For the most part she grew up in Beverly Hills in Southern California, and often traveled with her parents for films that were produced on location. She made her film debut in a 1947 short subject with her mother; the short was about famous mothers and their children modeling the latest fashions for families. Career Farrow screen-tested for the role of Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music. That footage has been preserved, and appears on the fortieth Anniversary Edition DVD of The Sound of Music. Farrow began her acting career by appearing in supporting roles in several 1960s films.
However, she achieved stardom on the popular primetime soap opera Peyton Place as naive, waif-like Allison MacKenzie, a role she later abandoned at the urging of husband Frank Sinatra. Her first leading film role was in 1968's Rosemary's Baby, which was a major critical and commercial success at the time and continues to be widely regarded as a classic of the horror genre. Farrow's performance in Rosemary's Baby garnered numerous awards, including the Golden Globe Award for New Star Of The Year - Actress, and established her as a leading actress. Film critic and author Stephen Farber described her performance as having an "electrifying impact… one of the rare instances of actor and character achieving a miraculous, almost mythical match. If Ira Levin's story shrewdly taps into every pregnant woman's fears about the stranger growing inside her, Mia Farrow gives those fears an achingly real and human force". Film critic Roger Ebert noted that "the brilliance of the film comes more from Polanski's direction, and from a series of genuinely inspired performances… The characters emerge as human beings actually doing these things.
A great deal of the credit for this achievement must go to Mia Farrow, as Rosemary". Following Rosemary's Baby, Farrow was to be cast as Mattie in True Grit and was keen on the role. However, prior to filming she made Secret Ceremony in England with Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Mitchum. Mitchum told her about director Henry Hathaway being rude to actresses. Farrow asked producer Hal Wallis to replace Hathaway, Wallis refused.
Farrow quit the role which was given to Kim Darby. Secret Ceremony divided critics, but has gone on to develop a devoted following. Farrow's other late '60s films include John and Mary, opposite Dustin Hoffman. In the 1970s, Farrow appeared in a number of notable films, including the 1971 thriller See No Evil, legendary French director Claude Chabrol's 1972 film Docteur Popaul, and the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, in which Farrow played "Daisy Buchanan". She also appeared in director Robert Altman's cult classic A Wedding in 1978. Farrow also appeared in a number of made for television films in the 1970s, most notably portraying the title role in a 1976 musical version of Peter Pan.
In 1979, Farrow appeared on Broadway opposite Anthony Perkins in the play Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade. In the 1980s and early '90s, Farrow's relationship with director Woody Allen resulted in numerous film collaborations. She appeared in nearly all of Allen's critically acclaimed films during this period, including leading roles in Hannah and Her Sisters (playing the title role of "Hannah"), The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, and 1990s Alice, again as the title character. Farrow also played Alura, mother of "Kara" (Helen Slater), in the 1984 movie Supergirl and voiced the title role in 1982's animated film The Last Unicorn. Citing the need to devote herself to raising her young children, Farrow worked less frequently during the '90s. Nonetheless, she appeared in leading roles in several notable films, included 1994's Widows' Peak (an Irish film) and the 1995 films, Miami Rhapsody and Reckless.
She also appeared in several independent features and made for television films throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. She also wrote an autobiography, What Falls Away (New York: Doubleday, 1997). Farrow most recently appeared as "Mrs. Baylock", the Satanic nanny, in the 2006 remake of The Omen. Though the film itself received a lukewarm critical reception, Farrow's performance was widely praised, with the Associated Press declaring "thank heaven for Mia Farrow" and calling her performance "a rare instance of the new Omen improving on the old one." Filmcritic.com added "it is Farrow who steals the show", and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer described her performance as "a truly delicious comeback role for Rosemary herself, Mia Farrow, who is chillingly believable as a sweet-talking nanny from hell." Farrow has completed work on several films released in 2007, including the romantic comedy The Ex and the first part of director Luc Besson's planned trilogy of fantasy films, Arthur and the Invisibles.
In February 2008, she appeared in director Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, opposite Jack Black, Mos Def and Danny Glover.  Activism and Africa Farrow has been a high profile advocate for children's rights, working to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict affected regions, predominantly in Africa. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked extensively to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio, which she survived as a child. She has traveled to Darfur three times to advocate for Darfuri refuges. She traveled there, in November 2004 and June 2006, joining her son Ronan Farrow, who has also worked for UNICEF in Sudan. Her third trip was as part of a documentary film expedition in 2007. Farrow's photographs of Darfur appeared in People magazine in July 2006 and she authored an article on the crisis, published in the Chicago Tribune on July 25, 2006.
