This is the story of actress Frances Farmer.

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Adolph Zukor (as Leonard Cimino)
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Harold Clurman
Jeannie Elias ...
Lottie (as Jeanne Elias)
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Bruce Ornstein ...
John Garfield
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Luther Adler
Madeleine Sherwood ...
2nd Doctor (as Madeline Thornton-Sherwood)
Ivor Francis ...
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Based on the fast and frantic life of actress Frances Farmer tracing her life from her childhood in Seattle, through her college years, her flirtation with radical politics, her success in films and the theater, her doomed love affair with Clifford Odets, her physical and mental breakdown, and her ultimate emergence from an institution where she spent five years, to her death from cancer. Written by Matthew Patay

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'Jeanira Ratcliffe', Farmer's ghostwriter, wrote a draft of the screenplay in the early 1970s when the book was being considered for a big screen adaptation. See more »

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I enjoyed this sad but realistic movie.
17 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a good movie, but the portrayal of Frances Farmer by Actress Jessica Lange was absolutely worthy of an award. That version of her life is truly a film every aspiring actor should see. "Frances" is one of the most powerful movies I have seen and I highly recommend it.


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