Mimsy Farmer (born February 28, 1945) is an American actress, artist and sculptor. Her nickname came from a line in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky: "All mimsy were the borogoves".
Mimsy Farmer first began acting at age 16, when a press agent noticed her and offered her work in the film, Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961), an unbilled bit with one line as a girl in the lobby. Her first billed film was a featured part in Spencer's Mountain (1963), starring Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara and James MacArthur. After her first acting role, Mimsy took acting lessons after graduation and landed a few more roles, playing featured characters in the films, Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), Hot Rods to Hell (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) and Devil's Angels (1967). After spending a year in Canada and working in a research hospital, she returned to the USA, moved to Los Angeles, and was soon cast for a role in Roger Corman's The Wild Racers (1968), which was directed by Daniel Haller. Her experience on that film was to her 'a pleasant one' because she first traveled to Europe and experienced the various countries, and to England to visit her older brother, who worked as a math teacher at a university in London.
After appearing in the film, More (1969), Mimsy traveled to Italy for a vacation and met her future husband, screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami, who wanted to write her a part in a film. He was later fired as the scriptwriter and her role was not cast. After spending time in Italy, and disillusioned by the civil unrest and political problems with the USA and its involvement in the Vietnam War, Mimsy, a liberal left-winger, settled in Italy to continue her acting career there.
Mimsy Farmer first became an international star when Dario Argento cast her to appear alongside Michael Brandon in 'giallo' mystery-thriller, Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) (aka "Four Flies on Grey Velvet"), in 1971. After her success with "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" (1971), Mimsy remained in Italy and a steady stream of acting roles followed with dramatic parts in dramas and thrillers, including Allonsanfan (1974), and The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974), directed by Francesco Barilli. One of her best roles was a starring role in the horror-mystery-thriller, Autopsy (1975) (aka "Autopsy"), directed by Armando Crispino, where she played a pathologist investigating a murder.
She also appeared in two films, directed by Ruggero Deodato, titled Concorde Affaire '79 (1979) and Body Count (1986). Lucio Fulci even cast her, in 1981, for a co-starring part in The Black Cat (1981) (aka "The Black Cat") (1981), playing the heroine/victim. She also appeared in a number of French language films and TV. After her divorce from Vincenzo Cerami in the 1980s, Mimsy and her teenage daughter, Aisha Cerami, settled in France, where she also did some French-language movie and TV roles and she considers French an easier language to learn and speak than Italian.
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.