Soon-Yi Previn

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Soon-Yi Previn
Soon Yi Previn at the Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Previn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Seoul, South Korea
Nationality American
Known for
Spouse(s) Woody Allen (m. 1997)
Children 2

Soon-Yi Previn (born circa October 8, 1970) is the adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and musician André Previn, as well as the wife of filmmaker Woody Allen.

Early life and education[edit]

Soon-Yi Previn was born in South Korea. Previn's true age and date of birth are unknown, but are estimated based on a bone scan;[1] her passport indicates a date of birth of October 8, 1970.[2] According to Vanity Fair, Previn's biological mother was a prostitute who would slam a door on Soon-Yi's head as a form of punishment.[1] 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 and relocated to the United States;[4] at the time, she spoke no known language and reportedly battled learning disabilities.[1][4] Rose Styron acts as her godmother.[1]

In 1979, Mia Farrow ended her marriage to André Previn and began a long-term relationship with Woody Allen.[5] Allen later adopted two of Farrow's adopted children: Dylan Farrow (also known as Eliza) and Moses Farrow. Farrow also gave birth to Ronan Farrow in 1987.

Previn attended Marymount School of New York and Rider University. She graduated from Drew University[6][7] and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from Columbia University.[1][8]

During her teens, Previn made an uncredited appearance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), which starred her adopted mother Mia Farrow and was directed by her future husband Woody Allen. Previn appeared as an extra in Allen's 1991 film entitled Scenes from a Mall.[1] Previn also appeared alongside Allen in the documentary Wild Man Blues (1997).[9]

Relationship with Woody Allen[edit]

Previn's intimate relationship with Woody Allen began in the late 1980s during Allen's relationship with Previn's adoptive mother, Mia Farrow.[10] Allen described his relationship with Previn as a "fling" that developed into a more significant relationship.[10] He has also both affirmed and denied that he acted as a paternal figure to Previn.[11] Their affair came to light when Farrow allegedly discovered Allen's nude Polaroid photographs of Previn in late 1991 or early 1992.[1][4][12] While Previn denies sexual assault on Allen's part, there are accounts suggesting that she was not the author of her published statements on the subject.[1][8] Previn's relationship with Allen became public and "erupted into tabloid headlines and late-night monologues in August 1992."[13] Farrow broke off her relationship with Allen in 1992 following the discovery of Allen's affair with Previn.[14] As of 2006, Previn remained estranged from Farrow.[15]

Previn married Allen in Venice on December 22, 1997.[9][8] They have adopted two children together: Bechet Dumaine Allen and Manzie Tio Allen.[10] The family resides in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan's Upper East Side.[16]


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  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. 
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  8. ^ a b c "CNN - Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice - December 24, 1997". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Soon-Yi Previn". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Winter, Jessica (2014-01-17). "Did Woody Allen Molest His Adopted Daughter 22 Years Ago?". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
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  16. ^ Thurman, Judith. Tour Woody Allen's English Country-Style Manhattan Townhouse. Architectural Digest November, 2008. Posted September 21, 2016. [1] Accessed 6 October 2017