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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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Known For

Come and Get It
Come and Get It Lotta Morgan / Lotta Bostrom
(1936)
The Toast of New York
The Toast of New York Josie Mansfield
(1937)
Rhythm on the Range
Rhythm on the Range Doris Halloway
(1936)

Filmography

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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:

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 »

Publicity Listings:

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

Trivia:

Culture Club and Everything But The Girl both wrote songs about her, "The Medal Song" and "Ugly Little Dreams", respectively. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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