New York Magazine


Woody and Mia

When: August 17, 1992

The facts: Woody Allen's affair with Soon-Yi Previn, the 21-year-old adopted daugter of his longtime partner Mia Farrow, is batted around in the headlines. Allen's not-fictional-enough Husbands and Wives starring Mia and Woody hits the theaters a month later. Mia would accuse Woody of child abuse and sever all ties with her daughter Soon-Yi.

The dirt: "Rarely had a celebrated relationship ended with such acrimonious fanfare...The toxic battle between the reclusive director and his off- and onscreen star of thirteen years has been played out on the covers of Time and Newsweek (upstaging the Republican Convention), in the tabloids, on the New York Times editorial page, on Entertainment Tonight and Larry King Live.... It was an X-rated version of Peyton Place (the soap on which Mia got her start), and each day's episode ended with the same repellent new revelation. Woody was in love with Soon-Yi, Farrow's 21-year-old adopted daughter. Sources close to Mia accused Woody of child abuse, and she had taped their 7-year-old daughter Dylan's description of the alleged incident. Woody accused Mia of being an unfit mother and said she had beaten Soon-Yi. Mia was reportedly threatening suicide. Woody had taken nude Polaroids of his new love." — from Phoebe Hoban's "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Woody and Mia" in the September 21, 1992 issue of New York Magazine.

Happily ever after? Allen would later marry Soon-Yi.