Patricia Farr ~ The Tragic Starlet

Patricia Farr

 Patricia Farr was a beautiful 1930s starlet who died young from cancer

She was born Arleine Rutledge Farr on January 15, 1913 in San Francisco, California. During her childhood her family lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Salt Lake City, Utah. Sadly her father, Lawrence Farr, died in 1925. After her mother remarried they moved to Los Angeles, California. Patricia got a job working as an usherette at a theater. A talent scout from Paramount saw her and offered her a contract. She made her film debut in the 1931 drama The Secret Call. Busby Berkely chose her to be a chorus girl in his 1932 musical Footlight Parade. The beautiful brunette appeared in numerous films including My Weakness, Stand Up And Cheer, and Orchids To You.

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  In 1934 she costarred with Maurice Murphy in the serial Tailspin Tommy. Then she landed a leading role in the 1936 comedy Lady Luck. Patricia was nicknamed "The Kansas City Girl". On May 23, 1936 she married Robert Mayo, a casting director. The couple bought a home on Clark Avenue in Burbank. By the early 1940s her career had stalled and she was only being cast in bit parts. Her final film was the 1945 drama Incendiary Blonde. Tragically in 1946 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died from the disease on February 23, 1948 at the young age thirty-five. Patricia was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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