Felicia Farr

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

(1932-10-04) October 4, 1932 (age 86)
Other namesRandy Farr, Olive Farr
OccupationActress, model
Years active1954–1992
Spouse(s)
Lee Farr
(m. 1949; div. 1955)

Jack Lemmon
(m. 1962; died 2001)
Children2[1]

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

Early years[edit]

Farr was born in Westchester County, New York,[3] the daughter of Sylvia (Schwartz) and Max Dines. Her parents were of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent.[citation needed] She attended Erasmus Hall High School[4] and studied sociology at Penn State.[5]

Career[edit]

Farr began modelling 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]

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 included the Westerns 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 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.

Personal life[edit]

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 film star Jack Lemmon; they married in 1962, while Lemmon was filming the comedy Irma La Douce in Paris, and 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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Selected television appearances[edit]

References[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 2012-12-07.
  2. ^ Eyles, Allen (1975). The Western. A. S. Barnes. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-498-01323-2. Retrieved 24 August 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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read
  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 publication – free to read

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