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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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Flowing Gold
Flowing Gold Linda Chalmers
Too Many Parents
Too Many Parents Sally Colman
The Toast of New York
The Toast of New York Josie Mansfield


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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 Badlands of Dakota
Calamity Jane
 1941 World Premiere
Kitty Carr
 1940 Flowing Gold
Linda Chalmers
 1940 South of Pago Pago
Ruby Taylor
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
 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:

She acted in Somerset Maugham's play, "Our Betters," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Constance Collier and Ann Andrews in the cast. See more »

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


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[on her experience as a mental patient] Never console yourself into believing that the terror has passed, for it looms as large and evil today as it did in the despicable era of Bedlam. But I must relate the horrors as I recall them, in the hope that some force for mankind might be moved to relieve forever the unfortunate creatures who are still imprisoned in the back wards of decaying ... See more »


Director Howard Hawks said he considered her the best actress he ever worked with. See more »

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