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Frances Farmer

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Frances Farmer Born: 09/19/1913
Birth Place: Seattle, Washington, USA
Death Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Died: 08/01/1970

Born on Sept. 19, 1913 in Seattle, WA, Farmer was raised by her father, Ernest, a lawyer, and her mother, Cora, a homemaker. Farmer demonstrated her independence early in life and worked a series of odd jobs in order to pay for her schooling at the University of Washington. While there, she won an essay contest conducted by a leftist magazine that earned her a first prize trip to the Soviet Union, where she experienced the pioneering Moscow Art Theatre. Returning the United States in 1935, Farmer continued to study acting and performed in a number of plays at her university. She later moved to New York City in hopes of starting a theater career, but found herself instead recruited by a Param...

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