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The Celebrity Archaeology Podcast

May 13, 2018

The way they were! Woody Allen and Mia Farrow photographed in 1983. Although they had a 12 year relationship that began in 1980, the stars never married. They were tied by their work together in films, two adopted and one questionable biological child and a famous uncoupling. Be sure to get comfortable in your chair, as there are a lot of moving parts to this story! Many children Mia has been the mother to 14 children including four biological and ten adopted children. When she started to date Woody, she already had 7 children in her family including Korean orphan Soon-Yi Previn (adopted with second husband Andre Previn). In 1985, Mia and Allen adopted daughter Dylan together. To this day, Dylan maintains that Woody had sexually abused her as a child. He strongly denies the charges and he was cleared in court.  Satchel/Ronan Satchel (now named Ronan) was said to be the bioglogical child of Mia and Woody but a Vanity Fair interview in 2013 raised doubt. Mia said that Rowan "may possibly be Frank Sinatra's child, not Woody Allen's." She revealed that Frank was the greatest love of her life and they never really split up. A DNA test has never been performed to confirm or deny Ronan's paternity. Photos of Ronan and Sinatra side-by-side reveals an uncanny resemblance to Ol' Blue Eyes. Woody Woody Allen is famous as a filmmaker, writer, actor and former stand-up comedian. He began comedy writing for TV shows in the 1950's. In the late 70's he produced some of his best films, including Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and later, Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). He has won 4 Academy awards including three for best original screenplay and one for best director. He also has written a few Broadway plays including "Don't Drink The Water." and "Play It Again, Sam." Woody's Marriages Woody has been married three times. Harlen Rose (1956-1959) when he was seventeen, Actress Louise Lasser (1966-1970) and Soon-Yi Previn (1997-present). Soon-Yi The relationship with Soon-Yi Previn (Mia's adopted daughter) began in 1992. Mia found naked pictures of Soon-Yi in Allen's apartment. The revelation rocked Mia's family and Woody received very bad press as Soon-Yi -although not related to Allen-was considered a father figure in their household. Soon-Yi and Woody married in 1997 and they are still husband and wife. Their household includes two adopted children. Woody has said of the relationship, "I'm 35 years older and somehow, through no fault of mine, the dynamic works. ... I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished." Mia Mia Farrow had a Hollywood upbringing with her director/father John Farrow and actress/mother Maureen O' Sullivan of "Tarzan" fame. She was raised in a strict, large Catholic family. Mia has starred in over 50 films including 13 of Director Woody Allen's from 1982-1992. Marriages Mia's first husband was the legendary Frank Sinatra. She married him on July 19, 1966 when she was 21 and he was 50.  He handed her divorce papers and it was final in 1968. He wanted her to give up her career and she was just getting started. On September 10, 1970, Mia married London composer and conductor Andrew Previn. They divorced in 1979. Mia's Children Mia has been mother to 14 biological and adopted children. Three of the children are now deceased. Mia and her second husband Andre Previn became parents to biological twin boys in 1970.  Mia and Andre adopted Vietnamese orphan Lark and her younger sister Daisy in 1974. In 1974, Fletcher Previn-Mia's third biological child-was born. Soon-Yi Previn was adopted in 1978 from Korea just one year before her parents divorced. Moses was adopted in 1980 by Mia and later adopted by her companion Woody in 1991 as well. Mia adopted daughter Dylan in 1985 and Woody adopted her as well in 1991. Satchel, who later changed his name to Ronan, was thought to be the biological child of Mia and Woody but that is now a big question mark. Ronan, who is well-know in the TV news industry was the youngest graduate from Bard College at age 15 and later was named a Rhodes Scholar. In 1992, Mia had two more adoptions. A blind girl named Tan from Vietnam (who passed away in 2000) and Isaiah. In 1994, Quincy Farrow (who was born of a drug-addicted mother) joined the family. In 1995, Frankie, another blind child from Vietnam was added. Mia Quote

"I get it now; I didn't get it then, that life is about losing and about doing it as gracefully as possible...and enjoying everything in between."
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