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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)
Vera
- 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
Trina
 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 »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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[on her reaction to her high school essay "God Dies"] It was pretty sad, because for the first time, I found how stupid people could be. It sort of made me feel alone in the world. The more people pointed at me in scorn, the more stubborn I got, and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West High School, I tried to live up to it. See more »

Trivia:

Stephen Cush, a member of the British group "The Men They Couldn't Hang", wrote a song called "Lobotomy Gets 'Em Home" in memory of her after he saw the biographical film Frances (1982). The song appears on the album "Silvertown" on Silvertone Records. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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