Roman Polanski, Rosemary’s Baby, Sharon Tate

Roman Polanski
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Born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański
(1933-08-18) 18 August 1933 (age 84)
Paris, France
Citizenship Poland, France[1]

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish[2] film director, producer, writer, and actor. Since 1978, he has been a fugitive from the U.S. criminal justice system, having fled the country while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape.[3]

Polanski was born in Paris, and his Polish-Jewish parents moved the family back to Poland in 1937, when he was four. Two years later Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany and the USSR starting World War II during which Polanski spent the next six years of his childhood mostly on his own, trying to survive the ongoing Holocaust.

Polanski’s first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), was made in Poland and was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[4] He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two BAFTAs, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States and cemented his status by directing the horror film Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

A turning point in his life took place in 1969, when his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and four friends were brutally murdered by members of the Manson Family.[5] Following her death, Polanski returned to Europe and eventually continued directing. He made Macbeth (1971) in England and back in Hollywood, Chinatown (1974), which was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.[6]

In 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged with drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. He subsequently pled guilty to the lesser offence of unlawful sex with a minor.[7] After spending 42 days undergoing psychiatric evaluation in prison in preparation for sentencing, Polanski, who had expected to be put on probation, learned that the judge planned to imprison him, so he fled to Paris.[8]

In Europe, Polanski continued to make films, including Tess (1979), starring aspiring actress Nastassja Kinski. It won France’s César Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, and received three Oscars. He later produced and directed The Pianist (2002), a World War II true story drama about a Jewish-Polish musician, starring Adrien Brody and Emilia Fox. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also directed Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a “young boy attempting to triumph over adversity”.[9] He was awarded Best Director for The Ghost Writer (2010) at the 23rd European Film Awards.[10]

On May 3, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it was expelling him.[11]
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Rosemary’s Baby
is a 1968 American psychological horror film with supernatural horror elements written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast features Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy, Angela Dorian, Clay Tanner, and, in his feature film debut, Charles Grodin. The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals; but little does she know that it is not the cult she needs to worry about, it’s her baby.

Rosemary’s Baby earned almost universal acclaim from film critics and won numerous nominations and awards. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”[2]

Plot

In 1965, Guy and Rosemary Woodhouse move into the Bramford apartment building. Their friend Hutch tries to dissuade them from taking the apartment, informing them of the Bramford’s association with cannibalism and murder.

Rosemary meets a young woman, Terry Gionoffrio, a recovering drug addict whom Minnie and Roman Castevets took in from the street. As Rosemary admires a pendant necklace the Castevets gave to Terry, she notices its strange smell. Returning home one night, Guy and Rosemary find that Terry apparently threw herself to her death from the window of the Castevets’ seventh-floor apartment.

Rosemary and Guy are quickly befriended by the Castevets. Minnie gives Terry’s pendant to Rosemary, telling her it is a good luck charm and the odd smell is “tannis root”. Guy lands a role in a play when the actor who was originally cast inexplicably goes blind. Guy suggests to Rosemary that they have a baby.

On the night they plan to conceive, Minnie brings them individual cups of chocolate mousse. Rosemary passes out and experiences a dreamlike vision in which she is raped by a demonic presence in front of Guy, the Castevets, and other Bramford tenants, all of them naked. When she wakes, she finds scratches on her body. Guy tells her that he had sex with her while she was unconscious because he did not want to pass up the opportunity for her to conceive. Rosemary learns that she is pregnant and is due on June 28, 1966. She plans to receive obstetric care from Dr. Hill, who is recommended to her by her friend Elise. However, the Castevets insist she see their good friend, Dr. Abraham Sapirstein, who says that Minnie will make Rosemary a daily health drink.

