American actress and long-time Woody Allen muse, Mia Farrow was the third of seven children born to film star Maureen O’Sullivan and director John Farrow. She enjoyed the usual pampered Hollywood kid lifestyle until she fell victim to polio at the age of nine; her struggle to recover from this illness was the first of many instances in which the seemingly frail Farrow exhibited a will of iron.
Educated in an English convent school, Farrow returned to California with plans to take up acting. With precious little prior experience that included a bit part in her father’s 1959 film John Paul Jones, she debuted on Broadway in a 1963 revival of The Importance of Being Earnest. The following year, she was cast as Alison McKenzie in the nighttime TV soap opera Peyton Place, which made her an idol of the American teen set. That people over the age of 18 were also interested in Farrow was proven in the summer of 1965, when she became the third wife of singer Frank Sinatra, 30… read more