Mia Farrow and Woody Allen Timeline

March 15, 1956

Allen (20) marries Harlene Rosen (17).*

Allen and Rosen separate.*

February 2, 1966

Louise Lasser (27) and Woody Allen (31) marry.*

July 19, 1966

Frank Sinatra (50) and Mia Farrow (21) marry.*

Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra divorce due to embarrassing (for Sinatra) scheduling conflicts between The Detective (a film in which Farrow and Sinatra were to co-star) and Rosemary’s Baby.*

Lasser and Allen (34) divorce. Diane Keaton (23) moves into Allen’s New York apartment.*

October 6, 1969
Allen’s Take the Money and Run released.*

February 26, 1970
Matthew Phineas and Sascha Previn are born.*
[Running child tally: 2]

September 10, 1970

Mia Farrow (25) and André Previn (41) marry.*

December 31, 1970
Allen’s Bananas released.*

Allen and Keaton separate, but continue an intermittent relationship.*


Director Richard Fleischer and Mia Farrow hold her twin sons, Matthew Phineas and Sascha Villiers, on a break from filming Blind Terror*

December 31, 1971
Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) released.*

February 15, 1973
Lark Song Previn is born and adopted the same year.*
[Running child tally: 3]


Mia Farrow, Lark Previn, and André Previn*

December 17, 1973
Allen’s Sleeper released.*

March 14, 1974.
Fletcher Previn is born.* [Running child tally: 4]

October 6, 1974
Summer “Daisy” Previn is born.*
[Running child tally: 5]

January 1, 1975
Allen’s Love and Death released.*

January 1, 1977
Allen’s Annie Hall released.*

Born in Korea in either 1970 or 1972, Soon-Yi is adopted by André Previn and Mia Farrow. [Running child tally: 6]

August 2, 1978
Allen’s Interiors released.*

January 1, 1979
Allen’s Manhattan released.*

January 31, 1979
Mia Farrow and André Previn divorce.*

Fall 1979
Mia Farrow (34) and Woody Allen (43) meet.*

January 1, 1980
Allen’s Stardust Memories released.*

Farrow and Allen begin dating.* They date for over a decade, but live separately on opposite sides of Central Park.*

January 1, 1982
Allen’s A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy released, featuring Farrow.*

July 17, 1983
Allen’s, Zelig released, featuring Farrow.*

January 1, 1984
Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose released, featuring Farrow.*

December 31, 1984

Mia Farrow with (back row L-R) Matthew, Sascha, Soon-Yi; (front row L-R) Daisy, Fletcher, Moses and Lark; on their way to New Year’s Eve Mass.

October 10, 1985

July 1985
Mia Farrow adopts 2-week-old Dylan/Malone/Eliza Farrow.**
[Running child tally: 7]

Mar 1, 1985
Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo released, featuring Farrow.*

Allen, Mia Farrow, and Soon-Yi (14 to 16 years old) in 1986*

February 7, 1986
Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters released, featuring Farrow.*

April 14, 1986
Interview with Maureen O’Sullivan where she expresses no ill will toward or misgivings about Woody Allen.*

December 16, 1986

Frank Sinatra and the Peter Duchin Orchestra performance at Carnegie Hall

January 30, 1987
Allen’s Radio Days and September released, both featuring Farrow.*

March 1987
Ronan Farrow is conceived. Mia Farrow, in 2013, says that Ronan Farrow is “possibly” Frank Sinatra’s son and that she and Frank Sinatra “never really split up.”* Sinatra biographer James Kaplan says that, at that time, “Sinatra was incapacitated and impotent following a major abdominal surgery three months earlier that involved removal of 12 feet of intestine.”* However, Sinatra biographer John Frayn Turner writes that Sinatra was well enough to perform at Carnegie hall in December of 1986 and that, by April of 1987, Sinatra was, “back on the road, as if the surgery had never happened.”* Sinatra’s daughter Tina maintains that Frank Sinatra had a vasectomy years before Ronan’s birth.*

Frank Sinatra, Ronan Farrow, and Woody Allen

Frank Sinatra and Matthew Previn

December 19, 1987
Satchel Ronan Seamus O’Sullivan Farrow born.**
[Running child tally: 8]

