Frances Farmer: Birthday

American actress and television host
Born: September 19, 1913
Died: August 1, 1970

Frances Farmer (1913-1970) was an American actress known for her talent and tumultuous life. Born in Seattle, Washington, she exhibited an early interest in acting and quickly rose to prominence in the 1930s. Farmer’s stunning beauty and acting prowess earned her critical acclaim, leading to a Hollywood contract with Paramount Pictures.

However, Farmer’s career was marred by personal struggles. She was known for her strong-willed and independent nature, often clashing with studio executives. Her refusal to conform to Hollywood norms and her outspoken political beliefs led to her being labeled as difficult and resulted in several arrests and institutionalizations.

In 1942, Farmer’s life took a dark turn when she was committed to a psychiatric hospital, where she underwent electroconvulsive therapy and other controversial treatments. Her experiences in the mental health system were chronicled in her autobiography, “Will There Really Be a Morning?” which shed light on the harsh conditions of mental institutions at the time.

Frances Farmer’s life became the subject of various books, films, and plays, including the 1982 biographical film “Frances,” starring Jessica Lange. Despite her troubled life and career, Frances Farmer remains a symbol of resilience and an advocate for mental health reform.

Frances Farmer’s 5 most popular quotes

  • There comes a point when a dream becomes reality and reality becomes a dream.
  • I used to lie between cool, clean sheets at night after I’d had a bath, after I had washed my hair and scrubbed my knuckles and finger-nails and teeth. Then I could lie quite still in the dark with my face to the window with the trees in it, and talk to God.
  • The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High, I tried to live up to it.
  • I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
  • I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn’t believe them.
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