Interview with Frances Farmer at the Sheraton Palace (1958)

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KPIX-TV news footage from April 1st 1958 featuring an interview with actress and television host Frances Farmer (1913-1970) and her third husband Leland C. Mikesell at the Sheraton Palace hotel in San Francisco, with reporter Fort Pearson. Farmer explains that she's been living in Eureka CA for the past 3 years and moved to San Francisco with the encouragement of Mikesell, with a view to restarting her acting career. Farmer talks about plans for the future, reflecting that: "I've learned the virtue of patience" in her life and career and acknowledges that she suffered from a form of nervous breakdown, which she dates to 1942 and the time she ceased to act in Hollywood movies. Pearson appears to find this an awkward subject to broach and after alluding to it, he finally comes out with: "When you, well ... had a nervous breakdown and had to retire from the screen at the time." Farmer also clarifies that she has been working in reservations at the Sheraton Palace hotel and not as a bookeeper. Ends with silent, close up views of Frances Farmer's face.

Note that Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered a 16mm positive print of this film in September 2019 in 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

16mm b&w positive magnetic sound/silent film
Digital Format
mp4 file
local newsfilm
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KPIX 3113-2K

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