Jessica Lange delivers the performance of her career as Frances Farmer, the notorious 1930s movie star whose impassioned opinions and outspoken behavior created scandal throughout the industry. But when she was betrayed by the studio system and committed to a mental asylum by her domineering mother, Frances descended into a madness that shocked the world.
Won: Best Actress (Lange), 1983 Moscow International Film Festival
Nominated: Best Actress (Lange), Best Supporting Actress (Stanley), 1983 Academy Awards
Here is a performance so unfaltering, so tough, so intelligent and so humane that it seems as if Miss Lange is just now, at long last, making her motion picture debut. -- Vincent Canby, THE NEW YORK TIMES