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Also Known As: Maria De Lourdes Villiers Farrow Died:
Born: February 9, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hollywood, California, USA Profession: actor

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Known for her intense performances onscreen, no script could ever match the real life drama that followed actress Mia Farrow throughout her tumultuous life and career. Born to Hollywood royalty, she first burst into public view as the star of the hugely popular primetime soap "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69) and as the teen bride of superstar Frank Sinatra, followed by a career-making turn in Roman Polanski's horror classic "Rosemary's Baby" (1968). More notable roles followed in high-profile films such as "The Great Gatsby" (1974), in addition to another celebrity marriage to renowned composer-conductor, André Previn. It was, however, Farrow's extended relationship with revered filmmaker Woody Allen that would produce not only some of the actress' finest work - "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and "Alice" (1990), among others - but her greatest heartache, as well. The shocking revelation that Allen had been in a sexual relationship with their 21-year-old adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, in 1992 shook Farrow's world to its foundation, simultaneously ending both her longest-running romantic relationship and most fruitful artistic collaboration. In the years that followed...

Known for her intense performances onscreen, no script could ever match the real life drama that followed actress Mia Farrow throughout her tumultuous life and career. Born to Hollywood royalty, she first burst into public view as the star of the hugely popular primetime soap "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69) and as the teen bride of superstar Frank Sinatra, followed by a career-making turn in Roman Polanski's horror classic "Rosemary's Baby" (1968). More notable roles followed in high-profile films such as "The Great Gatsby" (1974), in addition to another celebrity marriage to renowned composer-conductor, André Previn. It was, however, Farrow's extended relationship with revered filmmaker Woody Allen that would produce not only some of the actress' finest work - "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and "Alice" (1990), among others - but her greatest heartache, as well. The shocking revelation that Allen had been in a sexual relationship with their 21-year-old adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, in 1992 shook Farrow's world to its foundation, simultaneously ending both her longest-running romantic relationship and most fruitful artistic collaboration. In the years that followed the scandal, Farrow continued to act, although her humanitarian work in the East African region of Darfur and her own growing family clearly took precedence. Seemingly meek and emotionally fragile - traits skillfully exploited in her acting - Farrow ultimately emerged as a survivor, as well as a voice for children around the world.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Ex, The (2007)
6.
 Omen, The (2006)
7.
8.
 Secret Life of Zoey, The (2002) Marcia
9.
 Coming Soon (1999) Judy Hodsell
10.
 Forget Me Never (1999) Diane Mcgowin
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Milestones close milestones

1954:
Contracted polio at age nine
1957:
Sent to convent school in London after expressing interest in becoming an actress
1959:
Film acting debut in a bit role in "John Paul Jones", directed by father John Farrow
1963:
Appeared in short, "The Age of Curiosity", for SEVENTEEN Magazine
1963:
Stage acting debut as Cecily in an Off-Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest"
1964:
First major film role, "Guns at Batasi"
1964:
TV acting debut as Alison MacKenzie in the ABC primetime serial drama, "Peyton Place"; became an "overnight" star
1967:
Became involved with the transcendental meditation movement
1967:
Played title role in the ABC TV remake of "Johnny Belinda"
1968:
Delivered a stellar turn as an unsuspecting wife and mother whose husband and neighbors are Satanists in Roman Polanski's now-classic chiller "Rosemary's Baby"
1969:
Acted opposite Dustin Hoffman in "John and Mary"
1974:
Portrayed Daisy Buchanan in the feature remake of "The Great Gatsby", starring Robert Redford
1976:
Played title role in the NBC musical adaptation of "Peter Pan"
1978:
Had supporting turn as a murder suspect in the Agatha Christie adaptation "Death on the Nile"
1979:
Appeared on Broadway opposite Anthony Perkins in "Romantic Comedy"
1982:
First film collaboration with Woody Allen, "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"
1984:
Delivered an outstanding turn as a mobster's girlfriend, replete with New Jersey accent, in "Broadway Danny Rose", written and directed by Allen
1985:
Starred as a Depression-era wife who seeks solace in the movies in "The Purple Rose of Cairo", written and directed by Allen
1986:
Provided the luminous center for Allen's acclaimed "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1990:
Received critical kudos for "Alice", Allen's film loosely adapted from "Alice in Wonderland"
1992:
Last film with Allen, "Husbands and Wives"
1992:
Became embroiled in a prolonged and public custody battle with Allen over their three children Moses, Dylan, Satchel; eventually won custody
1994:
Co-starred in the comedy "Widow's Peak"
1995:
Starred in the film version of Craig Lucas' play "Reckless"
1998:
Returned to TV as co-star with Sam Waterston in "Miracle at Midnight" (ABC)
1999:
Starred in the CBS movie "Forget Me Never"
2005:
Starred off-Broadway, as a woman confronting her own mortality in "Fran's Bed," a family drama by James Lapine
2006:
Played the role of 'Mrs. Baylock', the Satanic nanny, in the remake of "The Omen"
2007:
Costarred in Justin Theroux's directing debut, "Dedication," a romantic comedy premiered at Sundance
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Education

Marymount School: Los Angeles , California -
Cygnet House: - 1962

Notes

"I'm a kaleidoscope, a thousand different colors, a thousand different moods." --Mia Farrow to Life, October 2, 1964.