On February 5, 2007, Farrow authored an editorial for the Los Angeles Times. On August 7, 2007, Farrow offered to "trade her freedom" for the freedom of a rebel leader, being treated in a UN hospital but afraid to leave. She wanted to be taken captive in exchange for him being allowed to leave the country. Since 2007, Farrow has been involved with the Dream for Darfur campaign, which has made a major effort to focus public attention on China's support for the government of Sudan, with a special focus on the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics, to be held in Beijing. Swayed by Farrow's campaign to pressure him, on February 12, 2008 filmmaker Steven Spielberg withdrew as an artistic adviser to the 2008 Olympics broadcast. During the Olympics broadcast, Farrow will be televised via the internet from a Sudanese refugee camp to highlight China's involvement in the region.. Farrow has recently agreed to narrate a documentary film relating the struggle of many of the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide to forgive those who murdered their fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and friends.
The documentary, presently in postproduction, is titled: As We Forgive Those. Farrow has set up her own website, www.miafarrow.org, which features a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photographs and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.  Personal life and relationships Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra on July 19, 1966, when she was 21 and he was 50. During the production of Farrow's 1968 film Rosemary's Baby, after she refused Sinatra's demand that she quit the film to work on his movie The Detective, he served her with divorce papers on the Rosemary's Baby set. The divorce was finalized in 1968. Also in 1968, Farrow traveled to India, where she spent the early part of the year at the ashram of the Maharishi in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, studying transcendental meditation. Her visit received worldwide media attention due to the presence of all four Beatles, Donovan, and Mike Love, as well as her sister Prudence Farrow, who inspired John Lennon to write the song "Dear Prudence". In 1970, Farrow married German-American Jewish pianist André Previn.
His former wife, songwriter Dory Previn, blamed Farrow for the end of her relationship with André and wrote a scathing song, entitled "Beware of Young Girls", about the incident. Farrow and Previn had three biological children together (twins Matthew and Sascha, born in 1970, and Fletcher, born in 1974). They adopted Vietnamese infants Lark Song and Summer Song ("Daisy") in 1973 and 1976, respectively, followed by the adoption of eight-year-old Soon-Yi from Korea around 1978. André and Mia divorced in 1979 but remained on good terms. Beginning around 1980, Farrow entered a twelve-year romantic relationship with film director Woody Allen, although they never married or lived together.
Together they adopted Moses "Misha" Farrow (born 1978, adopted 1980) and Dylan "Eliza" Farrow (born c. 1985, now called Malone). In 1987 Mia gave birth to Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow, now known as Ronan Seamus Farrow. During their relationship, Farrow starred in many of Allen's films, and several of their children also made appearances. Farrow and Allen separated after Farrow discovered a sexual relationship between Allen and Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi.
During the subsequent custody battle involving Farrow and Allen's three children, Farrow filed charges that Allen had abused their daughter Dylan, then seven years old. Allen has adamantly denied the charges. The charges were dropped to avoid subjecting the child to a court trial, although a judge called Allen's conduct "grossly inappropriate." Farrow ultimately won custody over the children. During the public fracas, Frank Sinatra contacted Farrow with an offer to have Allen's legs broken, a courtesy Farrow wrote of in her 1997 autobiography What Falls Away. Farrow has been estranged from Soon-Yi since Soon-Yi's 1997 marriage to Allen.
Farrow called the loss a "tragedy" in The Observer and remarked that "she's not coming back." Farrow said of Soon-Yi: "She was on the streets in Korea when she was captured and brought to the state orphanage. And in a way I can see from her perspective — a very limited perspective — that she's improved her situation. For a little orphan kid from Korea ... Perhaps she's not to be blamed." In a widely circulated quote, Soon-Yi dismissed Farrow as "no Mother Teresa." As a single mother, Farrow adopted six more children, including Gabriel Wilk Farrow, adopted in 1995 and named after Elliott Wilk, the judge who oversaw Farrow's 1993 legal battle with Allen.
Her adopted daughter Tam Farrow died in 2000 at the age of 21, following a long illness. Farrow splits her time between a SoHo loft in New York City and an estate in Bridgewater, Connecticut List of children With André Previn Matthew Phineas Previn (born 1970) Sascha Villiers Previn (born 1970) Fletcher Farrow Previn (born 1974) Adopted with Previn Soon-Yi Previn, (born in South Korea 8 October, 1970, adopted c. 1978) Lark Song Previn, (born in Vietnam 1973, adopted 1973) Summer Song Previn (also known as Daisy), (born in Vietnam c. 1975, adopted 1976) With Woody Allen Ronan Seamus Farrow (born 1987), (birth name Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow) Adopted with Allen Moses Amadeus Farrow (also known as Misha Farrow) (born 1978, adopted 1980) Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow (also known as Eliza Farrow, current name is Malone) Later adopted by Mia Farrow as a single mother Tam Farrow (1979 – 2000) Isaiah Justus Farrow (born c. 1991) Quincy Farrow (now known as Kaeli-Shea, adopted 1994) Frankie-Minh (born 1991, adopted 1995) Thaddeus W.
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