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Farmer, Mimsy

Post by Emiliano » 27/05/2019, 16:12

Mimsy Farmer on the set of 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)
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Mimsy Farmer was born February 28, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois (USA). Her parents, Suzette and Arch Farmer, are journalists at the Chicago Tribune. At the age of four she moved to Hollywood, where her father got a job at a television advertising agency. After leaving the new job, the couple founded a company for the sale of candles, paper flowers and costume jewelery, made by them, the "Suzette's candles".

At 16 years old, while attending Hollywood High, Mimsy is noticed by a movie agent who launches her in some films for the small screen. In 1963 she took part in her first feature film: Spencer's Mountain, with Henry Fonda, directed by Delmer Daves, a director who urges her to lose weight, considering her a bit too fleshy for the part.

Than, she starts taking acting lessons and gets other small roles in TV movies, frequently interpreting the prototype of the "bad girl". In the meantime, she begins to harbor a sort of deep dissatisfaction with herself for the kind of cinema that is offered to her, and which she considers intimately insignificant.

At the age of 19, she marries the stunt-man Wes Harvey, but after just two years she decides to separate, to put aside the film career and goes to Vancouver (Canada) to be involved as a staff member in an LSD experimentation produced by Al Hubbard, an eccentric and enigmatic American millionaire, at the Hollywood Hospital, a private facility in New Westminster that treated alcoholism and psychological disorders. Here the LSD was given in an environment controlled and supervised by trained hospital staff who had themselves tried the drug: while tripping on acid, patients listened to classical music in a room adorned with a reproduction of Dali’s Crucifixion.

After this extreme experience, she returns to homeland and resumes her cinematographic career with the film The Wild Racers (1968) by Daniel Haller, on whose set she meets the French producer Pierre Cottrell who takes her to Europe and presents her to the director Barbet Schroeder. This is how she becomes the protagonist of the scandal film More (1969). The movie, for which the actress also takes care of the dialogues and deals with very daring themes for the time, such as drugs and sex, gives her an immediate and resounding success.

During a vacation in Italy, she meets her future husband, the writer and screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami, with whom she will stage for years a series of shows and operas in various Italian theaters, and from whose union in 1970 her daughter Aisha was born. In the same year she participates in the Jules Verne adaptation Strogoff, and the neo-noir thriller La route de Salina by Georges Lautner. Both films prove to be good successes.

Particularly apt is the subsequent engage for the film 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971) by Dario Argento, where she succeeds in giving her character of Nina a great veracity, not only thanks to the developed acting skills, but also thanks to the experiences gained in psychiatric field.

As a result of these successes, she received numerous writings: she took part in arthouse films such as Il maestro e Margherita (1972) by the Yugoslavian Aleksandar Petrović and Allonsanfàn (1974) by the Taviani brothers, with whom she meant immediately, also being herself, like them, politically committed and registered with the Communist Party.

Later, she works mainly in many genre films, where she often plays borderline characters. Among these are: Il profumo della signora in nero (1974) by Francesco Barilli, Macchie solari (1975) by Armando Crispino, La traque (1975) by Serge Leroy.

Among her last starring roles, must be mentioned Lucio Fulci's horror film Il gatto nero (1981), Arcobaleno selvaggio (1984) by Antonio Margheriti, and the horror film Camping del terrore (1986) by Ruggero Deodato.

After divorcing Cerami in 1986, she settles in France with her daughter Aisha (also an actress) and marries her third husband Francis Poirer in 1989. She continues to act, mainly for television, making her final acting appearance in the TV movie Safari (1991) by Roger Vadim.

In the last decade she has started a sculpting activity for cinema and commercials. Among the films she have worked on: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Filmography
1961
  1. Gidget Goes Hawaiian .... Girl exiting elevator (uncredited)

    1962
  2. My Three Sons (TV series) - season 3, episode 10: "Steve Gets an A" .... Janee Holmes (credited)

    1963
  3. Spencer's Mountain .... Claris Coleman (credited)
  4. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV series) - season 12, episode 4: "Rick's Wedding Ring" .... Virginia (credited)

    1964
  5. Kraft Suspense Theater (TV series) - season 2, episode 3: "A Lion Amongst Men" .... Joan (credited)
  6. Lassie (TV series) - season 11, episode 16: "Lassie Works a Miracle" .... Jetta (credited)
  7. Perry Mason (TV series) - season 7, episode 27: "The Case of the Careless Kidnapper" .... Sande Lukins (credited)
  8. Perry Mason (TV series) - season 8, episode 9: "The Case of the Tragic Trophy" .... Kathy Anders (credited)
  9. The Outer Limits (TV series) - season 1, episode 23: "Second Chance" .... Denise Ward (credited)

