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Frances Farmer (1913–1970)

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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 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
- The Velvet Rope (1959) ... Vera
 1958 Frances Farmer Presents (TV Series)
Hostess (1958-1964)
 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 World Premiere
Kitty Carr
 1940 South of Pago Pago
Ruby Taylor
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
 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
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Other Works:

Thunder Rock (1939). Drama. Written by Robert Ardrey. Directed by Elia Kazan. Mansfield Theatre: 14 Nov 1939- 2 Dec 1939 (23 performances). Cast: 'Frances Farmer' (as "Melanie"), Luther Adler, Roman Bohnen, Harry Bratsburg, Phil Brown, Morris Carnovsky, Lee J. Cobb, Mary Fowler, Robert Lewis, Myron McCormick, Ruth Nelson, Art ... See more »

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


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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[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 them 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 »


French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer chose her stage name in homage to Frances, and her first hit song, "Maman a tort", in 1984 was about the actress. See more »

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Coming soon: a new Farmer biography! york74
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