairspray (Ultra Strong Hold), Flexible Control anti-humidity hairspray (Strong Hold) and Volumizing anti-humidity hairspray (Extra Strong Hold). These products started hitting retail shelves in June.

In other brand news, Garnier also is launching its new Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle night cream to round out the Ultra-Life Pro skin care line and the new Skin Renew Awakening face massager to bolster its Skin Renew collection. The Skin Renew Awakening face massager features an exclusive rolling applicator to deliver to the skin a daily radiance moisturizer with caffeine and other “skin nutrients” to help correct signs of aging while keeping skin hydrated.

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