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Mia Farrow

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Mia Farrow, May 2008
Mia Farrow, May 2008
as Peter Pan in 1976
as Peter Pan in 1976

Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American actress, singer, and former fashion model, who starred as Peter Pan in the 1976 Hallmark Hall of Fame musical adaptation Peter Pan. She has appeared in more than forty films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award (and seven additional Golden Globe nominations), three BAFTA Film Award nominations, and a win for best actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Farrow is also notable for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2008, she was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

Personal life

She was born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Australian film director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan. She was briefly married to Frank Sinatra in the late 1960s. She was married to musician André Previn in the 1970s, and during that time gave birth to or adopted six children. Following that was a professional and personal relationship with Woody Allen in the 1980s and early 1990s; she gave birth to another child and they adopted two more. That relationship ended when Allen began a much-publicized sexual relationship (later marriage) with her oldest adopted daughter Soon-Yi. She has since adopted six more children.

Career

She first achieved stardom on the popular primetime soap opera Peyton Place as naive, waif-like Allison MacKenzie. Her first leading film role was in Rosemary's Baby (1968), which was a critical and commercial success at the time and continues to be widely regarded as a classic of the horror genre and garnered numerous awards, including a Golden Globe.

In the 1970s, Farrow appeared in a number of notable films, including the thriller See No Evil (1971), French director Claude Chabrol's Docteur Popaul (1972) and The Great Gatsby (1974), in which Farrow played Daisy Buchanan. In 1976 she donned tights to play Peter Pan, one of a number of made-for-television films during this period. In 1977 she played the title role in The Haunting of Julia. She appeared in director Robert Altman's cult classic A Wedding (1978). In 1979, Farrow appeared on Broadway opposite Anthony Perkins in the play Romantic Comedy.

She appeared in nearly all of Allen's critically acclaimed films during this period, including leading roles in Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters (playing the principal title role) and Alice (1990), again as the title character. Farrow also played the mother of Supergirl in a tie-in to the popular Superman films. She began to do less acting in the 1990s, devoting more of her time to her children and to social activism, but continues making films periodically.

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