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Birth name Maria de Lourdes Villiers FarrowNationality USABirth 9 february 1945María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow (born February 9, 1945), known professionally as Mia Farrow, is an American actress, activist and former fashion model.
(75 years) at Los Angeles (USA
She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. An early film role, as Rosemary in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), saw her nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She went on to appear in films such as John and Mary (1969), Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Death on the Nile (1978).
Farrow was in a relationship with actor-director Woody Allen from 1980 to 1992 and appeared in twelve of his thirteen films over that period, including Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Alice (1990) and Husbands and Wives (1992). Her later film roles include Widows' Peak (1994), The Omen (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008), Dark Horse (2011) and Luc Besson's Arthur series (2006–2010).
Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award, received seven additional Golden Globe nominations, three BAFTA nominations and a best actress award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Farrow is known for her extensive work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She is involved in humanitarian activities in Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.
Marriage to Frank Sinatra
On July 19, 1966, Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra at the Las Vegas home of Jack Entratter. Farrow was 21 years old at the time while Sinatra was 51. Sinatra wanted Farrow to give up her acting career which she initially agreed to do. She accompanied Sinatra while he was shooting several films but soon tired of doing nothing and signed on to star in Rosemary's Baby. Filming for Rosemary's Baby ran over its initial estimated filming schedule which angered Sinatra who had cast Farrow in a role in his film The Detective. After Farrow failed to report for filming, Sinatra cast actress Jacqueline Bisset in Farrow's role. In November 1967, while Farrow was filming Rosemary's Baby, Sinatra's lawyer served her with divorce papers. Their divorce was finalized in August 1968. Farrow later blamed the demise of the marriage on their age difference and stated that she was an "impossibly immature teenager" when she married Sinatra. The two remained friends until Sinatra's death.
Visit to Ashram
In February 1968, Farrow traveled to India, where she spent part of the year at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, studying Transcendental Meditation. Her visit received worldwide media attention because of the presence of all four members of The Beatles, Donovan, and Mike Love, as well as her sister Prudence Farrow, who inspired John Lennon to write the song "Dear Prudence".
Marriage to André Previn
On September 10, 1970, Farrow married conductor and composer André Previn in London. At the time of their marriage, Farrow was pregnant with twin boys. Farrow had begun a relationship with Previn while he was still married to his second wife songwriter Dory Previn. When Farrow became pregnant, Previn left Dory and filed for divorce. Their divorce became final in July 1970. Dory Previn later wrote a scathing song, entitled "Beware of Young Girls", about the loss of her husband to Farrow. Previn and Farrow divorced in 1979.
Relationship with Woody Allen
In 1979, Farrow began a relationship with film director Woody Allen. During their relationship, Farrow starred in 13 of Allen's films, and several of her relatives also made appearances. Their relationship ended when Allen began a romantic relationship with Soon-Yi, the 21-year-old adopted daughter of Farrow.
As of February 2014, Mia Farrow has thirteen living children (four biological, nine adopted), including her adopted daughter Soon-Yi from whom she is estranged, and ten grandchildren. Two of her adopted children, Tam and Lark, have predeceased her.
Farrow and former husband André Previn have three biological children (twins Matthew and Sascha (born February 26, 1970) and Fletcher (born March 14, 1974)). In 1973 and 1976, respectively, they adopted Vietnamese infants, Lark Song Previn and Summer "Daisy" Song Previn (both born October 6, 1974), followed by the adoption of Soon-Yi (born c. October 8, 1972) from Korea around 1978. Soon-Yi's precise age and birth date are not known, but a bone scan estimated her age as being between 5 and 7 years old at the time of her adoption.
Farrow adopted Moses "Misha" Farrow (born January 27, 1978, adopted 1980), and Dylan Farrow (born July 11, 1985). Dylan was known as "Eliza" for a while and also as "Malone". In December 1991 a New York City court allowed Woody Allen to co-adopt Dylan and Moses.
On December 19, 1987, Farrow gave birth to their son Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow, later known as Ronan Farrow. In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Farrow stated Ronan could "possibly" be the biological child of her first husband Frank Sinatra, with whom she claimed to have "never really split up".
In 1992, Mia alleged that Dylan Farrow, then aged seven, had told her she had been sexually abused by Allen. In August 1992, Allen sued for full custody of his and Farrow's three children, claiming that Farrow was concocting the sexual abuse allegations.
The head doctor of the police-appointed medical team gave sworn testimony via a deposition that Dylan "either invented the story under the stress of living in a volatile and unhealthy home or that it was planted in her mind by her mother" because of the "inconsistent" presentation of the story by Dylan. The doctor did not meet with Dylan prior to giving his testimony and delivered his findings based on first-hand accounts of the incident. Justice Elliot Wilk, who rejected Allen's bid for full custody and denied him visitation rights with Dylan, wrote: "I am less certain, however, than is the Yale-New Haven team, that the evidence proves conclusively that there was no sexual abuse."
In February 2014, Dylan Farrow publicly renewed her claims of sexual abuse against Allen, in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, a friend of Farrow, in his New York Times blog. Allen repeated his denial of the allegations.
Following the new allegations, Moses Farrow claimed Mia had been the one responsible for mistreatment, claiming she had physically abused him.
Between 1992 and 1995, Farrow adopted five more children: Tam Farrow (born c. 1981 – died 2000); Kaeli-Shea Farrow, now known as Quincy Maureen Farrow; Frankie-Minh (born 1989); Isaiah Justus (born 1992); Gabriel Wilk Farrow (born 1988; adopted 1995), now known as Thaddeus Wilk Farrow and named after Elliott Wilk, the judge who oversaw Farrow's 1993 legal battle with Allen. Tam Farrow died of heart failure in 2000 at the age of 19 after a long illness. On December 25, 2008, Lark Previn died at the age of 35.