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 (1970-10-08) October 8, 1970 (age 46)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality American
Years active 1986-present
Known for
Spouse(s) Woody Allen (m. 1997)
Children 2

Soon-Yi Previn (born October 8, 1970) 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]

Soon-Yi Previn was born in South Korea around October 8, 1970. Her biological mother was reportedly a prostitute who would punish Soon-Yi by having her kneel in a doorway while her mother slammed the door on her head.[2] Abandoned as a young child, Soon-Yi 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 are unknown, but estimated based on a bone scan placing her between age 45 and 47.[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] As a pre-adolescent, she made an uncredited appearance in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), starring her adopted mother Mia Farrow and directed by her future husband Woody Allen. A decade later, she appears alongside Allen in the documentary Wild Man Blues (1997).[1]

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]


  1. ^ a b c "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.