Character: Frances Farmer
Directed by: Graeme Clifford
Written by: Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Nicholas Kazan
Produced by: Jonathan Sanger
Cast Members: Kim Stanley, Sam Shepard, Bart Burns, Jonathan Banks, Jeffrey DeMunn
Released date: December 3, 1982
This biopic explores the true story of Frances Farmer, a mold-breaking actress from Seattle who moved to Hollywood, Calif., and gained notoriety for her unconventional attitude. After being lured to New York under false pretenses, dealing with her overbearing mother and an addiction to alcohol lead to a mental collapse. Institutionalized, Farmer is abused by patients and staff alike. Following her release, Farmer hosts a local Indianapolis TV show until her death in 1970.
• Beautiful. Talented. Intelligent. Courageous. She Was Frances Farmer. She Should’ve Been The Silver Screen’s Greatest Star.
• Her story is shocking, disturbing, compelling… and true.
• Jessica Lange’s performance in this film has been said to be actor Sir Anthony Hopkins’s favorite by an actress.
• Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard fell in love while working on the movie and subsequently had two children together, Hanna and Walker.