Frances Farmer: The Life and Films of a Troubled Star

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McFarland, Nov 5, 2010 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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Previous biographies of American actress Frances Farmer (1913-1970) have downplayed her professional achievements to emphasize her turbulent personal life, including several police arrests and repeated confinements in a state mental hospital. By focusing upon her acting career, this book endeavors to restore her position as a significant Hollywood player of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. An analysis of her film, radio and television work is offered, as well as assessments of the three Frances Farmer biopics and the documentaries in which she is featured. Each of her 16 films receives a chapter-length discussion. A very lengthy biographical chapter is included.
 

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User Review  - loraineo - LibraryThing

I found this book to be a good balance of Ms. Farmer's personal life/troubles and her professional life. All sides of the various controversies in her personal life were discussed with the reader ... Read full review

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User Review  - chuck_ralston - LibraryThing

_Francis Farmer, The Life and Films of a Troubled Star_ by Peter Shelley (McFarland & Company, Publishers, c. 1911) is a compendium of information about one of Hollywood's acclaimed actresses whose ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction and Biography
5
The Films
69
Television
191
Biopics and Documentaries
207
Bibliography
247
Index
251
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Playwright Peter Shelley is the author of several books on film history. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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