Mimsy Farmer

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Mimsy Farmer
Mimsy Farmer 1975b.jpg
Farmer in 1975
Born Merle Farmer
(1945-02-28) February 28, 1945 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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) is an American actress. Her nickname came from a line in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky; "All mimsy were the borogoves".[1]


Farmer in Allonsanfàn (1974)

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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian Girl in Lobby Paul Wendkos
1963 Spencer's Mountain Claris Coleman Delmer Daves
1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town Paula Harvey Hart
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 Two Men in Town Lucie José Giovanni
1974 Allonsanfàn Francesca Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
The Perfume of the Lady in Black Silvia Francesco Barilli
1975 Autopsy Simona Sana Armando Crispino
La Traque (fr) Helen Wells Serge Leroy
1977 Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison Giulia Lino Del Fra
1978 Bye Bye Monkey Feminist Actress Marco Ferreri
Operation Leopard Annie Devrindt Raoul Coutard
1979 The Concorde Affair 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
Quartetto Basileus Miss Permamint Fabio Carpi
The World of Don Camillo Jo Magro Terence Hill
1984 Code Name: Wild Geese Kathy Robson Antonio Margheriti
1986 Body Count Julia Ritchie Ruggero Deodato
Evil Senses Nicol Gabriele Lavia


  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. 

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