November 4, 1988
Allen’s Another Woman released, featuring Farrow.*

March 12, 1989
Allen’s Oedipus Wrecks (the third vignette in New York Stories) released, featuring Farrow.*

October 13, 1989
Crimes and Misdemeanors released, featuring Farrow.*

Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn (17 to 19 years old), Lark Previn, Woody Allen, and Dylan at Heathrow Airport in 1989*

June – Fall, 1990
From Judge Wilk’s June 7, 1993 Report:

In June 1990, the parties became concerned with Satchel’s behavior and took him to see Dr. Coates, with whom he then began treatment. At Dr. Coates’ request, both parents participated in Satchel’s treatment. In the fall of 1990, the parties asked Dr. Coates to evaluate Dylan to determine if she needed therapy. During the course of the evaluation, Ms. Farrow expressed her concern to Dr. Coates that Mr. Allen’s behavior with Dylan was not appropriate. Dr. Coates observed: “I understood why she was worried, because it [Mr. Allen’s relationship with Dylan] was intense, … I did not see it as sexual, but I saw it as inappropriately intense because it excluded everybody else, and it placed a demand on a child for a kind of acknowledgment that I felt should not be placed on a child …*

December 25, 1990
Allen’s Alice released, featuring Farrow.*

February 22, 1991
Paul Mazursky’s Scenes from a Mall released, featuring Allen.* Mia and Soon-Yi were frequently on set.*

April 1991
Dylan (5) is referred to Dr. Nancy Schultz, a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of young children with serious emotional problems.*

June 12, 1991

Soon-Yi Previn and Mia Farrow outside Farrow’s apartment in New York City

Summer 1991
Kristi Groteke takes a position as nanny for Mia Farrow at her home, Frog Hollow, in Bridgewater, Connecticut.

December 1991
Allen adopts Mia Farrow’s son Moses (13) and Dylan/Malone/Eliza (7).* Farrow tells a court that Allen is a “loving, caring, attentive parent, far more of a father than most natural fathers are or choose to be.”**

December 1991
According to Allen, he and Soon-Yi (19-21 years old) begin affair.*

~January 1992
Isaiah Justus Farrow born.* [Running child tally: 9]

January 13, 1992
Mia Farrow discovers nude photos in Allen’s apartment that he has taken of Soon-Yi.* Farrow confronts Soon-Yi to confirm the affair and then tells all but the youngest children what she has learned.* Allen claims the photos were taken the day prior.*

January 18/19, 1992
From Judge Wilk’s June 7, 1993 Report:

When Soon-Yi referred to her sexual relationship with Mr. Allen, Ms. Farrow hit her on the side of the face and on the shoulders. Ms. Farrow also told her older children what she had learned.*

Late January 1992
Mia contacts her lawyer Paul Martin Weltz to discuss overturning Allen’s adoptions from December.*

From Judge Wilk’s Report:

[B]oth parties retained counsel and attempted to negotiate a settlement of their differences. In an effort to pacify Ms. Farrow, Mr. Allen told her that he was no longer seeing Soon-Yi. This was untrue. A temporary arrangement enabled Mr. Allen to visit regularly with Dylan and Satchel but they were not permitted to visit at his residence. In addition, Ms. Farrow asked for his assurance that he would not seek custody of Moses, Dylan or Satchel.*

February 1992
Mia Farrow adopts Tam Farrow. [Running child tally: 10]

February 3, 1992
From Judge Wilk’s Report:

[B]oth parties signed documents in which it was agreed that Mr. Allen would waive custodial rights to Moses, Dylan and Satchel if Ms. Farrow predeceased him. On the same day, Mr. Allen signed a second document, which he did not reveal to Ms. Farrow, in which he disavowed the waiver, claiming that it was a product of duress and coercion and stating that “I have no intention of abiding by it and have been advised that it will not hold up legally and that at worst I can revoke it unilaterally at will.*

February 14, 1992

Valentine sent from Mia Farrow to Woody Allen*

March 11, 1992
Mia has Soon-Yi, Moses, Dylan, Satchel, Isaiah, and Tam baptized at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament.*

March 22, 1992
Allen’s Shadows and Fog released, featuring Farrow.*

July 1992
Mia Farrow learns that Soon-Yi has been dismissed from her job as camp counselor because she has been constantly on the phone with Allen.*

