Mimsy Farmer

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Mimsy Farmer
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Farmer in Allonsanfàn (1974)
Born Merle Farmer
(1945-02-28) February 28, 1945 (age 70)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Residence France
Occupation Actress, sculptor
Years active 1961-1991
Spouse(s) Vincenzo Cerami (1970-1986) (divorced) 1 child
Francis Poirier (1989-present)
Children Aisha Cerami (b. 1970)

Mimsy Farmer (born Merle Farmer; February 28, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress. Her nickname came from a line in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky; "All mimsy were the borogoves".[1]


Farmer played in Spencer's Mountain (1963) and More (1969), the first feature film with a Pink Floyd soundtrack.

After a brief film career in the United States, mostly portraying "party-girl" types in films such as Hot Rods to Hell (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967), and The Wild Racers (1968), Farmer moved to Italy.[2] Most of her career has been spent in Europe, including a giallo movie with Dario Argento.[3][4]

In 1962 and 1963, respectively, Farmer guest starred as Laurie in "The Swingin' Set" and as Joanne Wells in "Boys and Girls" on the American Broadcasting Company sitcom The Donna Reed Show.[5] She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1964, including the role of defendant Kathy Anders in "The Case of the Tragic Trophy." She also appeared on My Three Sons, Honey West, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Outer Limits (March 2, 1964 episode "Second Chance") and The F.B.I.. In 1966, she appeared as Lorrie Thatcher in "The Calico Kid" and as Antonia in "A Prince of a Ranger" on the NBC western Laredo.[6]

Since 1992 she has worked as a sculptor for theatre and opera in France and Italy, and for films (Art Department) such as Oceans, Troy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Marie Antoinette, Five Children and It, and The Golden Compass.

She also creates personal sculptures and paintings.

Personal life[edit]

She is divorced from screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami, and has a daughter by him, Italian television actress Aisha Cerami. Currently, Farmer resides in France with her husband, sculptor Francis Poirier.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1963 Spencer's Mountain Claris Coleman Delmer Daves
1967 Riot on Sunset Strip Andy Arthur Dreifuss
Devil's Angels Marianne Daniel Haller
1969 More Estelle Barbet Schroeder
1970 Road to Salina Billie Georges Lautner
Strogoff Nadia Eriprando Visconti
1971 Four Flies on Grey Velvet Nina Tobias Dario Argento
1972 The Master and Margaret Margarita Aleksandar Petrović
1973 Deux hommes dans la ville Lucie José Giovanni
1974 Allonsanfàn Francesca Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
Autopsy Simona Sana Armando Crispino
1978 Bye Bye Monkey cameo appearance Marco Ferreri
Operation Leopard Annie Debrinn Raoul Coutard
1979 Concorde Affaire '79 Jean Beneyton Ruggero Deodato
1981 The Black Cat Jill Travers Lucio Fulci
1982 The Girl from Trieste Valeria Pasquale Festa Campanile
1983 The Death of Mario Ricci Cathy Burns Claude Goretta
The World of Don Camillo Jo Magro Terence Hill
1984 Code Name: Wild Geese Kathy Robson Antonio Margheriti
1987 Camping del Terrore Julia Ritchie Ruggero Deodato

1980 "Il treno per Istambul" Az Isztambuli vonat (TV series)



  1. ^ p.75 Warner Bros. Publicity quoted in Reid, John CinemaScope One: Stupendous in 'Scope Lulu.com 2004
  2. ^ Mimsy Farmer, Danger Girl | Lost In The Grooves
  3. ^ Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) - Director - Dario Argento
  4. ^ Moon In The Gutter: A Tribute To Mimsy Farmer in Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  5. ^ ""Boys and Girls", The Donna Reed Show, April 11, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mimsy Farmer". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120972/

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