María de Lourdes Villiers “Mia” Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American actress, activist, and former fashion model. Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award and three BAFTA Award nominations. Farrow is also known for her extensive work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, which includes 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.
The eldest daughter of Australian director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan, Farrow had a strict Catholic upbringing in Beverly Hills, California. After working as a fashion model during her teenage years, she first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place (1964–1966), with Dorothy Malone, Warner Anderson, and Ed Nelson. She made her uncredited film debut in her father’s film John Paul Jones (1959), with Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Basil Sydney, and Thomas Gomez.
Her credited feature film debut in John Guillerman’s Guns at Batasi (1964), with Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, and John Leyton; earned her a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, and she gained further recognition for her subsequent two-year marriage to Frank Sinatra, whom she married at age 21. Other early films include Joseph Losey’s Secret Ceremony (1968), with Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Mitchum; and Anthony Mann‘s A Dandy in Aspic (1968), with Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Peter Cook, and Harry Andrews.
Farrow’s portrayal of Rosemary Woodhouse in the horror film Rosemary’s Baby (1968), with John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner, and, Charles Grodin; earned her a nomination for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She received a third Golden Globe nomination for her role in Peter Yates‘s John and Mary (1969), with Dustin Hoffman.
In 1971, Farrow became the first American actress in history to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing as Joan of Arc in a production of Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. This was followed by stage productions of Mary Rose (1972), Three Sisters (1973), and Ivanov (1976). Farrow also starred in several films throughout the 1970s, including a film adaptation of The Great Gatsby (1974), with Robert Redford, Sam Waterston, Bruce Dern, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Lois Chiles, Howard Da Silva, Roberts Blossom, and Edward Herrmann; and Robert Altman‘s comedy A Wedding (1978), with Desi Arnaz, Jr., Carol Burnett, Paul Dooley, Vittorio Gassman, Lillian Gish, Geraldine Chaplin, Howard Duff, Nina Van Pallandt, and Pat McCormick.
Other films of the 1970s include the TV movie Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (1971), with Hal Holbrook, John Colicos, Marlene Warfield, and Martin Sheen; Claude Chabrol’s Dr. Popaul (1972), with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Laura Antonelli; Follow Me! (1972), with Topol and Michael Jayston; the TV movie Peter Pan (1976), with Danny Kaye; Avalanche (1978), with Rock Hudson, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan, Rick Moses, Steve Franken, and Barry Primus; and Death on the Nile (1978), with Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, David Niven, George Kennedy and Jack Warden.
Farrow began a relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen in 1979, and over a decade-long period starred in 13 of his films, beginning with A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982), with Julie Hagerty, Mary Steenburgen, Tony Roberts and Jose Ferrer. She received numerous critical accolades for her performances in several of Allen’s films, including Golden Globe Award nominations for Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), with Jeff Daniels and Danny Aiello; and Alice (1990), with Alec Baldwin, Joe Mantegna, and William Hurt; as well as a BAFTA nomination for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), with Barbara Hershey, Diane Wiest, Michael Caine, Carrie Fisher, O’Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Max von Sydow, Julie Kavner, Daniel Stern, Richard Jenkins, Fred Melamed, Lewis Black, Joanna Gleason, John Turturro, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Her other films with Allen include Zelig (1983), Radio Days (1987), with Seth Green, Wiest, Kavner, Michael Tucker, Wallace Shawn, and Diane Keaton; September (1987), with Sam Waterston, Wiest, Elaine Stritch, Jack Warden, and Denholm Elliott; Another Woman (1988), with Gena Rowlands, Ian Holm, Blythe Danner, Martha Plimpton, Gene Hackman, and David Ogden Stiers; Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), with Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda, Waterston, and Joanna Gleason; Alice (1990), with William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Keye Luke, and Bernadette Peters; and Shadows and Fog (1991), with Kathy Bates, John Cusack, Jodie Foster, Fred Gwynne, Kavner, Madonna, John Malkovich, Kenneth Mars, Kate Nelligan, Donald Pleasence, and Lily Tomlin.
Her last film with Allen was Husbands and Wives (1992), with Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Lysette Anthony, Juliette Lewis, Liam Neeson and Danne. After she discovered he was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, and they ended their relationship. She would then make public allegations that he sexually assaulted their seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. Farrow retained custody of Dylan. These claims received significant renewed public attention after Dylan recounted the alleged assault in a 2013 interview.
Other films in the 1990s include Miami Rhapsody (1995), with Sarah Jessica Parker, Gil Bellows, Antonio Banderas, Paul Mazursky, Kevin Pollak, Barbara Garrick, and Carla Gugino; Reckless (1995), with Scott Glenn, Mary-Louise Parker, Tony Goldwyn, Eileen Brennan, Debora Monk, Giancarlo Esposito, William Fichtner, Nancy Marchand, Tony Goldwyn, and Stephen Dorff; and Coming Soon (1999), with Bonnie Root, Gabby Hoffmann, Tricia Vessey, and Ryan Reynolds.