July 11, 1992
While attending Dylan’s birthday party, Allen finds the following note (confirmed by nanny Kristi Groteke to have been written by Mia Farrow*) attached to the door of a bathroom near the guest room where he slept**:

August 1, 1992
According to Dr. Susan Coates [clinical psychologist who treated Satchel (Ronan) Farrow* from 1990 until fall 1992*], Mia Farrow calls her after learning that the affair with Soon-Yi is continuing. Farrow describes Allen as “satanic and evil” and pleads with Coates to “find a way to stop him.”*

August 4, 1992
Allen allegedly sexually abuses Dylan/Malone by partially inserting a finger into her* in Mia’s home in Connecticut.*

Dr. Schultz meets with Dylan several times and concludes that nothing took place.*

From The Nation:

In Connecticut, Dylan becomes increasingly resistant to her therapist, Dr. Nancy Schultz. During the third session, she and Satchel put glue in Dr. Schultz’s hair, cut her dress and tell her to go away. Later in the custody trial Schultz will testify that she did not believe Dylan had been sexually abused.*

August 5, 1992
After consulting with her lawyer, Farrow takes Dylan to the office of her pediatrician Dr. Kavirajan. Dylan does not repeat the accusation of sexual abuse during this visit.*

August 6, 1992
Farrow returns Dylan to Dr. Kavirajan’s office where she repeats the accusations against Allen.*

August 9, 1992
A medical examination shows no physical evidence of sexual abuse.*

August 13, 1992
Allen files suit against Mia Farrow for custody of their three children.* State Supreme Court Justice Phyllis Gangel-Jacob is among those overseeing the suit.*

~August 20, 1992
Allen’s legal team arranges for him to take a lie detector test administered by Paul Minor*, former FBI agent in charge of the Bureau’s Polygraph Quality Control Program.* He passes.*

August 23, 1992
Allen says, “I’ve never even lived with Mia. I have never in my life slept in Mia’s apartment. I was not any type of father to her adopted kids in any sense of the word.” He also says that Soon-Yi had talked about becoming a model and, after they became lovers, asked him to take pictures.*

August 30, 1992
Soon-Yi releases a statement regarding her relationship with Allen:

Please don’t try and dramatize my relationship with Woody Allen. He was never any kind of father figure to me. I never had any dealings with him. He rarely came to our apartment before his own children were born. […]*

In her Vanity Fair article, Maureen Orth cites associates of Mia Farrow who claim that the letter was not written by Soon-Yi. Orth also cites Audrey Seiger (or Sieger*), a person she claims has a doctorate in learning and reading disabilities, who says that Soon-Yi was “a very typical L.D. [learning disability] kid.”

From Jezebel:

Despite the questions about her mental capacity Soon-Yi regularly made the dean’s list at Drew. She graduated in 1995 and went on to get her masters in special education from Columbia University in 1998. She taught fourth grade at Spence, an exclusive private school in Manhattan.*

September 1992
Dylan Farrow is referred to the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale-New Haven Hospital by the Connecticut State Police. The team (Dr. Leventhal, a pediatrician; Dr. Julia Hamilton, Ph.D. in social work; and Jennifer Sawyer, master’s degree in social work) concludes the following:

In developing our opinion, we considered three hypotheses to explain Dylan’s statements. First, that Dylan’s statements were true and that Mr. Allen had sexually abused her; second, that Dylan’s statements were not true but were made up by an emotionally vulnerable child who was caught up in a disturbed family and who was responding to the stresses in the family; and third, that Dylan was coached or influenced by her mother, Ms. Farrow.

While we can conclude that Dylan was not sexually abused, we can not be definitive about whether the second formulation by itself or the third formulation by itself is true. We believe that it is more likely that a combination of these two formulations best explains Dylan’s allegations of sexual abuse. The major reasons for our opinion that Dylan was not sexually abused are the following:

(1) There were important inconsistencies in Dylan’s statements in the videotape and in her statements to us.

(2) She appeared to struggle with how to tell about the touching.

(3) She told the story in a manner that was overly thoughtful and controlling. There was no spontaneity in her statements, and a rehearsed quality was suggested in how she spoke.

