Frances Farmer (1913–1970)


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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

Flowing Gold Linda Chalmers
(1940)
The Toast of New York Josie Mansfield
(1937)
Ebb Tide Faith Wishart
(1937)
Too Many Parents Sally Colman
(1936)

Filmography

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 1959 Special Agent 7 (TV Series)
Vera
- The Velvet Rope (1959) ... Vera
 1958 The Party Crashers
Mrs. Bickford
 1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Sarah Walker
- Tongues of Angels (1958) ... Sarah Walker
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Val Schmitt
- Reunion (1958) ... Val Schmitt
 1951 Crime Photographer (TV Series)
Mrs. Adams
- The Case of The Scowling Boy (1951) ... Mrs. Adams
 1943 I Escaped from the Gestapo (montage sequence) (uncredited)
 1941 Among the Living
Elaine Raden
 1941 Badlands of Dakota
Jane
 1941 World Premiere
Kitty Carr
 1940 Flowing Gold
Linda Chalmers
 1940 South of Pago Pago
Ruby Taylor
 1938 Ride a Crooked Mile
Trina
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1958) She acted in N. Richard Nash's play, "The Rainmaker," at the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City, Michigan. Ruth Bailey was founder and artistic director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse:

Leland Mikesell  (her death) | See more »

Children:

None

Relatives:

Wesley (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

What they had me doing first was autographing copies of "Come and Get It" at the Bon Marche, where I had been fired a couple of years back. That was bad enough but think of me autographing a book written by somebody else. That took crust but it didn't turn out so badly because when I got to the store, about twenty people finally strolled in and look at me from a distance and kept their buying ... 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 »

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