"Trying to describe Mia is like trying to describe dust in a shaft of sunlight, There are all those particles." --Roddy McDowall

Although Farrow has appeared in more Woody Allen films than anyone other than the director himself. Her sister Tisa Farrow was in an Allen film over two years earlier ("Manhattan" 1979).

"Farrow stays busy making films as she wants to be, she says, 'But there couldn't be anything bigger than raising my children, or better than that." --From "Farrow Likes Family Entertainment" by Frazier Moore in the Chicago Sun-Times, October 2, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Frank Sinatra. Singer, actor. Married on July 19, 1966; separated in November 1967; divorced in August 1968 in Mexico.
husband:
Andre Previn. Conductor. Married on October 10, 1970; divorced in 1979.
companion:
Sven Nykvist. Director of photography. Had relationship in the late 1970s.
companion:
Woody Allen. Director, writer, actor, comedian. Introduced in 1979 by Michael Caine; together from 1980-92; Farrow discovered nude photographs of her daughter Soon-Yi taken by Allen; Allen reportedly began a relationship with Soon-Yi in 1990; was accused of molesting Dylan/Eliza; Farrow cut off his contact with child in 1992; after protracted court battles, Allen was denied custody of his natural son and his "adopted" children Dylan and Moses; married Soon-Yi Previn in 1997.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Farrow. Director. Born on February 10, 1904; died in January 27, 1963 of a heart attack.
mother:
Maureen O'Sullivan. Actor. Born on May 17, 1911; died on June 22, 1998.
brother:
Michael Damien Villiers Farrow. Born in 1939; died in a plane crash in 1958.
brother:
Joseph Patrick Villiers Farrow. Born in November 1943.
brother:
John Charles Farrow. Born in 1946; appeared in "John Paul Jones".
sister:
Prudence Anne Farrow. Producer. Born in 1948; co-produced "Widow's Peak".
sister:
Stephanie Margarita Farrow. Born in 1949.
sister:
Tisa Farrow. Actor. Born in 1951.
son:
Matthew Phineas Previn. Lawyer. Born on February 26, 1970; twin of Sascha; father, Andre Previn.
son:
Sascha Villiers Previn. Computer analyst. Born on February 26, 1970; twin of Matthew; father, Andre Previn; married Carrie Englander in 1995.
daughter:
Soon-Yi Farrow Previn. Born c. 1971; adopted with Andre Previn in 1976; Korean; became romantically involved with Woody Allen while Allen was ostensibly still with Farrow in 1990; became estranged from her adoptive family; married Allen in 1997.
daughter:
Lark Song Previn. Born in 1973; adopted with Andre Previn in 1973; Vietnamese; married Christopher McKenzie; gave birth to a daughter in 1995.
son:
Fletcher Previn. Born in 1974; father, Andre Previn.
daughter:
Summer Song Previn. Born c. 1975; adopted with Andre Previn in 1976; Vietnamese.
son:
Moses Amadeus Farrow. Born in January 1978; adopted in 1980; Korean; has cerebral palsy;.
daughter:
Malone Farrow. Born in 1985 in Texas; adopted with Woody Allen in 1985; asked to change her name to Eliza in June 1993; name later switched to Malone.
son:
Seamus Farrow. Born on December 19, 1987; father, Woody Allen; named after baseball pitcher Satchel Paige; changed name to Seamus in 1993.
son:
Isaiah Justus Farrow. Born c. 1991; adopted by Farrow; born crack-addicted; African-American.
daughter:
Tam Farrow. Born c. 1980; adopted by Farrow; blind; died of a heart ailment in March 2000.
daughter:
Kaeli-Shea Farrow. Adopted in 1994.
son:
Thaddeus Wilk Farrow. Indian, born c. 1988; adopted in 1994.
daughter:
Frankie-Minh Farrow. Born in 1991; adopted in 1995; named after Frank Sinatra; Vietnamese; blind.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Mia: the Life of Mia Farrow"
"Mia and Woody: Love and Betrayal" Carroll & Graf
"What Falls Away" Nan A Talese/Doubleday

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