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Frances Farmer

1913 - 1970

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Frances Elena Farmer (September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970) was an American actress. She appeared in over a dozen feature films over the course of her career, though she garnered notoriety for 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frances Farmer has received more than 3,252,093 page views. Her biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Frances Farmer is the 383rd most popular actor (down from 324th in 2019), the 730th most popular biography from United States (down from 636th in 2019) and the 192nd most popular American Actor.

Frances Farmer was most famous for being a movie star in the 1930s and 1940s, but she was also a mental patient.

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  • 64.19

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  • 7.95

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  • 1.92

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Among actors, Frances Farmer ranks 383 out of 9,996Before her are Gian Maria Volonté, Diana Rigg, Françoise Dorléac, Curd Jürgens, Roy Scheider, and Desmond Llewelyn. After her are Chow Yun-fat, Gloria Swanson, Richard Griffiths, Bolo Yeung, Gene Wilder, and Vincent Cassel.

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Among people born in 1913, Frances Farmer ranks 31Before her are Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, Kenzō Tange, Roger Garaudy, Jimmy Hoffa, Werner Mölders, and Erich Priebke. After her are Silvio Piola, Witold Lutosławski, Leônidas, Carmen Amaya, Stanford Moore, and Artur Axmann. Among people deceased in 1970, Frances Farmer ranks 36Before her are Heinrich Brüning, Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, Artem Mikoyan, Andrey Yeryomenko, Bourvil, and Fritz Perls. After her are John Dos Passos, Nina Ricci, Francis Peyton Rous, Władysław Anders, Italo Gariboldi, and Lázaro Cárdenas.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Frances Farmer ranks 730 out of 18,182Before her are Dolly Parton (1946), Leon Cooper (1930), Roy Scheider (1932), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Robert H. Goddard (1882), and Robert Nozick (1938). After her are Patricia Highsmith (1921), Kamehameha I (1758), Vivian Maier (1926), Gloria Swanson (1899), George Eastman (1854), and Nellie Bly (1864).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Frances Farmer ranks 192Before her are Don Johnson (1949), Carole Lombard (1908), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), John Goodman (1952), and Roy Scheider (1932). After her are Gloria Swanson (1899), Gene Wilder (1933), Ryan O'Neal (1941), Tippi Hedren (1930), Edward Norton (1969), and Burgess Meredith (1907).

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