Mia Farrow Had 15 Children Although Two Have Died, Mia Farrow (born Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow; February 9, 1945) is an American actress, singer, humanitarian, and former fashion model.
Farrow first gained wide acclaim for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the soap opera Peyton Place (1964-1969) and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. An early film role, as Rosemary in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968), saw her nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She went on to appear in films such as John and Mary (1969), Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Death on the Nile (1978).
Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra on July 19, 1966. 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 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, studying Transcendental Meditation. Her visit received worldwide media attention because of the presence of all four members of The 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 the conductor/composer André Previn. His former wife, songwriter Dory Previn, blamed Farrow for the end of her relationship with Previn and wrote a scathing song, entitled “Beware of Young Girls”, about the incident. Farrow and Previn had three biological children (twins Matthew and Sascha, born February 26, 1970, and Fletcher, born March 14, 1974). In 1973 and 1976, respectively, they adopted Vietnamese infants Lark Song and Summer “Daisy” Song (born October 6, 1974), followed by the adoption of Soon-Yi (born c. October 8, 1972) from Korea around 1978. Soon-Yi’s precise age and birth date are not known, but a bone scan estimated her age as being between 5 and 7 years old at the time of her adoption. André and Mia divorced in 1979. Lark died on Christmas Day of 2008.
In 1980, Farrow began seeing film director Woody Allen. Together they adopted Moses “Misha” Farrow (born January 27, 1978, adopted 1980) and Dylan “Eliza” Farrow (born July 11, 1985, now called Malone). On December 19, 1987, Mia gave birth to Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow, now known as Ronan Farrow. During their relationship, Farrow starred in many of Allen’s films, and several of their children also made appearances.
Farrow and Allen parted after Farrow discovered a sexual relationship between Allen and Soon-Yi. During the subsequent custody battle involving Farrow’s and Allen’s three children, Farrow filed charges that Allen had molested their daughter Dylan, then seven years old. Allen has adamantly denied the charges. A doctor concluded that Dylan “either invented the story under the stress of living in a volatile and unhealthy home or that it was planted in her mind by her mother” because of the inconsistent presentation of the story by Dylan. In September 1993, Connecticut State Attorney Frank Maco announced that, while he had “probable cause” to prosecute Allen on charges of sexual molestation of Dylan, he was dropping the case to spare her the trauma of appearing in court. Farrow has been estranged from Soon-Yi since Soon-Yi’s 1997 marriage to Allen.
Between 1992 and 1995, Farrow adopted 6 more children: Tam Farrow (born 1979); Quincy Farrow, now known as Kaeli-Shea Farrow; Frankie-Minh (born 1991); Isaiah Justus (born 1992); Thaddeus Wilk Farrow (born 1988); and 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 of heart failure in 2000 at the age of 19. On Christmas Day 2008, her adopted daughter Lark Previn died after a long illness.
As of March 2012, Mia Farrow has thirteen living children (four biological, and 11 adopted of which two are deceased), and nine grandchildren.