    1965
  10. Bus Riley's Back in Town .... Paula Riley (credited)

    1966
  11. Honey West (TV series) - episode 21: "Like Visions and Omens and All That Jazz" .... Tina Tilson (credited)
  12. Laredo (TV series) - season 1, episode 16: "The Calico Kid" .... Lorrie Thatcher (credited)
  13. Laredo (TV series) - season 2, episode 12: "A Prince of a Ranger" .... Antonia (credited)
  14. The FBI (TV series) - season 1, episode 29: "The Animal" .... Jody Conners (credited)
  15. The FBI (TV series) - season 2, episode 1: "The Price of Death" .... Sue Wallace (credited)

    1967
  16. Devil's Angels .... Marianne (credited)
  17. Hot Rods to Hell .... Gloria (credited)
  18. Riot on Sunset Strip .... Andrea Dollier (credited)

    1968
  19. The Wild Racers .... Katherine Pearson (credited)

    1969
  20. More .... Estelle (credited)

    1970
  21. La route de Salina (Quando il sole scotta) .... Billie (credited)
  22. Strogoff .... Nadja (credited)

    1971
  23. 4 mosche di velluto grigio .... Nina Tobias (credited)

    1972
  24. Corpo d'amore .... The girl (credited)
  25. Il maestro e Margherita .... Margherita Nikolajevna (credited)

    1973
  26. Deux hommes dans la ville (Due contro la città) .... Lucie (credited)
  27. La faccia violenta di New York .... Milena (trailer credit - role unconfirmed)
  28. Les mille et une mains .... Nadine (credited)
  29. Morire a Roma .... Anna (credited)

    1974
  30. Allonsanfàn .... Francesca (credited)
  31. Il profumo della signora in nero .... Silvia Hacherman (credited)
  32. Les suspects (La polizia indaga: siamo tutti sospettati) .... Candice Strasberg (credited)

    1975
  33. La traque (Il sapore della paura) .... Helen Wells (credited)
  34. Macchie solari .... Simona Sanna (credited)

    1977
  35. Antonio Gramsci - I giorni del carcere .... Giulia Schucht (credited)

    1978
  36. Ciao maschio .... Feminist actress (credited)
  37. L'amant de poche .... Helena (credited)

    1979
  38. Concorde affaire '79 .... Jean Beneyton (credited)
  39. Martin Eden (TV mini-series) - episodes 1-5 .... Lizzie Connolly (credited)

    1980
  40. Il treno per Istanbul (TV mini-series) - episodes 1-4 .... Coral (credited)
  41. La légion saute sur Kolwezi .... Annie Debruyn (credited)
  42. Même les mômes ont du vague à l'âme .... Charlotte (poster credit - role unconfirmed)

    1981
  43. Black cat (Gatto nero) .... Jill Travers (credited)

    1982
  44. Il quartetto Basileus .... Miss Permamint (credited - role unconfirmed)
  45. La déchirure (TV movie) .... Elia (credited)
  46. La ragazza di Trieste .... Valeria (credited)

    1983
  47. Arabesque (TV mini-series) - episodes 1-3 .... Clara Wieck Schumann (credited)
  48. La mort de Mario Ricci .... Cathy Burns (credited)
  49. Nel foro di parabrezza (TV mini-series) - episodes 1-3 .... Daniza (credited)

    1984
  50. Arcobaleno selvaggio .... Kathy Robbs (credited)
  51. Don Camillo .... Jo Magro (credited)
  52. La bella Otero (TV mini-series) - episodes 2-4 .... Countess Valentina de Bruges (credited)
  53. Mio figlio non sa leggere (TV mini-series) - episodes 1-2 .... Carole (credited)

    1985
  54. Fratelli (TV movie) .... Anna (credited - role unconfirmed)

    1986
  55. Atelier (TV series) - episodes 1, 5 & 8 .... Dr. Serena Corte (credited)
  56. Camping del terrore .... Julia Richie (credited)
  57. La ragazza dei lillà .... Leonora (credited)
  58. Quando arriva il giudice (TV series) - episodes 1-5 .... Clara (credited)
  59. Sensi .... Micol (credited)