(4) Her descriptions of the details surrounding the alleged events were unusual and were inconsistent.*

September 18, 1992
Allen’s Husbands and Wives released, featuring Farrow.*

October 7, 1992

[J. Martin Obten and Harvey I. Sladkus, lawyers for Allen] announced yesterday that they intend to file a libel lawsuit against Vanity Fair magazine because of an article in the November issue that contains graphic descriptions of advances that the actor/director allegedly made toward his adopted daughter Dylan, 7. They also said that they plan to sue Maureen Orth, the author of the article, and some unspecified people named in it.*

January 26, 1993
Monica Thompson, who had worked for Farrow for seven years, is subpoenaed to testify in a the Farrow/Allen custody battle. Thompson says, “Woody Allen was always the better parent and all the things Miss Farrow is saying about him are not true ….” Thompson additionally denies that Dylan was traumatized by the alleged molestation: “Dylan always loved him (Allen) dearly and misses him. She still loves him dearly.”*

February 2, 1993

Monica Thompson — nanny for seven years to Farrow’s and Allen’s children who resigned from the Farrow household on Jan. 25 after being subpoenaed — tells Allen’s lawyers in depositions that another baby-sitter and one of the couple’s other adopted children told her they had serious doubts about the molestation accusation.
[…] “[Kristie Groteke] told me that she felt guilty allowing Ms. Farrow to say those things about Mr. Allen. (Groteke) said the day Mr. Allen spent with the kids, she did not have Dylan out of her sight for longer than five minutes. She did not remember Dylan being without her underwear.”

“Ms. Farrow set the stage to report the incident involving Dylan,” Thompson charged. “For several weeks, Ms. Farrow insisted that Mr. Allen not be left alone with Dylan and wanted me to be with them at all times.”

The nanny said that on several occasions the actress “asked me if I would be ‘on her side.’ Ms. Farrow has tried to get me to say that I would support her with these accusations.”
[…] “Since January, Ms. Farrow has suffered dramatic mood swings and had screaming fits about Mr. Allen,” the nanny said in an affidavit taken last August. “These fits of rage were often conducted in front of the children where she would say mean and nasty things about Mr. Allen. All of the pictures of Mr. Allen in their home were destroyed.”*

March 30, 1993

A clinical psychologist [Coates] testified yesterday that she warned Woody Allen that she feared for his safety because of threats made by Mia Farrow. The threats were made in the months after Ms. Farrow learned that Mr. Allen was having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, the psychologist testified.*

March 31, 1993
Dr. Coates suggests to Gerald Walpin, a lawyer for Farrow, that Allen’s affair with Soon-Yi was a case of “extreme bad judgment” on his part.*

May 3, 1993

“Dr. John M. Leventhal, who interviewed Dylan/Malone nine times, said that one reason he doubted her story was that she changed important points from one interview to another, like whether Mr. Allen touched her vagina. Another reason, he said, was that the child’s accounts had “a rehearsed quality.” At one point, he said she told him, “I like to cheat on my stories.”*

April 3, 1993

[…] [A] child psychologist who treated Dylan testified the child has an unusually active fantasy life.
Dr. Nancy Schultz said she worked very hard to help Dylan develop a “sense of connectedness” and “relatedness” to other people.*

April 4, 1993
It is revealed that, at one point, Farrow left her children to Allen in her will.*

April 10, 1993
In the custody suit, Alison Stickland, a babysitter, says she saw Allen’s head in Dylan’s lap at some point. Kristi Groteke says that Dylan and Allen disappeared for 20 minutes at one point and, when they returned, Dylan was missing her underwear. Sophie Berge, a French Teacher for Dylan says she fetched the panties for and gave them to Groteke.* [In her book, Groteke says she lost track of Dylan and Allen for 10–20 minutes.]