For the first three months of her pregnancy, Rosemary suffers severe abdominal pains, loses weight, becomes unusually pale, and craves raw meat and chicken liver. When Hutch sees Rosemary’s gaunt appearance and hears that she is being fed tannis root, he is disturbed enough to do some research. Before he can tell Rosemary his findings, he falls into a coma. Rosemary tells Guy that she plans to see Dr. Hill, which angers Guy. However, the abdominal pains suddenly disappear.

Three months later, Hutch dies. Before dying he manages to briefly regain consciousness, directing his daughter to give Rosemary a book about witchcraft along with the cryptic message: “The name is an anagram“. Rosemary deduces that Roman Castevet is really Steven Marcato, the son of a former resident of the Bramford who was accused of being a Satanist. She suspects her elderly neighbors and Dr. Sapirstein are part of a witches’ coven with sinister designs for her baby, and that Guy is cooperating with them in exchange for help in advancing his acting career.

Rosemary becomes increasingly disturbed and shares her fears and suspicions with Dr. Hill, who, assuming she is delusional, calls Dr. Sapirstein and Guy. They tell her that if she cooperates, neither she nor the baby will be harmed. Rosemary goes into labor and is sedated by Dr. Sapirstein. When she wakes, she is told the baby has died, which she refuses to believe.

In the hall closet, Rosemary discovers a secret door leading into the Castevets’ apartment and hears a baby’s cries. She finds a congregation made up of the building’s tenants, as well as Dr. Sapirstein, gathered around her newborn son. It is remarked upon that the baby has “his father’s eyes,” to which Rosemary protests that the baby’s eyes are nothing like Guy’s.

It is then explained to Rosemary that Guy is not the child’s true father. Her newborn child, named Adrian, is actually the son of the Devil. Roman urges her to become a mother to her son, as the other women are too old. Guy attempts to calm a horrified Rosemary by explaining to her that they will be generously rewarded, and that they can conceive a second child that will truly be theirs. Rosemary spits in his face. Minnie tells Rosemary that she should be honored to be the woman chosen to bear a child for Satan. Initially reluctant, Rosemary goes to the cradle and gently rocks it, with a small smile on her face.
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Sharon Tate Polanski
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Publicity photo of Tate in Valley of the Dolls, 1967
Born Sharon Marie Tate
(1943-01-24)January 24, 1943
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died August 9, 1969(1969-08-09) (aged 26)
Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Multiple stab wounds

Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in films and was regularly featured in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. After receiving positive reviews for her comedic and dramatic acting performances, Tate was hailed as one of Hollywood‘s most promising newcomers.

She made her film debut in 1961 as a Patrician in the arena in Barrabas with Anthony Quinn. She was seen next in 1966 with the occult-themed Eye of the Devil. Her most remembered performance was as Jennifer North in the 1967 cult classic film, Valley of the Dolls, earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Tate’s last completed film, 12+1 was released posthumously in 1969, with the actress receiving top billing.[1][2]

On January 20, 1968, Tate married Roman Polanski, her director and co-star in 1967’s The Fearless Vampire Killers. On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.

A decade after Tate’s murder, the actress’ mother, Doris Tate, in response to the growing cult status of the killers and the possibility of them being granted parole, organized a public campaign that resulted in amendments to the California criminal law. Tate’s mother went on to say that the law would “help transform Sharon’s legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victims’ rights”. A book by Tate’s sister, Debra Tate,[3] titled Sharon Tate: Recollection, was released in 2014.[4]
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Mia Farrow
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Farrow at the 2012 Time 100
Born María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow
(1945-02-09) February 9, 1945 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California, U.S

María de Lourdes MiaVilliers Farrow (born February 9, 1945)[1][2] is an American actress, activist, and former fashion model. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place 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 Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She went on to appear in several films throughout the 1970s, such as Follow Me! (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), and Death on the Nile (1978).

Farrow was in a relationship with actor-director Woody Allen from 1980 to 1992 and appeared in thirteen of his fourteen films over that period, including Zelig (1983), Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Radio Days (1987), Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), Alice (1990), and Husbands and Wives (1992). Her later film roles include Widows’ Peak (1994), The Omen (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008), Dark Horse (2011), and Luc Besson‘s Arthur series (2006–2010).

