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October 4, 1932
|Other names||Randy Farr, Olive Farr|
(m. 1949; div. 1955)
(m. 1962; died 2001)
Farr was born in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of Sylvia (Schwartz) and Max Dines. Her parents were of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent. She attended Erasmus Hall High School and studied sociology at Penn State.
Farr began modeling lingerie at age 15. In 1955, she told a wire-service reporter, "I was under age and over-developed ... The agency claimed I was 19 because a state law required underage lingerie models to be chaperoned.
She appeared in several modeling photo shoots and advertisements during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1955, she signed a seven-year contract with Columbia Pictures. Her earliest screen appearances date from the mid-1950s and included the Westerns Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957), both starring Glenn Ford and The Last Wagon (1956) starring Richard Widmark.
Farr's later films include the bawdy Billy Wilder farce Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) with Dean Martin and Ray Walston as her husband, a role originally intended for Lemmon; Walter Matthau's daughter-in-law in Kotch (1971, Lemmon's only film as director); the Don Siegel bank-heist caper Charley Varrick (1973) with Matthau; plus more than 30 television series appearances on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bonanza, Ben Casey, Burke's Law, and many others.
On September 2, 1949, Dines married actor Lee Farr, a marriage which produced a daughter, Denise Farr, who later became the wife of actor Don Gordon. Farr's second husband was actor Jack Lemmon; they married in 1962, while Lemmon was filming the comedy Irma La Douce in Paris. They remained married until his death in 2001.
- Time Table (1955)
- Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
- Jubal (1956)
- The Last Wagon (1956)
- Reprisal! (1956)
- The First Texan (1956)
- 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
- Onionhead (1958)
- Hell Bent for Leather (1960)
- Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
- The Venetian Affair (1967)
- Kotch (1971)
- Charley Varrick (1973)
- That's Life! (1986)
- The Player (1992)
Selected television appearancesEdit
- Wayfarers (1960)
- Naked City (1960)
- Wagon Train (1961)
- Target: The Corruptors! (1961)
- Ben Casey (1962)
- The Defenders (1962)
- Bonanza (1963)
- The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1964)
- Burke's Law (1964)
- Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1965)
- Run for Your Life (1967)
- It Takes a Thief (1970)
- Awake and Sing! (1972)
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- "Felicia Farr, a New Star". The Jackson Hole Guide. Wyoming, Jackson. August 18, 1955. p. 11. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Blonde Model on Her Way to Stardom". The Star Press. Indiana, Muncie. United Press. September 4, 1955. p. 19. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Cohen, Harold V. (September 19, 1957). "The Drama Desk". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 14. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Scott, Vernon (September 3, 1955). "New Actress Snaps At Girdle Wearing". Arizona Republic. Arizona, Phoenix. United Press. p. 13.
- "Starlet". Star Tribune. Minnesota, Minneapolis. United Press. September 4, 1955. p. 7. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "2 New Beauties In 'Jubal Troop'". Ford Lauderdale News. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. September 4, 1955. p. 33. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Cohn, Herb (September 3, 1949). "Cupid Tangles Wedding Knot Four Times Before It's Tied". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 1. Retrieved July 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.