Mia Farrow concludes Open VISIONS 2000-01 season


Mia Farrow, actress, children's advocate and author of the best-selling autobiography, What Falls Away, will conclude this season's Open VISIONS Forum on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m., in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The mother of 14 children who have given her a "meaningful life," she will discuss that life and her relationships, including encounters with Thornton Wilder and Salvador Dali, as well as her recent trip to Africa with UNICEF.

Farrow began her professional career in an Off-Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," and became a household name the following year when she landed the role of Allison in the hit television series, "Peyton Place." In the past three decades, she has appeared in some 35 films including: "Rosemary's Baby," "The Great Gatsby," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "Radio Days," "Purple Rose of "Cairo," "Widow's Peak" and "Restless."

Mia Farrow is the third of seven children born in Hollywood to Irish film star Maureen O'Sullivan and Australian director and writer John Farrow. Although she had a privileged childhood, she survived a bout with polio at age nine and the untimely deaths of her adored brother and father when she was still a young teenager.

Farrow was married at age 19 to Frank Sinatra, and later to conductor and composer Andre Previn with whom she had six children. During her marriage to Previn, Farrow lived in England where she appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in plays by its namesake, and those by Chekhov, Gorky and Garcia Lorka. After producing thirteen films together, her twelve-year relationship with Woody Allen ended in 1992.

Farrow lives on a farm in Connecticut where she is currently at work on a novel. Her primary focus, however, has always been her fourteen children; the seven youngest, ranging from four to 17 years old, still live at home with her along with a vast assortment of family pets.

Tickets to the Mia Farrow lecture are $35, $25 for seniors, with discounts available for students. The Open VISIONS Forum, a program of Fairfield University's School of Continuing Education, is sponsored in part by Advest. For information or tickets, call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 6, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 141