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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 February 1945Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameMaria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow
Height 5' 4¼" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mia Farrow is the daughter of the director John Farrow and the actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. She debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles. She was noticed for the first time in the film Rosemary's Baby (1968) by Roman Polanski. She showed her talent also on TV and at the theatre, but her final breakthrough was when she met Woody Allen and became his Muse after the film A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982). After that, Woody Allen wrote many other roles for her.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm

Spouse (2)

André Previn (10 September 1970 - 31 January 1979) (divorced) (6 children)
Frank Sinatra (19 July 1966 - 16 August 1968) (divorced)

Trivia (46)

Daughter of John Farrow and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Was on the first cover of People Magazine.
John Lennon wrote "Dear Prudence" for her younger sister Prudence Farrow.
Auditoned for the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music (1965).
Hit #111 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts with "Lullaby from Rosemary's Baby" in August of 1968.
The first American actress to be accepted as a member of London's prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her godparents were gossip columnist Louella Parsons and famed director George Cukor.
April 2002 - refused to co-operate with request that clips from some of her performances in Woody Allen films could be used for upcoming Turner Classic Movies tribute to the director, her ex-lover since infamous break-up in 1996.
Mia and her family live in huge rent-controlled apartment building right next door to Manhattan's legendary Dakota apartment house, which starred as the devilish locale in Rosemary's Baby (1968). Dakota is also the building where her friend, John Lennon, lived and in front of which he was shot to death.
Her mother attended private school with fellow actress Vivien Leigh, and Leigh gave Farrow's career a push when she made her off-Broadway debut playing Cecily in a New York revival of "The Importance of Being Earnest". Leigh put out personal phone calls to make sure that agents and casting directors saw the show.
She is a UNICEF Special Representative.
Daughter Mallone attends Bard College, class of 2007.
Was one of the bridesmaids when Liza Minnelli married David Gest in a lavish ceremony on March 16, 2002. Farrow and Minnelli have been friends since childhood.
Her father was born in Australia, and had English ancestry. Her mother was born in Ireland, and had Irish, as well as Scottish and English, ancestry.
Was the voice of the Unicorn/Amalthia in the 1982 animated version of The Last Unicorn (1982) and will be portraying the Molly Grue character in the up coming live action remake set for 2006.
Contracted Polio at the age of nine.
Is portrayed by Nina Siemaszko in Sinatra (1992) and by Patsy Kensit in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995).
She and Woody Allen made 13 movies together: Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Alice (1990), Another Woman (1988), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), September (1987), Husbands and Wives (1992), A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982), New York Stories (1989), Radio Days (1987), Shadows and Fog (1991) and Zelig (1983).
Former stepmother of Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra and Frank Sinatra Jr.
Returned to the New York stage in September 2005 to appear off-Broadway in the play, "Fran's Bed." Mia Farrow's performance was widely praised by NY critics.
Her former step-children, Frank Sinatra Jr. (b. 1944), and Nancy Sinatra (b. 1940) were older than her.
Elder brother Michael (born 1939) perished in a 1958 plane crash while taking flying lessons.
Father died when she was 17.
Is, to the day, 2 years younger than Joe Pesci.
Was featured on People's first published issue, March 4, 1974.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actress category for her roles in the films Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) and The Omen (2006), however, she failed to receive a nomination. Had she gotten the nomination, it would have been her first in 24 years. She was previously nominated for Worst Actress for her performance in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982), at the 1983 Razzie Awards.
In February of 2007 - as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador - she toured the Central African Republic and Chad for a week each. Her goal was to bring worldwide attention to those impoverished African countries.
Turned down the role of Mattie Ross in the 1969 now classic True Grit (1969) opposite John Wayne, a decision she now cites as the worst mistake she has made in her career.
Mia has 15 children. She has three biological children with André Previn: twin sons Matthew Phineas and Sascha Villiers (born February 26, 1970), and Fletcher Farrow Previn (born March 14, 1974). She adopted three children while married to Previn: Soon-Yi Previn, Lark Song and Summer Song (aka Daisy Previn). She has one biological child with Woody Allen: Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow (now known as Ronan Farrow', born December 19, 1987). She adopted two children while with Allen: Moses Farrow (aka Misha), Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow(aka Mallone). She has adopted six children as a single mother: Tam Farrow, Isaiah Justus Farrow, Quincy Farrow (aka Kaeli-Shea Farrow), Frankie-Minh Farrow, Thaddeus W. Farrow and Gabriel Wilk Farrow. Tam Farrow died in March of 2000 at age 19 of a heart ailment. Lark Farrow died in December of 2008 at age 35.
When Farrow first met husband-to-be Frank Sinatra in 1964, she was 19 and he 48, a fact that prompted Dean Martin to quip that he owned a bottle of Scotch older than Farrow.
At one time, was scheduled to star in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) with Geneviève Bujold. The film was eventually made with Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave in the leads.
In 2008, she was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.
Natasha Richardson was the godmother of two of Mia's adopted children.
On March 22, 2009, Mia Farrow attended the funeral of her good friend and former costar, Natasha Richardson.
After André Previn left his wife Dory Previn for Farrow, Dory wrote the song "Beware of Young Girls" in response.
At one time, was scheduled to star in Thelma & Louise (1991) as Thelma, with Jane Fonda as Louise. But two writers' strikes, one in 1981 and another in 1988 left the project into development hell. The film was eventually made with Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, and became a box office success.
Her brother, Patrick Farrow, 66, a sculptor who was the older brother of the actress, was found late Monday night, 15 June 2009, after he committed suicide by shooting himself at his home in Castleton, Vt.
Daughter Lark Previn contracted HIV in her 20s, claiming she caught it from a dirty needle at a tattoo parlor. Both of Lark's children, Sara and Christine, were also born with the virus.
Discovered that partner Woody Allen was in a relationship with her daughter Soon-Yi Previn when she came across nude photos of Soon-Yi taken in Allen's East Side duplex in early 1992.
Friend Margaret Roach is godmother of Mia's daughter Lark.
Was introduced to former partner Woody Allen by Michael Caine at New York restaurant Elaine's.
She and Woody Allen maintained separate residences during their 12 year relationship. Her apartment was half a mile across Central Park from his East Side duplex.
Son Moses Farrow has cerebral palsy.
Has been an advocate for action to stop the genocide in Darfur. She asked Steven Spielberg to quit his planned direction of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, due to China's strong support for the Sudanese government; Mr. Spielberg did walk away from the assignment after discussing the issue with Farrow.
In March, 2011, was among those listed in Newsweek Magazine's 'Women Who Shake the World'.