Farrow has appeared in more than 50 films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award and three BAFTA Award nominations. Farrow is also known for her extensive work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She is involved in humanitarian activities in Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.[3]

Early life

Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the third child and eldest daughter of Australian film director John Farrow (John Villiers Farrow) and Irish actress Maureen O’Sullivan. Both Farrow’s mother and father were from Catholic families.[4] She is one of seven children, with older brothers Michael Damien (1939–1958), Patrick (1942–2009),[5] younger brother John Charles (born 1946); and younger sisters Prudence and actresses Stephanie and Tisa.[6]

Her eldest brother, Michael Farrow, died in a plane crash in 1958, at age 19;[7] Patrick, a sculptor, committed suicide in 2009.[8]

Farrow grew up in Beverly Hills, California, where she occasionally put on performances with “toy daggers and fake blood” for passing celebrity tour buses.[9] Aged two, she made her film debut in a short documentary, Unusual Occupations: Film Tot Holiday (1947).[10] She was raised as a Roman Catholic, and received her primary and high school education at a Catholic convent by nuns.[9][11] When she was nine, she contracted polio during an outbreak in Los Angeles reportedly affecting 500 people.[12] She was placed in an isolation ward for three weeks[13] and later said the experience “marked the end of my childhood”.[9]

Career

1963–1979


Farrow in Guns at Batasi (1964), her first credited screen appearance.

Farrow screen-tested for the role of Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music, but did not get the part.[14] The footage has been preserved, and appears on the fortieth Anniversary Edition DVD of The Sound of Music.[15] Farrow began her acting career by appearing in supporting roles in several 1960s films, making her first credited appearance in Guns at Batasi (1964). The same year, she achieved stardom on the popular primetime soap opera Peyton Place as naive, waif-like Allison MacKenzie.[16] Farrow left the series in 1966 at the urging of Frank Sinatra whom she married on July 19, 1966.[17][18] Before her acting career, Farrow worked as a fashion model for many years.[19]

Farrow’s 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. Her performance 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”. Film critic Roger Ebert called the film “brilliant”, and noted, “A great deal of the credit for this achievement must go to Mia Farrow, as Rosemary”.[20]

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 then quit the role, which was then given to Kim Darby.[21] Secret Ceremony divided critics, but has gone on to develop a devoted following. Farrow’s other late 1960s films include John and Mary, opposite Dustin Hoffman.[22]

In the 1970s, Farrow performed in several classical plays in London including Mary Rose, The Three Sisters, and Ivanov.[23] She became the first American actress to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.[24] During this time she appeared in several 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 appeared in director Robert Altman‘s cult classic A Wedding (1978). In 1977, she played the title role in The Haunting of Julia. Farrow appeared in several made-for-television films in the 1970s, most notably portraying the title role in a musical version of Peter Pan (1976). In 1979, she appeared on Broadway opposite Anthony Perkins in the play Romantic Comedy by Bernard Slade.

1980–present

“She’s a good actress, and in my opinion she’s actually underrated by Hollywood…So I always felt she didn’t get her just acclaim as an actress. I never had any problems with her as an actress, our problems were purely personal. Professionally, she was easy to work with. She was creative. She had good range, she could do broad comedy as well as very serious parts. As a performer I have only good things to say about her, and I always thought she was neglected in terms of her approbation.”

