Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BEAUTY ICON: MIA FARROW


Mia Farrow (born 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, and for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. An early film role, as the woman pregnant with Satan's baby in 1968's Rosemary's Baby, saw her portrayal nominated for many awards.

Farrow has appeared in more than 45 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 known for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She is involved in humanitarian activities in DarfurChad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.


Early life
Farrow was born as María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Australian film director John Farrowand Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan. She was raised Roman Catholic. Her sisters are Prudence and actresses Stephanie and Tisa. She has three brothers: Michael Damien (1939–1958), Patrick Joseph (1942–2009) and John Charles (born 1946).


Career
She grew up in Beverly Hills, California, and often traveled with her parents as they worked on 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 modelling the latest fashions for families. When she was nine she came down with polio but eventually recovered.

Farrow screen-tested for the role of Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, but did not get the part. The 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 first husband Frank Sinatra.




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.
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. While filming, Mitchum told her about True Grit director Henry Hathaway having a reputation for being rude to actresses. Farrow asked producer Hal Wallis to replace Hathaway, Wallis refused. Farrow quit the role which was then 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 thriller See No Evil (1971), French director Claude Chabrol's Docteur Popaul (1972) and The Great Gatsby(1974), in which Farrow played Daisy Buchanan. She also appeared in director Robert Altman's cult classic A Wedding (1978). In 1977, she played the title role in The Haunting of Julia. Farrow also appeared in a number of made-for-television films in the 1970s, most notably portraying the title role in a musical version of Peter Pan (1976). 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 films during this period, including leading roles in ZeligBroadway Danny RoseThe Purple Rose of CairoHannah and Her Sisters (playing the principal title role), Radio Days and Alice (1990), again as the title character. Farrow also played Alura, mother of Kara (Helen Slater), in Supergirl (1984) and voiced the title role in the animated film The Last Unicorn (1982). She also narrated several of the animated Stories to Remember.

Citing the need to devote herself to raising her young children, Farrow worked less frequently during the 1990s. Nonetheless, she appeared in leading roles in several notable films, including the Irish film Widows' Peak (1994), Miami Rhapsody (1995) and Reckless (also 1995). 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 appeared as Mrs. Baylock, the Satanic nanny, in the remake of The Omen (2006). Although 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 worked on several films released in 2007, including the romantic comedy The Ex and the first part of director Luc Besson's trilogy of fantasy films, Arthur and the InvisiblesIn 2008, in director Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, she appeared opposite Jack BlackMos Def and Danny Glover.

In 2011, Farrow worked in the film Dark Horse, directed by Todd Solondz. The film will be shown at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011, as well as the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival the same month.


Activism and Afric

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 his being allowed to leave the country.
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 eradicatepolio, 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. Farrow visited 2006 Berlin to be part of a charity auction of United Buddy Bears, which feature designs by artists representing 142 U.N. member states.


Farrow in 2008

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 2008 Summer Olympics 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 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 family and friends. The documentary has been completed and is titled As We Forgive.
Farrow has set up her own website, 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.
The International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on March 4, 2009, after which Sudan expelled 13 international aid agencies from Darfur. To raise awareness of this situation, Farrow began a water-only fast on April 27. Farrow's goal was to fast for three weeks. On May 8, after 12 days of fasting, she called a halt to the fast due to a downturn in her health.
In 2008, Farrow received three awards: the France Legion of Arts and Lettres award, the Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people"; and the Tiannamen Square Award.
In 2009, Farrow was the recipient of the Leon Sullivan International Service award. She testified in the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor in August 2010.
Personal life
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 RishikeshUttarakhand, studying Transcendental Meditation. Her visit received worldwide media attention because of the presence of all four members of The BeatlesDonovan, 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 incidentFarrow 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 her adopted daughter Soon-Yi.  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 and nine grandchildren.

Trivia
Daughter of John Farrow and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Was on the first cover of People Magazine.
Auditoned for the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music (1965).
The first American actress to be accepted as a member of London's prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her godparents were gossip columnist Louella Parsons and famed director George Cukor.
Mia and her family live in huge rent-controlled apartment building right next door to Manhattan's legendary Dakota apartment house, which starred as the devilish locale in Rosemary's Baby (1968). Dakota is also the building where her friend, John Lennon, lived and in front of which he was shot to death.
She is a UNICEF Special Representative.
Was one of the bridesmaids when Liza Minnelli married David Gest in a lavish ceremony on March 16, 2002. Farrow and Minnelli have been friends since childhood.
Contracted Polio at the age of nine.
Is of Irish extraction from her mother's side.
Is portrayed by Nina Siemaszko in Sinatra (1992) (TV) and by Patsy Kensit in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) (TV).

She and Woody Allen made 13 movies together: Broadway Danny Rose (1984), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Hannah and Her Sisters(1986), Alice (1990), Another Woman (1988), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), September (1987), Husbands and Wives (1992), A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982), New York Stories (1989), Radio Days (1987), Shadows and Fog (1991) and Zelig (1983).Returned to the New York stage in September 2005 to appear off-Broadway in the play, "Fran's Bed." Mia Farrow's performance was widely praised by NY critics.
Was featured on People's first published issue, March 4, 1974.

In February of 2007 - as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador - she toured the Central African Republic and Chad for a week each. Her goal was to bring worldwide attention to those impoverished African countries.



