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Felicia Farr
Felicia Farr
Felicia Farr in 1960's publicity photo. She guest stars on "Bonanza" as Marie Cartwright, Ben's third wife, and Little Joe's mother, in the Season 4 episode "Marie, My Love" (ep. #20).
Biographical information
Full Name: Felicia Farr-Lemmon
Birthname Olive Dines
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1954-1992
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: American/Caucasian
Born: (1932-10-04) October 4, 1932 (age 91)[1]
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Died: N/A - Living
Place of Death: See above
Family/Relatives: Denise Farr-Gordon (born 1950, with Farr)
Courtney (b.1966, with Lemmon)
stepson Chris Lemmon (b.1954, actor)
Spouse(s): Jack Lemmon, 1962-2001 (his death, 2 children)
Lee Farr, 1949-1955 (divorced, 1 child)
Series: Bonanza (TV Series)
No. of appearances: 1 guest appearance
First Appeared in: "Marie, My Love" (Season 4)
Last Episode Appearance: N/A, One time appearance
Character played: Marie Cartwright

Former actress/model Felicia Farr[2] (born October 4, 1932) guest starred as Marie Cartwright, the third wife of Ben Cartwright and mother of Little Joe, in the Season 4 episode "Marie, My Love" (episode #20).

Life and career[]

Farr was born Olive Dines in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of Sylvia (Schwartz) and Max Dines. Her parents were of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent.

Felicia appeared in several modeling photo shoots and advertisements during the 1950s and 1960s. Her earliest screen appearances date from the mid-1950s and included the Westerns Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957), both starring Glenn Ford and The Last Wagon (1956) starring Richard Widmark.

Actor Lee Farr (who also made two guest appearances on Bonanza, first as Johnny Sims in "The Deadly Ones", then as Sam Torrance in "The Running Man") was her first husband, a marriage which produced a daughter, Denise Farr, who later became the wife of actor Don Gordon. Farr's second husband was film star Jack Lemmon; they married in 1962, while Lemmon was filming the comedy Irma La Douce in Paris, and remained married until his death in 2001. [1]

Farr's later films include the bawdy Billy Wilder farce Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) with Dean Martin and Ray Walston as her husband, a role originally intended for Lemmon; Walter Matthau's daughter-in-law in Kotch (1971, Lemmon's only film as director); the Don Siegel bank-heist caper Charley Varrick (1973) with Matthau; plus more than 30 television series appearances on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bonanza, Ben Casey, Burke's Law, and many others.

During her marriage to Jack Lemmon, Farr gave birth to a daughter, Courtney, in 1966.[1] She is also the stepmother of Lemmon's son, actor and author Chris Lemmon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Felicia Farr - The Private Life and Times of Felicia Farr. Felicia Farr Pictures. Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved on 2012-12-07.
  2. Eyles, Allen (1975). The Western. A. S. Barnes. Retrieved on 24 August 2011. ISBN 978-0-498-01323-2.

External links[]

IMDb Felicia Farr at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)