Frances Farmer Overview:

Legendary actress, Frances Farmer, was born Frances Elena Farmer on Sep 19, 1913 in Seattle, WA. Farmer died at the age of 56 on Aug 1, 1970 in Indianapolis, IN and was laid to rest in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Indianapolis, Hamilton County, IN.


Determined-looking American actress, a harsher version of Joan Fontaine. She became unpopular in the Hollywood of the thirties, where alcoholism and mental illness put a stop to her career. After seven years in an asylum (1943-1950), she eventually made a comeback in the mid-fifties, and became quite well known as a TV hostess. Died from cancer of the throat. Married (first of three) to Leif Erickson (William Anderson 1911-1986) from 1936 to 1942. Her harrowing life was filmed several times in the early 1980s.

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Farmer was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Frances Farmer Quotes:

Josie Mansfield: Besides, if you want something real bad, you gotta take some hard knocks to get it.
James 'Jim' Fisk Jr.: Say, you've learned a lot for a young lady. What are you after... reaching for the moon?
Josie Mansfield: No, just one little star on a dressing room door.

Mrs. Nickerson: Why don't you go over to Josh's house and drive his mother crazy?

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Frances Farmer My Hero - The Unauthorized Biography is a rock opera based on the life of the tragic screen star.

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 Frances Farmer after he saw the biographical film Frances (1982). The song appears on the album Silvertown on Silvertone Records - now deleted.

Was portrayed by Susan Blakely in Will There Really Be a Morning? (1983) (TV).

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