An unfinished autobiography and a s biopic turned Frances Farmer, one of the great golden-era stars, into a lobotomized zombie. A goddess among other goddesses, a beautiful woman with a lower-register speaking voice close your eyes, hear the plangent tones of a French horn. No less a goddess, either, for the relative brevity of her Hollywood career. Worse, according to the biopic Frances , Frances obtained her release only because she was lobotomized. But can you imagine? More or less six years locked away in an insane asylum—how does this happen to a famous Hollywood actress, or to anyone at all?
After her parents separated, Frances and her siblings moved to Los Angeles to be near their aunt in By the Farmer children were back in Seattle with their father with their mother returning in That same year, Frances enrolled at the University of Washington where she took a series of odd-jobs to pay her tuition. In , Frances won the grand prize of a trip to Russia. Despite objections from her family, Frances took the trip after graduating from UoW with a bachelors in drama and journalism.
Frances Elena Farmer September 19, —August 1, was an American actress and television hostess. She appeared in over a dozen feature films over the course of her career, though she garnered notoriety for the various sensationalized accounts of her life, especially her involuntary commitment to psychiatric hospitals and subsequent mental health struggles. A native of Seattle , Washington, Farmer began acting in stage productions while a student at the University of Washington. After graduating, she began performing in stock theater before signing a film contract with Paramount Pictures on her twenty-second birthday in September She followed this with two Broadway productions directed by Elia Kazan in , but a battle with depression and binge drinking caused her to drop out of a subsequent Ernest Hemingway stage adaptation.
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