Woody Allen has admitted his son Ronan Farrow could actually be Mia Farrow’s lovechild with Frank Sinatra, according to his new memoir obtained by DailyMail.com.
The filmmaker concedes to the possibility of Ronan not being his biological son, writing: ‘One day Mia announced she was pregnant. I naturally assumed it was by me and the wolfsbane had finally kicked in; and despite her suggesting [Ronan] was Frank Sinatra’s child, I think he’s mine, though I’ll never really know.
‘She may have still been sleeping with Frank, as she hinted, and may have had any number of outside affairs, for all I know. As I said, we lived apart.’
The revelation was made in Allen’s new book, Apropos of Nothing, which was released on Monday by Arcade Publishing.
Ronan, 32, has long been speculated to be Farrow’s lovechild with her ex-husband Sinatra, thanks to the journalist’s piercing blue eyes, but the family rarely comments on the claim.
Woody Allen has admitted his son Ronan Farrow could actually be Mia Farrow’s lovechild with Frank Sinatra, according to his new memoir obtained by DailyMail.com
Farrow, then 21, was married to Sinatra, aged, 50, in July of 1966. Although the two divorced in 1968, they remained close friends until the singer’s death in May 1998
Ronan, 32, has long been speculated to be Farrow’s lovechild with her ex-husband Sinatra, though it has never been proved and Allen has often refused to comment on the claim
Farrow, then 21, was married to Sinatra, aged, 50, in July of 1966. Although the two divorced in 1968, they remained close friends until the singer’s death in May 1998.
Apropos of Nothing begins in a wry tone, describing his New York City upbringing and love affairs with Diane Keaton and others with a sense of nostalgia and angst that also mirrors Allen movies ranging from Radio Days and The Purple Rose of Cairo to Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters.
But it darkens and becomes defensive, not surprisingly, as he recalls his relationship with Farrow and the allegations he abused daughter Dylan Farrow that for many have come to define his public image in recent years.
The 400-page memoir is titled Apropos of Nothing
He was with Farrow for more than a decade, and recalls happy times with the ‘very, very beautiful’ actress that would cool over the years.
Allen writes that Farrow ‘managed with great acting skills’ to hide her deep personality flaws from him when they first met.
He also claims he mistakenly thought that Farrow, who he dated for 13 years, was just a ‘fragile, beautiful supermom’.
But in fact she was deeply disturbed and ‘psychologically and corporally’ abused her children into ‘submissive obedience’.
Allen talks through his whole relationship with Mia which began around 1980.
By that time Allen had been married twice, as had Farrow, who already had seven children, three of whom were adopted.
Allen writes in unflattering terms that he missed a series of ‘red flags’ because he was blinded by Mia’s beauty.
He writes: ‘She was not demanding, better informed than me, more cultivated, appropriately libidinous, charming to my friends, and, best of all, living directly across Central Park, so there was a major saving in carfare.
‘In retrospect, should I have seen any red flags? I guess, but if you’re dating this dream woman, even if you see a red flag you kind of look in the other direction’.
Weeks later while at a Chinese restaurant Farrow said that they should get married.
It freaked Allen out and he said no.
In a postscript to the Arcade edition, Allen alleges that Hachette had vowed to publish Apropos of Nothing despite his ‘being a toxic pariah and menace to society’
Allen writes: ‘Her idea of progress was to run out and marry. But the swiftness of the proposal, such as it was, and her irritable reaction when I wasn’t instantly up for it should have clued me in that I was dealing with a more complicated person than just this fragile, beautiful supermom’.
Allen claims that Mia’s family was ‘rife with extremely ominous behavior’ and that ‘every single Farrow was cursed with flaws’.
He writes: ‘I was amazed how she could grow up tiptoeing through that minefield of craziness and come out charming, productive, likable, and unscathed. But she hadn’t been unscathed, and I should’ve been more alert’.
What kept them together was ‘a very convenient and pleasant arrangement’ under which they lived in separate apartments in Manhattan and he would visit hers, or come to her house in Connecticut for the weekend.
Allen claims that he looked the other way at Mia’s ‘unnatural closeness’ to Fletcher Previn, another of her sons.
He writes how Fletcher was Mia’s favorite and he would bring her on dates, leaving the boy to sleep under the table when it got late.
Allen writes: ‘Whatever effort it took to control herself to hide things, to function, charm, she managed with great acting skills’.
It was only much later that Allen claims that he learned of Mia’s abusive behavior to her children – and her callous behavior to others she considered for her brood.
