Farmer in 1975
February 28, 1945
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 1970; div. 1986)
She was born Merle Farmer in Chicago Illinois. Her father was a newsman and a writer for radio. 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.
Farmer played in Spencer's Mountain (1963) 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. Most of her career has been spent in Europe, including a giallo movie with Dario Argento.
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 Laredo.
Since 1992, she has worked as a sculptor for theatre and opera in France and Italy, and for films 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.
|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|
|Hot Rods to Hell||Gloria|
|1970||Road to Salina||Billie|
|1971||Four Flies on Grey Velvet||Nina Tobias|
|1972||The Master and Margaret||Margarita|
|1973||Two Men in Town||Lucie|
|The Perfume of the Lady in Black||Silvia|
|The Track||Helen Wells|
|1977||Antonio Gramsci: The Days of Prison||Giulia|
|1978||L'amant de poche (The pocket lover)||Helen Miller|
|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|
|1988||Il segreto dell'uomo solitario|
|1989||Ceux de la soif||Comtesse Von Kleber|
|1963||Laurel Awards||Golden Laurel||Nominated|
|1971||David di Donatello||Special David||Won|