Previn at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
October 8, 1970 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Spouse(s)||Woody Allen (m. 1997)|
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.
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. Abandoned as a young child, Soon-Yi wandered around the streets of Seoul, starving and living out of trash cans. In 1978, Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow and André Previn at the age of seven and relocated to the United States. At the time, she spoke no known language and reportedly battled learning disabilities. Her true age and birthday are unknown, but estimated based on a bone scan placing her between age 45 and 47. Rose Styron acts as her godmother.
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. 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 started her acting career as an extra in Woody Allen's film "Scenes from a Mall."  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).
Marriage to Woody Allen
While Woody Allen was still dating Mia Farrow, Previn's relationship with Allen began in the late 1980s. Allen described the relationship as a "fling" that developed in a more significant relationship. He has also both affirmed and denied that he acted as a paternal figure to Previn. Their affair came to light when Farrow allegedly discovered Allen's pornographic Polaroid photographs of Previn in late 1991 or early 1992. While Previn denies sexual assault on Allen's part, there are accounts that suggest she had not written her published statements.
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