Frances Farmer (1913–1970)


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Born in Seattle, Frances Farmer studied drama at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1935, she went to Hollywood where she secured a seven-year contract with Paramount. In 1943, she was wrongfully declared mentally incompetent and committed by her parents to a series of asylums and public mental hospitals, leading to a false rumor that she ... See full bio »

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Flowing Gold Linda Chalmers
(1940)
The Toast of New York Josie Mansfield
(1937)
Too Many Parents Sally Colman
(1936)

Filmography

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 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
Vera
- The Velvet Rope (1959) ... Vera
 1958 The Party Crashers
Mrs. Bickford
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Sarah Walker
- Tongues of Angels (1958) ... Sarah Walker
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Val Schmitt
- Reunion (1958) ... Val Schmitt
 1943 I Escaped from the Gestapo (montage sequence) (uncredited)
 1941 Among the Living
Elaine Raden
 1941 Badlands of Dakota
Jane
 1941 World Premiere
Kitty Carr
 1940 Flowing Gold
Linda Chalmers
 1940 South of Pago Pago
Ruby Taylor
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
Trina
 1937 Ebb Tide
Faith Wishart
 1937 The Toast of New York
Josie Mansfield
 1937 Exclusive
Vina Swain
 1936 Come and Get It
Lotta Morgan / Lotta Bostrom
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Doris Halloway
 1936 Border Flight
Anne Blane
 1936 Too Many Parents
Sally Colman
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Other Works:

Golden Boy (1937). Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Stage Manager: Alan Woolfson. Assistant Stage Manager: Martin Ritt and Bert Conway. Directed by Harold Clurman. Belasco Theatre: 4 Nov 1937- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/250 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Joe Bonaparte"), Roman Bohnen (as "Tom Moody"), Phoebe Brand ... See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Hollywood] It's a nuthouse. The other day, a man phoned and wanted me to endorse a certain brand of cigarettes. I had nothing against them and in fact will smoke them or anything else that comes along, but I didn't know why he was bothering me. I though maybe if I was nice, they'd give me a carton and a thank offering, so I rather tentatively broached the matter of remuneration. What was the ... See more »

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Her rise and tragic fall were documented in the film Frances (1982) with Jessica Lange in the lead role. She received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her performance. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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