Woody Allen[25]:271


Farrow in 1980

In the 1980s and early 1990s, 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 Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days and Alice (1990). Farrow played Alura, mother of Kara (Helen Slater), in Supergirl (1984) and voiced the title role in the animated film The Last Unicorn (1982). She narrated several of the animated Stories to Remember. Allen said that the way she played her character in Broadway Danny Rose was a “very, very brave thing for her to do,” as she had to play her role without ever using her eyes.[25]:147

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 films, including the Irish film Widows’ Peak (1994), Miami Rhapsody (1995) and Reckless (also 1995). She appeared in several independent features and made-for-television films throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s and wrote an autobiography, What Falls Away, in 1997.[26]

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.”[27] Filmcritic.com added “it is Farrow who steals the show”,[28] 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.”[29] She 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 Invisibles. In 2008, in director Michel Gondry‘s Be Kind Rewind, she appeared opposite Jack Black, Mos Def and Danny Glover. In 2011, Farrow appeared in the film Dark Horse, directed by Todd Solondz.[30][31]

In September 2014, Farrow returned to Broadway in the play Love Letters. The play was well received by critics[32] with the New York Times calling Farrow’s performance “utterly extraordinary… as the flighty, unstable and writing-averse Melissa Gardner.”[33]

Activism and politics


Farrow during a visit to Central African Republic

Farrow became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2000 and is a high-profile advocate for human rights in Africa, particularly for children’s rights. She has worked to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict-affected regions and to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio.[24] Farrow has received several awards for her humanitarian work[34][35] including the Leon Sullivan International Service award,[36] the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award[37] and the Marion Anderson Award.[38] She has set up a campaigning website, miafarrow.org. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.[39][40]


Farrow in 2008

In 2007, Farrow co-founded the Olympic Dream for Darfur campaign, which drew attention to China’s support for the government of Sudan. The campaign hoped to change China’s policy by embarrassing it in the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing. In March 2007, China said it would urge Sudan to engage with the international community. The campaign persuaded Steven Spielberg to withdraw as an artistic adviser to the opening ceremony. During the Olympics, Farrow televised via the internet from a Sudanese refugee camp to highlight China’s involvement in the region.[41]

Farrow and her son Ronan visited 2006 Berlin to be part of a charity auction of United Buddy Bears,[42] which feature designs by artists representing 142 U.N. member states.[43]

She has traveled to Darfur several times. Her third trip was in 2007, with a film crew engaged in making the documentary Darfur: On Our Watch.[44] Later in 2007, Farrow offered to “trade her freedom” for the freedom of a humanitarian worker for the Sudan Liberation Army who was being treated in a UN hospital while under threat of arrest. She wanted to be taken captive in exchange for his being allowed to leave the country.[45] Farrow is also a board member of the Washington, D.C. based non-profit Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG).[46]

In 2009, Farrow narrated a documentary, As We Forgive, relating the struggle of many of the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide to forgive those who murdered family and friends.[47] To show “solidarity with the people of Darfur” Farrow began a water-only fast on April 27.[48] Farrow’s goal was to fast for three weeks, but she called a halt after twelve days on the advice of her doctor.[49]

In August 2010, Farrow testified in the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the Special Court for Sierra Leone.[50]

Farrow has been an activist against Chevron, accusing the oil company of environmental damage in the South American rainforest.[51]

Farrow helped build The Darfur Archives, which document the cultural traditions of the tribes of Darfur.[52] She has filmed some 40 hours of songs, dances, children’s stories, farming methods and accounts of genocide in the region’s refugee camps that make up the current archives.[53] Since 2011 the Archives have been housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.[54]

In February 2015 Farrow appeared in an episode of A Path Appears, a PBS documentary series from the creators of the Half the Sky movement. In the episode Farrow travels to Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, to share stories from organizations providing education to at-risk girls.[55][56]

In the 2016 Democratic presidential election, Farrow endorsed Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders.[57][58]

Personal life

In February 1968, Farrow traveled to India, where she spent part of the year at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, studying Transcendental Meditation.[59] 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“.[60][61]

Though she has been critical of the Roman Catholic Church (notably in the Pope’s failure to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda, a predominantly Catholic country), she maintained in a 2013 interview with Piers Morgan that she had not “lost her faith in God”.[62] Since the 1990s, Farrow has resided at Frog Hollow farm, a farm in Bridgewater, Connecticut.[63][64]

