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Felicia Farr

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Felicia Farr
Farr in the Playhouse 90 presentation of "Natchez", 1958
Olive Dines

(1932-10-04) October 4, 1932 (age 91)
Other namesRandy Farr, Olive Farr
Occupation(s)Actress, model
Years active1947–2014
(m. 1949; div. 1955)
(m. 1962; died 2001)

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

Early years[edit]

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


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. They 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 film appearances 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); and the Don Siegel bank-heist caper Charley Varrick (1973) with Matthau.

She had more than 30 TV appearances on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Ben Casey, Burke's Law, Harry O, and many others.

Personal life[edit]

On September 2, 1949, she 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.


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 appearances[edit]


  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. Open access icon
  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. Open access icon
  5. ^ Cohen, Harold V. (September 19, 1957). "The Drama Desk". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. p. 14. Retrieved July 4, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  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. Open access icon
  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. Open access icon
  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. Open access icon

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