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Mia Farrow



American actress and long-time Woody Allen muse, Mia Farrow was the third of seven children born to film star Maureen O'Sullivan and director John Farrow. Born February 9, 1945, she enjoyed the usual pampered Hollywood kid lifestyle until she fell victim to polio at the age of nine; her struggle to recover from this illness was the first of many instances in which the seemingly frail Farrow exhibited a will of iron.



Educated in an English convent school, Farrow returned to California with plans to take up acting. With precious little prior experience that included a bit part in her father's 1959 film John Paul Jones, she debuted on Broadway in a 1963 revival of The Importance of Being Earnest. The following year, she was cast as Alison McKenzie in the nighttime TV soap opera Peyton Place, which made her an idol of the American teen set. That people over the age of 18 were also interested in Farrow was proven in the summer of 1965, when she became the third wife of singer Frank Sinatra, 30 years her senior. The marriage provided fodder for both the tabloids and leering nightclub comics for a time, and while the union didn't last long, it put Farrow into the international filmgoing consciousness. (She and Sinatra remained close, long-time friends after their divorce).



Farrow's first important movie appearance was in Rosemary's Baby (1968) as the unwitting mother of Satan's offspring. She was often cast in damsel-in-distress parts -- capitalizing on Rosemary's Baby -- and in "trendy" pop-culture roles for several years thereafter. During this period, she married pianist André Previn and starting a family. Her skills as an actress increased, even if her films didn't bring in large crowds; Farrow's performance as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (1974) remains one of the few high points of the largely disappointing film. By the early '80s, a newly divorced Farrow had taken up with comedian/director Woody Allen, for whom she did some of her best work in such films as Zelig (1983); Broadway Danny Rose (1984), in which she was barely recognizable in a brilliant turn as a bosomy blonde bimbo; The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985); Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Radio Days (1987); Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989); and Husbands and Wives (1992).



Farrow and Allen were soul mates in private as well as cinematic life; she had a child by him named Satchel, who was Allen's first son. In 1992, ironically the same year that she starred as Allen's discontented spouse in Husbands and Wives, Farrow once more commanded newspaper headlines when she discovered that Allen had been having more than a parental relationship with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn (whom he later married). Farrow and Allen then engaged in a long, well-publicized court battle for custody of their adopted and biological children; in the aftermath, Farrow wrote a tell-all memoir entitled What Falls Away. She also continued to appear on the screen in such films as Widows' Peak (1994), Miami Rhapsody (1995), and Coming Soon (1999).



Farrow stayed out of the limelight at the beginning of the next decade, but brought back memories of one of her best films, Rosemary's Baby, when she appeared as the nanny guiding the evil Satan child Damien in John Moore's adaptation of The Omen. The actress appeared in The Ex (2006), a romantic comedy, and in the first installment of filmmaker Luc Besson's fantasy adventured trilogy Arthur and the Invisibles. Farrow starred alongside Jack Black, Mos Def, and Danny Glover in the lighthearted comedy Be Kind Rewind (2008), which followed a bumbling movie lover who accidentally erased a vast collection of VHS films. In 2011, Farrow joined the cast of filmmaker Todd Solondz' Dark Horse, in which she co-starred with Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
63% Philip Roth: Unmasked
  • Actor
2013
71% Dark Horse
  • Phyllis
2012
20% Arthur and the Invisibles 3: Arthur and the War of Two Worlds
  • Granny
2011
0% Arthur and the Great Adventure
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Arthur, L'aventure 4d
  • Actor
2010
14% Arthur and the Invisibles 2: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
  • Granny
2009
87% Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
  • Actor
2008
66% Be Kind Rewind
  • Miss Falewicz
2008
No Score Yet As We Forgive
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Corduroy...And More Stories About Caring
  • Actor
2008
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story
  • Actor
2007
19% The Ex
  • Amelia Kowalski
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Granny
2007
No Score Yet Frontline
  • Actor
2007
27% The Omen
  • Mrs. Baylock
2006
No Score Yet Samantha - An American Girl Holiday
  • Grandmary Edwards
2004
No Score Yet Biography
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Secret Life of Zoey
  • Marcia Carter
2002
92% The Kid Stays in the Picture
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Purpose
  • Anna
2002
No Score Yet A Girl Thing
  • Betty McCarthy
2001
No Score Yet On Cukor
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Avalanche
  • Caroline Brace
1999
29% Coming Soon
  • Judy Hodsell
1999
No Score Yet Miracle at Midnight
  • Doris Koster
1998
No Score Yet Intimate Portrait - Mia Farrow
  • Actor
1998
80% Private Parts
  • Herself
1997
14% Reckless
  • Rachel
1995
45% Miami Rhapsody
  • Nina Marcus
1995
100% Widows' Peak
  • Madeline O'Hare
1994
97% Husbands and Wives
  • Judy Roth
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Irmy
1992
77% Alice
  • Alice Tate
1990
No Score Yet Pegasus
  • Actor
1990
93% Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • Halley Reed
1989
73% New York Stories
  • Lisa
1989
65% Another Woman
  • Hope
1988
58% September
  • Lane
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Sally
1987
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Hannah
1986
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Cecilia
1985
7% Supergirl
  • Alura
1984
100% Broadway Danny Rose
  • Tina Vitale
1984
100% Zelig
  • Dr. Eudora Fletcher
1983
No Score Yet Sarah and the Squirrel (The Seventh Match)
  • Actor
1982
74% A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
  • Ariel
1982
63% The Last Unicorn
  • Unicorn/Amalthea
1982
No Score Yet High Heels
  • Actor
1981
50% Hurricane
  • Charlotte Bruckner
1979
80% Death on the Nile
  • Jacqueline De Bellefort
1978
78% A Wedding
  • Buffy Brenner
1978
No Score Yet Full Circle (The Haunting of Julia)
  • Julia
1977
39% The Great Gatsby
  • Daisy Buchanan
1974
No Score Yet The Public Eye
  • Belinda
1972
57% Blind Terror (See No Evil)
  • Sarah
1971
38% John and Mary
  • Mary
1969
50% Secret Ceremony
  • Cenci
1968
99% Rosemary's Baby
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
1968
No Score Yet A Dandy in Aspic
  • Caroline
1968
No Score Yet Guns at Batasi
  • Karen Eriksson
1964
No Score Yet The Ceremony
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet John Paul Jones
  • Actor
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
No Score Yet Frontline
1982
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet A Path Appears
2015
  • Appearing

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