Allen and actress Farrow, holding her daughter Dylan, along with her children Soon Yi (left) Fletcher (right) , and Misha (center)
Allen writes: ‘She had once flown to Texas with Soon-Yi to adopt a Mexican infant but sent him back after a few days in her New York apartment for reasons known only to her.
‘I also recall her adopting a little spina bifida boy who lived in the apartment for several weeks, but her son Fletcher found him annoying, so he was sent back. If there were other kids she adopted and returned I have no idea – as I said, I lived on the other side of the park’.
Allen claims that when Mia said she wanted a baby with him he was ‘totally indifferent to the whole enterprise’ but he fell in love with Dylan when she was born.
After that the relationship ‘turned ominous’ because Mia ‘had finally struck pay dirt’.
Allen writes that ‘from the moment this natal Mega Ball was hit, she turned off me like
Diane Keaton once did to oysters in New Orleans’, recounting an anecdote about the actress he once dated.
Mia said he could never sleep at her house again, demanded Allen give back the key to her apartment and warned he ‘should not get too close to the baby’.
When Mia announced she was pregnant with Ronan, whose birth name was Satchel, it was more of a surprise.
The filmmaker concedes to the possibility of Ronan not being his biological son, writing: ‘One day Mia announced she was pregnant. I naturally assumed it was by me and the wolfsbane had finally kicked in; and despite her suggesting [Ronan] was Frank Sinatra’s child, I think he’s mine, though I’ll never really know’
Allen writes: ‘I naturally assumed it was by me…and despite her suggesting Satchel was Frank Sinatra’s child, I think he’s mine, though I’ll never really know.
‘She may have still been sleeping with Frank, as she hinted, and may have had any number of outside affairs, for all I know. As I said, we lived apart’.
After this their relationship ‘took an even darker quantum leap’ because from Ronan’s birth Mia ‘expropriated’ him to her bedroom so she could breastfeed him.
Allen claims that Farrow would sleep naked with Ronan even when he was 11 years old.
In a sarcastic aside, he writes: ‘I don’t know what the anthropologists would say about that, but I can imagine what the guys in the poolroom would say’.
Allen convinced Farrow to let him legally adopt Dylan and Moses because he worried he might lose access to them because of her changing moods.
The relationship reached an uneasy truce until his affair with Previn was exposed when Mia found erotic photos of them they had taken together.
As he has alleged before, he and Farrow were essentially apart by the time he began dating her daughter Soon-Yi Previn, more than 30 years younger than him, in the early 1990s.
The book’s release comes weeks after the Hachette dropped plans to publish the memoir after a public backlash sparked by another one of its authors, Ronan.
‘The book is a candid and comprehensive personal account by Woody Allen of his life,’ publisher Arcade announced, ‘ranging from his childhood in Brooklyn through his acclaimed career in film, theater, television, print and standup comedy, as well as exploring his relationships with family and friends.’
As he has alleged before, he and Farrow were essentially apart by the time he began dating her daughter Soon-Yi Previn, more than 30 years younger than him, in the early 1990s
The initial announcement of Apropos of Nothing came earlier this month, when Hachette-owned Grand Central Publishing confirmed to The Associated Press that it would release his book on April 7.
But the news was met with quick and growing outrage, centered on allegations that Allen abused his estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Ronan, who shared the Pulitzer Prize with the New York Times for his New Yorker investigation into Harvey Weinstein, was enraged to learn that Allen’s book was being published by the same parent company, Hachette Book Group, that released his Catch and Kill.
The acclaimed book further delved into the #MeToo movement.
Dozens of Hachette employees staged a walkout over the Allen book and Farrow, who had been working on Catch and Kill at the time Hachette acquired Allen’s memoir, said he would stop working with the publisher.
Hachette canceled the release less than a week later, although Stephen King was among those questioning the decision as an infringement of free speech, writing on Twitter: ‘It’s who gets muzzled next that worries me.’
In a postscript to the Arcade edition, Allen alleges that Hachette had vowed to publish Apropos of Nothing despite his ‘being a toxic pariah and menace to society.’
But, he writes, ‘When actual flak did arrive they thoughtfully reassessed their position’ and ‘dumped the book like it was a hunk of Xenon 135.’
Arcade editor Jeannette Seaver said in a statement: ‘In this strange time, when truth is too often dismissed as ‘fake news,’ we as publishers prefer to give voice to a respected artist, rather than bow to those determined to silence him.’