The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.

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Lady at Roosevelt Hotel (as J.J. Chaback)
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Frances Farmer, a precocious Seattle teenager, takes unpopular social and political positions, to the mixed reactions of her parents. Frances becomes an actress and has some strong success in New York, but her refusal to bend her convictions and her outspoken (but sometimes naive) political expressiveness cause her difficulties, especially after she accepts a Hollywood contract. Torn between new-found success and intense feelings that she does not deserve the riches and fame she gains from the phoniness of Hollywood, Frances butts heads with studio executives and with her own mother, who revels in Frances's fame but provides Frances no emotional support. When drunken fights and arrests derail her career, Frances is sent to a psychiatric hospital with the acquiescence of her mother. What follows is a nightmare of poor treatment and psychological trauma, augmented by the increasing determination of Frances's mother to control her daughter's life. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Beautiful. Talented. Intelligent. Courageous. She Was Frances Farmer. She Should've Been The Silver Screen's Greatest Star. See more »


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3 February 1983 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Frances, μια αδέσμευτη γυναίκα  »

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$5,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Harry York, a largely fictional character played by Sam Shepard, was based on a political radical named Stewart Jacobson who claimed to have been Frances Farmer's lover. People who were close to Farmer claimed he had never even met her. See more »

Goofs

When Frances is at the party and is warned that she's being "bugged" by the Feds, a boom mic is clearly visible over her head. See more »

Quotes

Harry York: Frances, you're crazy.
Frances Farmer: [softly] Don't tell anybody.
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Connections

Featured in A Hollywood Life: Remembering Frances (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five & Ten Cent Store)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon and Billy Rose
Arranged and Performed by Mood Indigo
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Movie captures ambiance of Red Scare era
23 March 2007 | by (Miami, FL, USA) – See all my reviews

Frances is my favorite movie of all time! I just love everything about this movie, even though I know it is not for everyone. I can identify so much with Frances'relationship with her controlling mother and how hard it is when you love someone whole-heartedly yet they love you back in "their own way". I loved the costumes, make-up, hairstyles, furniture, even the color of the film itself, brownish, golden tones, which gives it a melancholic feeling. Jessica Lange's performance should have won her the Oscar instead of winning it for Tootsie. Hollywood knew they had to give her something and not leave her out that year. The Red Scare was all over this film and what the consequences of being true to one's ideals may be in a selfish world.


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