Soon-Yi Previn

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Soon-Yi Previn

Previn at the premiere of Whatever Works at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1970-10-08) October 8, 1970 (age 41)
South Korea
Occupation Homemaker
Years active 1986–present
Spouse Woody Allen (1997–present)
Children Bechet Dumaine Allen
Manzie Tio Allen

Soon-Yi Previn (previously named Soon-Yi Farrow Previn)[1] (born October 8, 1970) is the wife of film director Woody Allen.


[edit] Early life and adoption

Born in South Korea, Soon-Yi was about eight years old when she was adopted by André Previn and his then-wife, Mia Farrow.[2] Mia Farrow and Woody Allen became a couple in 1980.[3]

[edit] Woody Allen

Previn gained international attention in 1992 when it was revealed that she was having a relationship with her own adoptive mother's long-time romantic partner, Woody Allen.[2] The relationship began in late 1991 and became known to Farrow in January 1992.[4]

The affair was covered by tabloids, focusing not only on her familial relation to Allen's long-time partner, her own adoptive mother, and to their children, but also the 34-year age difference between Previn and Allen.

Allen and Farrow's biological son, Ronan Farrow, said of Allen: "He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression."[5][6] Soon-Yi Previn said in 1992 that she does not, and never did, consider Woody Allen to be her father, stepfather, or father figure; she said she considers André Previn to be her adoptive father.[7] She also commented that "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."[7][8]

The couple married on December 24, 1997, in the Palazzo Cavalli in Venice, Italy.[2] They have two adopted daughters, Bechet Dumaine Allen and Manzie Tio Allen, named after jazz musicians (Sidney Bechet, Manzie Johnson and Lorenzo Tio, Jr).[9]

[edit] Education

Previn received a bachelor's degree in art from Drew University in 1995 and a master's degree in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1998. She has appeared in documentaries about Woody Allen and she has been a non-speaking, uncredited extra in two of his films.

[edit] Filmography

She appeared in these three documentaries:

In these two films, she was a non-speaking, uncredited extra:

[edit] References

  1. ^ Adam Nichols (February 20, 2005). "Woody Still Tormenting Mia Farrow". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  2. ^ a b c Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice (December 24, 1997) CNN. Accessed 2008-01-10.
  3. ^ Richard Corliss, Gorgia Harbison (August 31, 1991). Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: Scenes From A Breakup. Time. Accessed 2011-10-10. Quote: "Allen and Farrow have been a couple since 1980." (beginning of paragraph on p.2 of the internet article).
  4. ^ Richard Perez-Pena (March 20, 1993). Woody Allen Tells of Affair as Custody Battle Begins. New York Times. Accessed 2009-06-06.
  5. ^ "Neurotic? Who, me?". Irish Times. March 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Creepiest Hollywood Hook-Ups". Life Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-29. 
  7. ^ a b Walter Isaacson and Soon-Yi Farrow Previn (August 31, 1992). "Soon-Yi: Woody Was Not My Father." TIME. Accessed 2010-10-01.
  8. ^ "Woody Allen on marriage to Soon-Yi: 'What was the scandal?'" by Kristina Lopez, (June 23, 2011).
  9. ^ Steven Silverman (November 6, 1997). Woody's New Girl People. Accessed 2008-01-19.

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