April 21, 1993
Kathryn Prescott, Allen’s therapist of 20 years, states publicly that Allen’s profile “is definitely not that of a sexual offender.”*

Sept. 24, 1993
Connecticut State’s Attorney Frank Maco releases a statement in which he says that, although he finds probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for Allen, he will not do so in order to spare Dylan further emotional turmoil. He bases this decision largely on the statement of Judge Wilk that Allen behaved “grossly inappropriately” toward Dylan.* Wilk’s full statement is as follows: “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.” However, this statement directly contradicts the testimony of three out of four of the people he lists.*

~February 1994
Keili-Shea/Quincy Farrow born. (Adopted ~May 8, 1994.)* [Running child tally: 11]


Ronan Farrow, Mia Farrow, Thaddeus Gabriel Wilk Farrow, and Frankie-Minh Farrow

July 29, 1997

The statewide grievance committee dismissed Allen’s complaint that State’s Attorney Frank Maco violated his professional code of conduct by talking about Allen to reporters and then faxing his comments to New York judges hearing child custody matters between Allen and actress Mia Farrow.
[…] The reviewing panel chastised Maco for announcing at the September 1993 conference that he would not prosecute Allen on sex abuse charges, then going on to say he had enough evidence to arrest Allen if he had chosen to prosecute.

The panel ruled Maco’s statements “clearly allowed reasonable people to conclude that [Maco] was saying that [Allen] was factually guilty…. We are highly critical of [Maco’s] lack of sensitivity, in this case, to the concept of the presumption of innocence.”*

In his defense, Maco testified that he felt compelled to explain his decision not to prosecute. He was concerned, he said during the hearings, that his constituents would think he was giving preferential treatment to Allen because of his celebrity status, or wouldn’t vigorously prosecute allegations of sexual abuse.*

December 24, 1997
Woody Allen (62) and Soon-Yi Previn (25-27) marry.*


Mia Farrow and Lark Previn

December 5, 1998

Kennedy Center Honor recipient André Previn (R) poses with Mia Farrow and their children Matthew (L) and Fletcher (R) during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC (photo by Mike Holmes)

Spring 1999
Allen and Soon-Yi adopt Bechet Dumaine.*

February 2000
Allen and Soon-Yi adopt second daughter, Manzie Tio.*

~March 11, 2000
Tam Farrow dies, apparently of a heart ailment.*

~August 2003
Moses (24) receives master’s degree in marriage family therapy from the University of Connecticut.*

Dizygotic twin brothers Matthew and Sascha Previn, along with Fletcher Previn

February 2005

Mia Farrow at the Home of Gay Talese for Talese’s book party
(L-R) Sascha Previn with his wife Carrie, Lark Song, Mia, Daisy, and Fletcher Previn

February 19, 2008

Ronan, Mia, and Fletcher, at the premiere of Be Kind Rewind at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York

December 25, 2008
Lark Previn (35) dies* from AIDS-related pneumonia.*

August 24, 2010

Bechet, Woody, Soon-Yi, and Manzie Tio, Oviedo, Spain.*

June 20, 2012

Soon-Yi and Allen at after pary for To Rome with Love in New York*

September 13, 2013
It is announced that Allen will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Jan. 12, 2014 Golden Globes.*

October 15, 2013
The Penguin Press announces the acquisition of Ronan Farrow’s Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies.*

November 2013
Vanity Fair article published in which Mia Farrow says that Ronan Farrow is “possibly” Frank Sinatra’s son and that she and Frank Sinatra “never really split up.”* (Sinatra would have been 72 years old.*)

January 28, 2014
It is announced that Ronan Farrow will host an hour-long program for MSNBC debuting on February 24.*

February 1, 2014
Dylan Farrow publishes open letter in which she restates the allegations made when she was 7.*

February 4, 2014
Actress Stacey Nelkin makes a statement claiming that representatives of Mia Farrow contacted her during the Allen/Farrow dispute to ask if she would claim that she was 15 at the time she had a relationship with Allen.*

February 5, 2014

“Of course Woody did not molest my sister,” says Moses, who is estranged from Farrow and many of his siblings and is close to Allen and Soon-Yi. “She loved him and looked forward to seeing him when he would visit. […]”*

2015 (roughly)

Matthew Previn

May 2017

Fletcher Previn becomes CIO of IBM

The Farrow/Allen Family Tree

aka Eliza, aka Malone
Groteke, K., & Rosen, M. (1994). Mia and Woody: Love and betrayal (p. 27). New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.
Groteke, K., & Rosen, M. (1994). Mia and Woody: Love and betrayal (p. 32). New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.
Groteke, K., & Rosen, M. (1994). Mia and Woody: Love and betrayal (p. 22). New York, NY: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.

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