Soon-Yi Previn

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Soon-Yi Previn
Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen at the Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Previn and Woody Allen at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2009
Born (1970-10-08) October 8, 1970 (age 46)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986-present
Known for
Spouse(s) Woody Allen (m. 1997)
Children 2

Soon-Yi Previn (born October 8, 1970) is an American actress known for her roles in Wild Man Blues (1997), Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997), and Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).[1]

Previn is the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow and André Previn, as well as the wife of Woody Allen. In the film "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995)," the actress Grace Una portrays Previn.[1]

Early life[edit]

Previn was born in South Korea, reportedly on October 8, 1970. Her biological mother was reportedly a prostitute who would punish Previn by having her kneel in a doorway while Previn's mother slammed the door on her head.[2] Abandoned as a young child, Previn wandered around the streets of Seoul, starving and living out of trash cans.[3] In 1978, Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow and André Previn at the age of seven and relocated to the United States.[4] At the time, she spoke no known language and reportedly battled learning disabilities.[2][4] Her true age and birthday is unknown, but estimated based on a Bone scan placing her between ages five and seven.[2] Rose Styron acts as her godmother.[2]

During her childhood as a transnational adoptee for two famous screen actors, her mother Farrow ended her marriage with Previn in 1979 and began a long-term relationship with Woody Allen.[5] While acting as Previn's unofficial stepfather and paternal figure, Allen adopted two more children Dylan Farrow (also known as Eliza) and Moshe Farrow (also known as Moses) with Farrow. The couple also gave birth to Ronan Farrow (also known as Satchel).


Previn attended Marymount School of New York and Rider University. She studied Psychology at Drew University and earned a Master's degree in Special education at Columbia University.[2][6]

Acting career[edit]

Previn started her acting career as an extra in Woody Allen's film "Scenes from a Mall." [2]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage to Woody Allen[edit]

While Woody Allen was still dating Mia Farrow, Previn's relationship with Allen began in the late 1980s.[7] Allen described the relationship as a "fling" that developed in a more significant relationship.[7] He has also both affirmed and denied that he acted as a paternal figure to Previn.[8] Their affair came to light when Farrow allegedly discovered Allen's pornographic Polaroid photographs of Previn in late 1991 or early 1992.[2][4][9] While Previn denies sexual assault on Allen's part, there are accounts that suggest she had not written her published statements.[2][6]

Previn married Allen in Venice on December 22, 1997.[1][6] They adopted two children together: Bechet Dumaine Allen and Manzie Tio Allen.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Scenes from a Mall Woman in Line at Mall Uncredited
1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Thanksgiving Guest Uncredited


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wild Man Blues Herself
1997 Very Important Pennis Herself Part 3
1997 Dennis Pennis R.I.P Herself
2003 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment Herself
2008 Seitenblicke Herself
2010 30 for 30 Herself
2012 Woody Allen: A Documentary Herself


  1. ^ a b c d e "Soon-Yi Previn". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Orth, Maureen. "Mia's Story". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Woody Allen's Sad, Bizarre Reflection on His Wife, Soon-Yi". HWD. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  4. ^ a b c Callahan, Maureen (2012-01-08). "The quiet victory of Mia & the kids Woody left behind". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Woody Allen, Wife Soon-Yi And Their Bizarre History: Ronan Farrow Addresses Sex Abuse Allegations At Cannes". International Business Times. 2016-05-11. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  6. ^ a b c "CNN - Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice - December 24, 1997". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  7. ^ a b c Taylor, Derrick Bryson (2015-07-30). "Woody Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi is creepier than you could imagine". Page Six. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  8. ^ Silman, Anna. "A history of Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn describing their relationship, from "the heart wants what it wants" to "I was paternal"". Salon. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  9. ^ Winter, Jessica (2014-01-17). "Did Woody Allen Molest His Adopted Daughter 22 Years Ago?". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-11-25.