Since the 2000s, Farrow has made occasional appearances on television, including a recurring role on Third Watch (2001–2003). TV movie appearances include A Girl Thing (2001), with Stockard Channing, Kate Capshaw, Elle Macpherson, Glenne Headly, Rebecca De Mornay, Allison Janney, Lynn Whitfield, Linda Hamilton, Camryn Manheim, and S. Epatha Merkerson; and The Secret Life of Zoey (2002), with Julia Whelan, Cliff De Young, and Andrew McCarthy.
Farrow has also had supporting parts in films such as The Omen (2006), with Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gambon, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick; The Ex (2007), with Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, Donal Logue, Amy Poehler, and Amy Adams; Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind Rewind (2008), with Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover, and Sigourney Weaver; and Todd Solondz‘s Dark Horse (2012), with Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Donna Murphy, Christopher Walken, Zachary Booth, and Aasif Mandvi. ￼
Farrow also voice the title character in the animated cult fantasy film The Last Unicorn (1982), with Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, and René Auberjonois. She has dedicated significant periods to raising her adopted and biological children, and she has taken part in humanitarian efforts abroad, particularly human rights in African countries.
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- John Paul Jones (1959) – directed by John Farrow
- Guns at Batasi (1964) – directed by John Guillermin
- Johnny Belinda (1967) – directed by Paul Bogart – TV movie
- A Dandy in Aspic (1968) – directed by Anthony Mann
- Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – directed by Roman Polanski
- Secret Ceremony (1968) – directed by Joseph Losey
- John and Mary (1969) – directed by Peter Yates
- See No Evil (1971) – directed by Richard Fleischer
- Goodyear, Raggedy Ann (1971) – directed by Fielder Cook – TV movie
- Follow Me! (1972) – directed by Carol Reed – aka The Public Eye
- Dr. Popaul (1972) – directed by Claude Chabro – aka High Heels & Scoundrel in White
- The Great Gatsby (1974) – directed by Jack Clayton
- Peter Pan (1976) – directed by Dwight Hemion
- The Haunting of Julia (1977) – directed by Richard Loncraine – aka Full Circle
- A Wedding (1978) – directed by Robert Altman
- Avalanche (1978) – directed by Corey Allen
- Death on the Nile (1978) – directed by John Guillermin
- Hurricane (1979) – directed by Jan Troell
- A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982) – directed by Woody Allen
- The Last Unicorn (1982) – directed by Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass
- Sarah (1982) – directed by Yoram Gross – aka Sarah and the Squirrel & The Seventh Match
- Zelig (1983) – directed by Woody Allen
- Broadway Danny Rose (1984) – directed by Woody Allen
- Supergirl (1984) – directed by Jeannot Szwarc
- The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) – directed by Woody Allen
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) – directed by Woody Allen
- Radio Days (1987) – directed by Woody Allen
- September (1987) – directed by Woody Allen
- Another Woman (1988) – directed by Woody Allen
- New York Stories (1989) – directed by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, & Woody Allen – anthology
- Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) – directed by Woody Allen
- Alice (1990) – directed by Woody Allen
- Shadows and Fog (1991) – directed by Woody Allen
- Husbands and Wives (1992) – directed by Woody Allen
- Widows’ Peak (1994) – directed by John Irvin
- Miami Rhapsody (1995) – directed by David Frankel
- Reckless (1995) – directed by Norman René
- Angela Mooney Dies Again (1996) – directed by Tommy McArdle
- Private Parts (1997) – directed by Betty Thomas – cameo as herself
- Redux Riding Hood (1997) – directed by Steve Moore – short
- Miracle at Midnight (1998) – directed by Ken Cameron – TV movie
- Coming Soon (1999) – directed by Colette Burson
- Forget Me Never (1999) – directed by Robert Allan Ackerman – TV movie
- A Girl Thing (2001) – directed by Lee Rose – TV movie
- Purpose (2002) – directed by Alan Lazar
- The Secret Life of Zoey (2002) – directed by Robert Mandel – TV movie
- Julie Lydecker (2002) – directed by Jerry Zaks – TV movie
- Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004) – directed by Nadia Tass – TV movie
- Fran’s Bed (2005) – directed by Patrick Hoffman & James Lapine
- The Omen (2006) – directed by John Moore
- Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) – directed by Luc Besson
- The Ex (2007) – directed by Jesse Peretz
- Be Kind Rewind (2008) – directed by Michel Gondry
- As We Forgive (2008) – directed by Laura Waters Hinson – documentary – narrator
- Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (2009) – directed by Luc Besson
- Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) – directed by Luc Besson
- Dark Horse (2012) – directed by Todd Solondz