Will There Really Be a Morning? by Frances FarmerMental Health A Thon: Own Voices
Frances Farmer was a Hollywood actress in the 1940s. She was not a superstar but she was a well known actress. Ive never seen any of her movies but Im gonna make an effort to seek them out. Frances career and life came to a screeching halt with the onset of Mental Illness. In the book she never gives us a diagnosis ( she doesnt think shes ill) but from the descriptions of her behavior it seems like Bipolar. Frances Farmer spends 20 years in and out of mental institutions. Her descriptions of these institutions were horrific. I felt awful for her but I also cant help but question if all her experiences were true.
This book was published in 1972 after Frances Farmers death by her friend Jean Ratcliffe, to whom the book is also dedicated to. This memoir is at times over the top. The language is very sensationalized. Despite wanting to believe her story something just seemed off about the narrative.
Im happy I read this book, because it was very fascinating to read about how mental health was treated in the 1940s & 1950s. Luckily we have come a long way in how we deal with mental illness. If everything or even a small percentage of the things described in this book actually happened then what Frances Farmer had to endure was truly heartbreaking and terrifying.
Will There Really Be a Morning? an Autobiography
She appeared in over a dozen feature films over the course of her career, though she garnered notoriety for the various sensationalized accounts of her life, especially her involuntary commitment to psychiatric hospitals and subsequent mental health struggles. A native of Seattle , Washington, Farmer began acting in stage productions while a student at the University of Washington. After graduating, she began performing in stock theater before signing a film contract with Paramount Pictures on her twenty-second birthday in September She followed this with two Broadway productions directed by Elia Kazan in , but a battle with depression and binge drinking caused her to drop out of a subsequent Ernest Hemingway stage adaptation. Farmer returned to Los Angeles, earning supporting roles in the comedy World Premiere and the film noir Among the Living In , publicity of her reportedly erratic behavior began to surface, and after several arrests and committals to psychiatric institutions, Farmer was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. At the request of her family, particularly her mother, she was relocated to an institution in her home state of Washington, where she remained a patient until
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Frances Farmer died in , after having lived a tumultuous life which saw her make national headlines in both high school for her essay God Dies and college for her trip to Russia ; become acclaimed by Cecil B. The story might have ended there, but in Seattle film critic William Arnold published his account of Farmer's life, entitled Shadowland. Arnold claimed to have uncovered previously undisclosed information that Farmer had suffered a transorbital lobotomy at the hands of Dr. Walter Freeman, the man who, with James Watts, had introduced the prefrontal lobotomy to the United States, and who had later "refined" his technique to avoid drilling through the skull, instead resorting to inserting an icepick like device through the eye socket up into the brain to sever the frontal lobes. Arnold's disturbing account, the first time ever anyone had made the lobotomy assertion about Farmer, became the basis for the feature film Frances starring Jessica Lange. PDF - Frances Farmer: Shadowland Frances Farmer died in , after having lived a tumultuous life which saw her make national headlines in both high school for her essay God Dies and college for her trip to Russia ; become acclaimed by Cecil B.
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