Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow, known as Mia Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American actress and former fashion model.
Mia Farrow has appeared in more than forty films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award (and seven additional Golden Globe nominations), three BAFTA Film Award nominations, and a win for best actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Farrow screen-tested for the role of Liesl von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Farrow began her acting career by appearing in supporting roles in several 1960s films.
However, she achieved stardom on the popular primetime soap opera Peyton Place as naive, waif-like Allison MacKenzie, a role she later abandoned at the urging of husband Frank Sinatra.
Her first leading film role was in 1968's Rosemary's Baby, which was a major critical and commercial success at the time and continues to be widely regarded as a classic of the horror genre.
Following Rosemary's Baby, Farrow was to be cast as Mattie in True Grit and was keen on the role.
However, prior to filming she made Secret Ceremony in England with Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Mitchum.
Mia Farrow's other late '60s films include John and Mary, opposite Dustin Hoffman.
In the 1970s, Farrow appeared in a number of notable films, including the 1971 thriller See No Evil, legendary French director Claude Chabrol's 1972 film Docteur Popaul, and the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby, in which Farrow played "Daisy Buchanan".
She also appeared in director Robert Altman's cult classic A Wedding in 1978.
Farrow is also notable for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Her latest effort is www.miafarrow.org containing a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photos and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.