Personal Quotes (15)

I get it now; I didn't get it then. That life is about losing and about doing it as gracefully as possible...and enjoying everything in between.
I wondered if, after all the things I'd been through, could I really act again?
I want a big career, a big man and a big life. You have to think big - that's the only way to get it ... I just couldn't stand being anonymous. - in 1965
As a young actress on her slender, waifish figure, "I'm kind of 20-20-20."
I don't like to talk about acting. I don't analyze it.
I love Lindt. Dark chocolate is such a delicious indulgence.
I don't think you can be a Catholic without an accompanying measure of guilt.
I think it was a difficult place for children. Beverly Hills was a one-business town, and the movie-making community was very clique-ish. You didn't really meet people outside that circle - except when they were employed by your parents: lawyers, or a gardener. Things that you might have wanted to do, you saw them as, in a way, in service. It was limiting in the way that role models were presented to children, and when people sort of became aware of how special our circumstances were, it also began to dawn on them that: how could they possibly sustain this themselves?
And I have the most wonderful children. I've been very, very blessed.
If I seem to be running, it's because I'm pursued.
I have no life. This is my life. So while it may be that I'm only an actress and it may be that I'm an idiot in many aspects - but no more so than half the population - I have earned some stripes, if hours of study count. Yes, I am a celebrity, so take it with a grain. But I'm also a messenger. I'm also a witness. - The Guardian 3/July/2008
Natasha is irreplaceable. I cannot think of anyone kinder, more generous, thoughtful, smarter or more fun. She is the godmother of two of my children. The Neesons and Vanessa Redgrave have always made me feel a part of their wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. (on Natasha Richardson's tragic death.)
I'm just an actress, ... I'm not presuming anybody will care whether I starve to death or whether I go on a long hunger strike or what. But it's a personal matter.
On her life as a "Rat Pack Wife" during her marriage to Frank Sinatra: "The women, who didn't seem to mind being referred to as 'broads', sat up straight with their legs crossed and little expectant smiles on their oh-so-carefully made-up faces They sipped white wine, smoked, and eyed the men, laughing at every joke...A long time would pass before any of the women dared to speak then, under the main male table conversation, they talked about their cats, or where they had bought their clothes; but more than half an ear was always with the men, just in case. As hours passed, the women, neglected in their chairs, drooped; no longer listening, no longer laughing".
[Note to Robert Evans during the casting of The Great Gatsby (1974)] Dear Bob, May I be your Daisy?

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