Felicia Farr

Felicia Farr (born Olive Dines; October 4, 1932) is a former American actress[2] and model.

Felicia Farr
Cliff Robertson Felicia Farr 1958 (cropped).jpg
Farr in the Playhouse 90 presentation of "Natchez", 1958
Born
Olive Dines

(1932-10-04) October 4, 1932 (age 88)
Other namesRandy Farr, Olive Farr
OccupationActress, model
Years active1954–1992
Spouse(s)
(m. 1949; div. 1955)

(m. 1962; died 2001)
Children2[1]

Early yearsEdit

Farr was born in Westchester County, New York.[3] She attended Erasmus Hall High School[4] and studied sociology at Penn State.[5]

CareerEdit

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".[6]

 
Cliff Robertson and Farr in the Playhouse 90 presentation of "Natchez", 1958

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.[7] Her earliest screen appearances date from the mid-1950s and include three westerns directed by Delmer Daves: Jubal (1956)[8] 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 Jack 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; and more than 30 TV appearances on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bonanza, Ben Casey, Burke's Law, and many others.

Personal lifeEdit

On September 2, 1949, Dines married actor Lee Farr,[9] 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.[1]

During her marriage to Jack Lemmon, Farr gave birth to a daughter, Courtney, in 1966.[1] She is also the stepmother of Lemmon's son, actor and author Chris Lemmon, from his first marriage.

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role
1955 Big House, U.S.A. Emily Evans
1956 Jubal Naomi Hoktor
Time Table Linda Brucker
The Last Wagon Jenny
Reprisal! Catherine Cantrell
The First Texan Katherine Delaney
1957 3:10 to Yuma Emmy
1958 Onionhead Stella Papparonis
1960 Hell Bent for Leather Janet Gifford
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid Zelda
1967 The Venetian Affair Claire Connor
1971 Kotch Wilma Kotcher
1973 Charley Varrick Sybil Fort
1986 That's Life! Madame Carrie
1992 The Player Herself
2014 Loser's Crown Mrs. Phelps

Selected television appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Felicia Farr – The Private Life and Times of Felicia Farr. Felicia Farr Pictures". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Eyles, Allen (1975). The Western. A. S. Barnes. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-498-01323-2. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Felicia Farr, a New Star". The Jackson Hole Guide. Wyoming, Jackson. August 18, 1955. p. 11. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ "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.  
  5. ^ Cohen, Harold V. (September 19, 1957). "The Drama Desk". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 14. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ Scott, Vernon (September 3, 1955). "New Actress Snaps At Girdle Wearing". Arizona Republic. Arizona, Phoenix. United Press. p. 13.
  7. ^ "Starlet". Star Tribune. Minnesota, Minneapolis. United Press. September 4, 1955. p. 7. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ "2 New Beauties in 'Jubal Troop'". Ford Lauderdale News. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. September 4, 1955. p. 33. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
  9. ^ 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.  

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