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PCP history – Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and Soon Yi, and Ronan Farrow’s Father’s Day message to Woody.


You know, it’s probably because I was like 6 or 7 years old when this shit went down, but I’m definitely one of those ‘Eh, well they’ve been married for so long is it really a scandal anymore?’ people.

Now, for the youngsters and/or uninformed on the Woody and Soon Yi situation, I’m just going to run through it real quick for you.

In 1978 Mia Farrow adopted an 8 year old daughter, Soon Yi, with her husband at the time, Andre Previn. They got divorced in 1979, and in 1980 Mia started dating Woody Allen. Here’s a lovely photo of Mia Farrow, just ‘coz:

They never got married, and they kept separate apartments. For a more current pop culture reference, Carrie talks about Woody and Mia in Sex and the City (Season 2, episode 11):

Ever since Woody Allen described waving to Mia Farrow across the Park, single men in Manhattan had yearned for that kind of separate togetherness.

The infamous Woody Allen quote that Carrie is referring to the New York Times article called

Woody and Mia: A New York Story:

Allen and Farrow very much lead their own lives, while continuing a relationship that is the longest either has had. By any standard, it is not a conventional union. They are not married, neither do they live together; their apartments face each other across Central Park. When they began to date, they would wave towels out the window as they spoke on the phone, delighting in saying they could see the other. Her apartment — which in addition to nine children and a nanny is home to two cats, a canary, a parakeet, several chinchillas and assorted tropical fish — was used for her scenes in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” which Allen directed in 1986.

“It’s sort of like just enough,” Allen explains one day in his Fifth Avenue apartment, a duplex penthouse with country furniture and a wraparound view of Manhattan and all of Central Park. “Perhaps if we were to live together or if we met at a different time in our lives it wouldn’t work. But it seems to be just right. I have all the free time I want and it’s quiet over here, and yet I get plenty of action over there. I think it’s because we don’t live together and that she has her own life completely and that I have mine that we’re able to maintain this relationship with a certain proper tension. If we got married years ago and lived together, maybe now we’d be screaming, ‘What have we gotten into?’ These things are so exquisitely tuned. It’s just luck.”

So, they were together for 12 years, had one biological child and adopted two other children. And then Mia found naked photos of her then 20 year old adopted daughter Soon Yi in Woody’s apartment and shit was one of the biggest scandals of the 90’s, because although they’d never lived together, he basically started banging his step daughter. Can I get a big ‘that shit cray’?

Anyway, Woody and Soon Yi stayed together, and got married in 1997. While promoting Midnight in Paris, Woody talked about the scandal:

What was the scandal? I fell in love with this girl, married her. We have been married for almost 15 years now. There was no scandal, but people refer to it all the time as a scandal and I kind of like that in way because when I go I would like to say I had one real juicy scandal in my life.

As for Soon Yi, in 1992 she was quoted as saying:

To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable. My parents are Andre Previn and Mia, but obviously they’re not even my real parents. I came to America when I was seven. I was never remotely close to Woody. He was someone who was devoted exclusively to his own children and to his work, and we never spent a moment together.

And that about sums up the whole situation. Oh, and Mia accused Woody of sexually abusing their adopted daughter Dylan, who was 7 at the time. The charges were dismissed, but Mia got full custody of the kids, and none of them speak to Woody now.

Now, it was Father’s Day in the US the other day, and Woody’s biological son, Ronan (whose birth name is ‘Satchel’) took to Twitter to express his feelings:

Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.

And if that’s not scandalous enough, Mia Farrow retweeted it, adding ‘BOOM!’