    1988
  60. Sei delitti per Padre Brown (TV series) - episode 3: "La sposa bugiarda" .... role? (credited)
  61. La louve (TV movie) .... Liliane (credited)

    1990
  62. Il segreto dell'uomo solitario .... Sara (poster credit - role confirmed)

    1991
  63. Safari (TV movie) .... Ingrid (credited - role unconfirmed)

Filmography to check
  • The Donna Reed Show (1962) (TV series) Season 4, episodes: "The Swingin' Set" and "The Father Image". IMDb as Laurie Lessing.
  • The Donna Reed Show (1963) (TV series) Season 5, episode 30: "Boys and Girls". IMDb as Joanne Wells.
  • Hank (1965) (TV series) Episode 13: "My Fair Co-Ed". IMDb as Barbara.
  • Mister Roberts (1966) (TV series) Episode 30: "Damn the Torpedoes". IMDb as Peachy Keane.
  • Les pieds poussent en novembre (1978) (TV Movie) IMDb as Betsy.
  • Orient-Express (1980) (TV mini-series) Episode 1: "Maria". IMDb as Woman. I've found no evidence on Radiocorriere TV etc to support that Mimsy really appears in this. Most likely someone has managed to confuse this series with the same year's Il treno per Istanbul, but needs to be confirmed.
  • Her Fragrant Emulsion (1987) IMDb as Billie. This is apparently a 10-minute short that re-uses footage of Mimsy from La route de Salina, so not a real appearance.
  • Poisons (1987) IMDb as Anne.
  • Ceux de la soif (1989) (TV Movie). IMDb as Comtesse Von Kleber.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 18:28

Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) as Girl exiting elevator.

This sequel to the original Gidget (1959) marks Mimsy's first on-screen appearance. She was actually one of the final contenders to replace Sandra Dee, who has played Gidget in the first film, but the role ultimately went to Deborah Walley instead. As a consolation, Mimsy was cast as an extra, and can be seen for about two seconds when exiting a hotel elevator.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 18:32

My Three Sons (TV series) - season 3, episode 10: "Steve Gets an A" (1962) credited, as Janee Holmes.

Mimsy made her television debut in this long-running sitcom about a widowed father and his three sons. She has a small guest starring role as a girl dating the middle son, Robbie (played by Don Grady).
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 18:43

Spencer's Mountain (1963) credited, as Claris Coleman.

Mimsy made her official film debut with this popular family drama, receiving a prominent "introducing" credit. She appears in a juicy role as the sultry and seductive girlfriend of James McArthur, and their romantic scenes were heavily featured in the film's promotional material. When interviewed in Video Watchdog #161, Mimsy said she was 16 years old when she made this film, which means it must have been shot in 1961, before her guest appearance on My Three Sons.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 18:48

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV series) - season 12, episode 4: "Rick's Wedding Ring" (1963) credited, as Virginia.

This long-running sitcom features another early guest starring role by Mimsy. She plays a new student in town who asks series star Ricky Nelson on a date when he forgets to wear his wedding ring, leading to various complications.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 18:52

Kraft Suspense Theater (TV series) - season 2, episode 3: "A Lion Amongst Men" (1964) credited, as Joan.

This is definitely the least interesting of Mimsy's early television roles, wasting her in a completely throwaway role as one in large group of friends.
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The Outer Limits (TV series) - season 1, episode 23: "Second Chance" (1964) credited, as Denise Ward.

Of all of Mimsy's American television roles, the most famous on is by far her appearance in this legendary sci-fi anthology series, where she appears as one of several people who are lured aboard a spacecraft by a sinister alien.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 19:08

Perry Mason (TV series) - season 7, episode 27: "The Case of the Careless Kidnapper" (1964) credited, as Sande Lukins.

This was another famous and long-running TV series Mimsy guest starred in. She's very elegant here, playing a more adult role than her earlier parts.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 19:12

Perry Mason (TV series) - season 8, episode 9: "The Case of the Tragic Trophy" (1964) credited, as Kathy Anders.

Mimsy must have impressed during her guest stint on Perry Mason, because she was quickly brought back for another episode. This time she's the protagonist of the episode - a girl wrongly accused of murder and who Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) must exhonerate in court.
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Post by Johan Melle » 08/07/2021, 19:17

Lassie (TV series) - season 11, episode 16: "Lassie Works a Miracle" (1964) credited, as Jetta.

Yet another famous show that Mimsy guest starred on. Her role is fairly small and forgettable, though; appearing as a horse-loving girl that Lassie rescues from a wild stallion.
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