Soon-Yi Previn

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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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[3] Abandoned as a young child, Previn wandered around the streets of Seoul, starving and living out of trash cans.[4] In 1978, Previn was adopted by Mia Farrow and André Previn at the age of seven and relocated to the United States.[2][5] At the time, she spoke no known language and reportedly battled learning disabilities.[3][5] Her true age and birthday is unknown, but estimated based on a Bone scan placing her between ages five and seven.[3] Rose Styron acts as her godmother.[3]

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.[2][6] 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.[2] The couple also gave birth to Ronan Farrow (also known as Satchel).[2]


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.[3][7]

Acting Career[edit]

Previn started her acting career as an extra in Woody Allen's film "Scenes from a Mall." [3]

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.[8] Allen described the relationship as a "fling" that developed in a more significant relationship.[8] He has also both affirmed and denied that he acted as a paternal figure to Previn.[9] Their affair came to light when Farrow allegedly discovered Allen's pornographic Polaroid photographs of Previn in late 1991 or early 1992.[3][5][10] While Previn denies sexual assault on Allen's part, there are accounts that suggest she had not written her published statements.[3][7]

Previn married Allen in Venice on December 22, 1997.[1][2][7] They adopted two children together: Bechet Dumaine Allen and Manzie Tio Allen.[8]



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 "Soon-yi Previn - Bio, Facts, Family | Famous Birthdays". Famous Birthdays. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Orth, Maureen. "Mia's Story". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  4. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "Woody Allen's Sad, Bizarre Reflection on His Wife, Soon-Yi". HWD. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ a b c "CNN - Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice - December 24, 1997". Retrieved 2016-11-25. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Winter, Jessica (2014-01-17). "Did Woody Allen Molest His Adopted Daughter 22 Years Ago?". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-11-25.