Relationships and family

On July 19, 1966, Farrow married singer Frank Sinatra at the Las Vegas home of Jack Entratter.[65][66] Farrow was 21 years old, Sinatra 50.[16] Sinatra wanted Farrow to give up her acting career, which she initially agreed to do.[65] She accompanied Sinatra while he was shooting several films, but soon tired of doing nothing and signed on to star in Rosemary’s Baby. Filming of Rosemary’s Baby ran over its initial schedule, which angered Sinatra, who had cast Farrow in a role in his film The Detective. After Farrow failed to report for filming, Sinatra cast actress Jacqueline Bisset in Farrow’s role.[67] In November 1967, while Farrow was filming Rosemary’s Baby, Sinatra’s lawyer served her with divorce papers.[68] Their divorce was finalized in August 1968.[69] Farrow later blamed the demise of the marriage on their age difference, and said she was an “impossibly immature teenager” when she married Sinatra.[70][71] The two remained friends until Sinatra’s death.[68]

On September 10, 1970, Farrow married conductor and composer André Previn in London; she was 25 and he was 41.[72] Farrow had begun a relationship with Previn while he was still married to his second wife, songwriter Dory Previn. When Farrow became pregnant, Previn left Dory and filed for divorce. Farrow gave birth to twin sons in February 1970,[73] and Previn’s divorce from Dory became final in July 1970.[74] Dory Previn later wrote a scathing song, titled “Beware of Young Girls”, about the loss of her husband to Farrow.[75] Previn and Farrow divorced in 1979.[14]

In 1979, Farrow began a relationship with film director Woody Allen.[76][77] During their relationship, Farrow starred in some of Allen’s films, and several of her relatives also made appearances.[77] Their relationship ended in 1992, when Allen began having an intimate relationship with Soon-Yi, her adopted daughter who was 22 years old at the time.[78]

Children

As of September 2016, Farrow had 11 living children (four biological, seven adopted), including her adopted daughter Soon-Yi and adopted son Moses, from whom she is estranged. Three of her adopted children, Tam, Lark, and Thaddeus, are deceased.[79]

Farrow and former husband André Previn have three biological children: twins Matthew and Sascha (born February 26, 1970),[80] and Fletcher (born March 14, 1974),[81] who became the chief information officer of IBM.[82] In 1973 and 1976, respectively, they adopted Vietnamese infants Lark Song Previn and Summer “Daisy” Song Previn,[83] followed by the adoption of Soon-Yi from Korea around 1978. Soon-Yi’s precise age and birth date are not known, but a bone scan estimated her age as between 5 and 7 at the time of her adoption.[84]

In 1980, following her divorce from Previn, Farrow as a single mother adopted Moses Farrow, a two-year-old Korean orphan with cerebral palsy.[85] In 1985, Farrow adopted Dylan Farrow (born July 1985, adopted at two weeks old).[86] Dylan was known as “Eliza” for a while and also as “Malone”.[87][88] In December 1991 a New York City court allowed Woody Allen to co-adopt Dylan and Moses.[89]

On December 19, 1987,[90] Farrow gave birth to their son[91] Satchel O’Sullivan Farrow,[92] later known as Ronan Farrow. In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Farrow stated Ronan could “possibly” be the biological child of Frank Sinatra, with whom she claimed to have “never really split up”.[93] In a 2015 CBS Sunday Morning interview, Sinatra’s daughter Nancy dismissed the idea that her father is also the biological father of Ronan Farrow, calling it “nonsense.” She said that her children were affected by the rumor because they were being questioned about it. “I was kind of cranky with Mia for even saying ‘possibly,’ she added. “I was cranky with her for saying that because she knew better, you know, she really did. But she was making a joke! And it was taken very serious and was just silly, stupid.”[94]