Turned down the role of Mattie Ross in the 1969 now classic True Grit (1969) opposite John Wayne, a decision she now cites as the worst mistake she has made in her career.
When Farrow first met husband-to-be Frank Sinatra in 1964, she was 19 and he 48, a fact that prompted Dean Martin to quip that he owned a bottle of Scotch older than Farrow.
At one time, was scheduled to star in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) with Geneviève Bujold. The film was eventually made with Glenda Jacksonand Vanessa Redgrave in the leads..
In 2008, she was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.
At one time, was scheduled to star in Thelma & Louise (1991) as Thelma, with Jane Fonda as Louise. But two writers' strikes, one in 1981 and another in 1988 left the project into development hell. The film was eventually made with Geena Davis as Thelma and Susan Sarandon as Louise, and became a box office success.
Has been an advocate for action to stop the genocide in Darfur. She asked Steven Spielberg to quit his planned direction of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, due to China's strong support for the Sudanese government; Mr. Spielberg did walk away from the assignment after discussing the issue with Farrow.
In March, 2011, was among those listed in Newsweek Magazine's 'Women Who Shake the World'.

Personal Quotes
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.
I wondered if, after all the things I'd been through, could I really act again?
I want a big career, a big man and a big life. You have to think big - that's the only way to get it ... I just couldn't stand being anonymous. - in 1965
As a young actress on her slender, waifish figure, "I'm kind of 20-20-20."
I don't like to talk about acting. I don't analyze it.
I love Lindt. Dark chocolate is such a delicious indulgence.
I don't think you can be a Catholic without an accompanying measure of guilt.
I think it was a difficult place for children. Beverly Hills was a one-business town, and the movie-making community was very clique-ish. You didn't really meet people outside that circle - except when they were employed by your parents: lawyers, or a gardener. Things that you might have wanted to do, you saw them as, in a way, in service. It was limiting in the way that role models were presented to children, and when people sort of became aware of how special our circumstances were, it also began to dawn on them that: how could they possibly sustain this themselves?
And I have the most wonderful children. I've been very, very blessed.

If I seem to be running, it's because I'm pursued.
I have no life. This is my life. So while it may be that I'm only an actress and it may be that I'm an idiot in many aspects - but no more so than half the population - I have earned some stripes, if hours of study count. Yes, I am a celebrity, so take it with a grain. But I'm also a messenger. I'm also a witness. - The Guardian 3/July/2008
Natasha is irreplaceable. I cannot think of anyone kinder, more generous, thoughtful, smarter or more fun. She is the godmother of two of my children. The Neesons and Vanessa Redgrave have always made me feel a part of their wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. (on Natasha Richardson's tragic death.)
I'm just an actress, ... I'm not presuming anybody will care whether I starve to death or whether I go on a long hunger strike or what. But it's a personal matter.
On her life as a "Rat Pack Wife" during her marriage to Frank Sinatra: "The women, who didn't seem to mind being referred to as 'broads', sat up straight with their legs crossed and little expectant smiles on their oh-so-carefully made-up faces They sipped white wine, smoked, and eyed the men, laughing at every joke...A long time would pass before any of the women dared to speak then, under the main male table conversation, they talked about their cats, or where they had bought their clothes; but more than half an ear was always with the men, just in case. As hours passed, the women, neglected in their chairs, drooped; no longer listening, no longer laughing".
[Note to Robert Evans during the casting of 'The Great Gatsby'] Dear Bob, May I be your Daisy?


Mykie's Note:

Mia Farrow has been as long as i can remember someone I am fascinated with. I remember watching Rosemary's Baby when i was  just a kid, I know i shouldn't have been able to watch it, but my mom was kinda 
lenient with me even back then..A bowl of popcorn and a late show on a Monday night...Those where the days!

I remember watching and thinking who is this waif, this fragile being that seemed too long for something I was way to young to understand, yet I could feel it from of the TV set. I was in awe, watching this woman spiral lower into the depths of madness. To this day Rosemary's Baby is one of my Top ten all time favorite films ever, and I am happy to say that Mia has 2 other films that make that list as well, The Haunting Of Julia, and See No Evil, Both brilliantly acted.  And What A beauty she was, and still is.........From her Iconic Vidal Sassoon Pixie to her humanitarian work, she is beautiful throughout her entire being. One of her films in mt top 20 all time faves is ALICE, I cherish this film, I would like to think that the roll she played was the closet to her actual self. She's who I would like to be like when I grow up. Talent, wisdom, strength and grace.....

P.s. Mia If by chance you read this, as I do post on twitter and your on twitter, if any of this  is incorrect please let me know, I will correct or remove.....thanks! xoxox

So here is my selected filmography of Mia Farrow's films, she has an amazing body of work, but I am listing just my personal favorites!

1968- Rosemary's Baby
           A Dandy In Aspic
1969- John and Mary
1971- See No Evil
1977- The Haunting Of Julia
           A Wedding
1978- Death On The Nile
1984- Broadway Danny Rose
1985- The Purple Rose Of Cairo
1986- Hannah and Her Sisters
1987- September
1990- ALICE
1992- Husbands And Wives
1994- Widows Peak
1995- Reckless
2011- Dark Horse

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