Renowned horror icon and screen legend Mia Farrow — best known for her chilling performance in the 1968 classic “Rosemary’s Baby” and for captivating roles in “The Great Gatsby” (1974) and “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) — discusses her amazing career, shares behind-the-scenes stories and answers fan questions at her incredibly special 2019 Fan Expo Canada Q&A panel in Toronto.
María de Lourdes Villiers “Mia” Farrow (born February 9th, 1945) is an American actress, activist and former fashion model. 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, which includes 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.
After working as a fashion model during her teenage years, she first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place (1964–1966). Her feature film debut in Guns at Batasi (1964) earned her a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, and she gained further recognition for her subsequent two-year marriage to Frank Sinatra, whom she married at age 21. Farrow’s portrayal of Rosemary Woodhouse in the horror film Rosemary’s Baby (1968) saw her nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She earned a third Golden Globe nomination for her role in John and Mary (1969).
In 1971, Farrow became the first American actress in history to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing as Joan of Arc in a production of Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher. This was followed by stage productions of Mary Rose (1972), Three Sisters (1973), and Ivanov (1976). Farrow also starred in several films throughout the 1970s, notably as Daisy Buchanan in the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and Robert Altman’s comedy A Wedding (1978).
Farrow began a relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen in 1979, and over a decade-long period starred in 13 of his films, beginning with A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982). She received numerous critical accolades for her performances in several of Allen’s films, including Golden Globe Award nominations for Broadway Danny Rose (1984), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and Alice (1990), as well as a BAFTA nomination for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Since the 2000s, Farrow has made occasional appearances on television, such as a recurring role on Third Watch (2001–2003), and had supporting parts in such films as The Omen (2006), Be Kind Rewind (2008), and Dark Horse (2011). She has also dedicated significant periods to raising her multiple adoptive and biological children, as well as participating in humanitarian efforts abroad, specifically regarding human rights in African countries.
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