Between 1992 and 1995, Farrow adopted five more children: Tam Farrow; Kaeli-Shea Farrow, later known as Quincy Maureen Farrow; Frankie-Minh; Isaiah Justus; Gabriel Wilk Farrow, later known as Thaddeus Wilk Farrow[95] and named after Elliott Wilk, the judge who oversaw Farrow’s 1993 legal battle with Allen.[96] Tam Farrow died of heart failure in 2000 at the age of 19 after a long illness.[97] In May 2018, Moses Farrow made claims on his own blog that Tam had actually died from an overdose of pills, after a lifelong battle with depression.[98] On December 25, 2008, Lark Previn died at the age of 35, also after a long illness.[99] Moses Farrow states that Lark’s death was due to AIDS-related illness, following a long battle with addiction.[100] On September 21, 2016, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow was found dead at the age of 27 after an apparent car crash.[79] The Connecticut state medical examiner later ruled the death a suicide after an autopsy revealed that Thaddeus had shot himself in the torso.[101]

On January 13, 1992, Mia Farrow discovered that Woody Allen had been having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, and ended her own relationship with Allen.

Sexual abuse allegations against Allen

Farrow said that on August 4, 1992, Dylan Farrow, then aged seven, told Farrow that she had been sexually abused by Allen in their Connecticut home earlier that day. Farrow reported this to their pediatrician, who reported the allegations to authorities. Allen was informed of the accusations on August 6. A week later, on August 13, Allen sued for full custody of his biological son, Satchel, and two of Farrow’s adopted children, Dylan and Moses, with whom Allen had assumed a parental role.[102][103]

In March 1993, the lead doctor of Yale–New Haven Hospital Child Sexual Abuse Clinic’s investigation into the allegations, Dr. John Leventhal, gave sworn testimony via a deposition[104] that, in his opinion, 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.[105] The doctor did not meet with Dylan before giving his testimony, and instead delivered his findings based on interviews conducted by others.[102]

The team’s findings were criticized by the presiding judge, and later by other experts in the field, who found their behavior unusual for making conclusive statements about innocence and guilt, instead of reporting on behavior, for refusing to testify in court when asked, and for destroying all their notes.[106] Justice Wilk stated that the investigating team’s behavior had “resulted in a report which was sanitized and, therefore, less credible” and that its recommendations and statements had “exceed[ed] its mandate”. He concluded, “I am less certain, however, than is the Yale-New Haven team, that the evidence proves conclusively that there was no sexual abuse.”[103]

In his final decision, in June 1993, Justice Wilk stated that he found “no credible evidence to support Mr. Allen’s contention that Ms. Farrow coached Dylan or that Ms. Farrow acted upon a desire for revenge against him for seducing Soon-Yi. Mr. Allen’s resort to the stereotypical ‘woman scorned’ defense is an injudicious attempt to divert attention from his failure to act as a responsible parent and adult.”[102] He rejected Allen’s bid for full custody and denied him visitation rights with Dylan, stating that even though the full truth of the allegations may never be known, “the credible testimony of Ms. Farrow, Dr. Coates, Dr. Leventhal and Mr. Allen does, however, prove that Mr. Allen’s behavior toward Dylan was grossly inappropriate and that measures must be taken to protect her”.[103]

In September 1993, the state’s attorney, Frank Maco, announced he would not pursue Allen in court for the molestation allegations, despite having “probable cause”, citing his and Farrow’s desire not to traumatize Dylan further.[107]

In February 2014, Dylan Farrow publicly renewed her claims of sexual abuse against Allen, in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, a friend of Farrow, in his New York Times blog.[108][109][110] Allen repeated his denial of the allegations.[111][112]

In 2013, Moses Farrow claimed that Mia had physically abused him. Moses also asserted that Farrow had coached her children into believing stories she made up about Allen.[113][114] In May 2018, he wrote a blog post protesting his father’s innocence, stating that, “I feel that I can no longer stay silent as he continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit.”[115]

Filmography

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