Mimsy Farmer

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Mimsy Farmer
Mimsy Farmer 1975.jpg
Farmer in 1975
Merle Farmer

(1945-02-28) February 28, 1945 (age 73)
OccupationActress, sculptor
Years active1961–1991
Spouse(s)Vincenzo Cerami (1970–1986) (divorced) 1 child
Francis Poirier (1989–present)
ChildrenAisha Cerami (b. 1970)

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

Early years[edit]

She was born Merle Farmer in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was a newsman and a writer for radio.[2] She attended Hollywood High School. Her early experience as an entertainer came in her role of handling rabbits for a magician who performed at children's birthday parties.[3]


Farmer in Allonsanfàn (1974)

Farmer played in Spencer's Mountain (1963)[3] and More (1969). 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.[4] Most of her career has been spent in Europe, including a giallo movie with Dario Argento.[5][6]

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.[7]

She made two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1964, including the role of defendant Kathy Anders in "The Case of the Tragic Trophy", and as Sande Lukins in "The Case of the Careless Kidnapper". She 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 episode "The Calico Kid" and as Antonia in the episode "A Prince of a Ranger" on the NBC western Laredo.[8]

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
1961 Gidget Goes Hawaiian Girl in Lobby
1963 Spencer's Mountain Claris Coleman
1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town Paula
1967 Riot on Sunset Strip Andy
Devil's Angels Marianne
Hot Rods to Hell Gloria
1969 More Estelle
1970 Road to Salina Billie
Strogoff Nadia
1971 Four Flies on Grey Velvet Nina Tobias
1972 The Master and Margaret Margarita
1973 Two Men in Town Lucie
1974 Allonsanfàn Francesca
The Perfume of the Lady in Black Silvia
1975 Autopsy Simona Sana
The Track Helen Wells
1977 Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison Giulia
1978 Bye Bye Monkey Feminist Actress
Operation Leopard Annie Devrindt
1979 The Concorde Affair Jean Beneyton
1981 The Black Cat Jill Travers
1982 The Girl from Trieste Valeria
1983 The Death of Mario Ricci Cathy Burns
Quartetto Basileus Miss Permamint
The World of Don Camillo Jo Magro
1984 Code Name: Wild Geese Kathy Robson
1986 Body Count Julia Ritchie
Evil Senses Nicol
1988 Il segreto dell'uomo solitario


Year Title Role
1989 Ceux de la soif Comtesse Von Kleber
1991 Safari


Year Award Category Result Ref.
1963 Laurel Awards Golden Laurel Nominated
1971 David di Donatello Special David Won


  1. ^ Warner Bros. Publicity quoted in Reid, John CinemaScope One: Stupendous in 'Scope (p. 75), 2004.
  2. ^ Thomas, Bob (August 17, 1962). "Mimsy Farmer Starts Thomas To Wondering". Corsicana Daily Sun. Texas, Corsicana. Associated Press. p. 3. Retrieved January 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b "Mimsy Farmer Has First Role In A Picture". Kingsport News. Tennessee, Kingsport. United Press International. August 3, 1962. p. 6. Retrieved January 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Mimsy Farmer, Danger Girl" Archived 2010-04-21 at the Wayback Machine., lostinthegrooves.com; accessed June 13, 2017.
  5. ^ Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971), mondoholocausto.blogspot.com; accessed June 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Moon In The Gutter: A Tribute To Mimsy Farmer in Argento's Four Flies on Grey Velvet (July 2008), mooninthegutter.blogspot.com; accessed June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ ""Boys and Girls", The Donna Reed Show". Internet Movie Data Base. April 11, 1963. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Mimsy Farmer". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 15, 2013.

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