Washington, DC 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported)  April 19, 2001

                         THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION
             (Exact Name of the Registrant as Specified in Charter)

California                               0-3658                 95-1068610
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(State or Other Jurisdiction          (Commission              (IRS Employer
of Incorporation)                      File Number)         Identification No.)

1 First American Way, Santa Ana, California                    92707-5913
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(Address of Principal Executive Offices)                       (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code  (714) 800-3000

                                 Not Applicable.
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

Item 5.        Other Events.

               See the attached Exhibit.

Item 7.        Exhibits.

               99       Press Release dated April 19, 2001.


          Pursuant to the  requirements of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934,
the  Registrant  has duly  caused  this Report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                    THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION

Date: May 7, 2001                  By:       /s/ Thomas A. Klemens
                                      Name:  Thomas A. Klemens
                                      Title: Executive Vice President and Chief
                                             Financial Officer