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“I felt he gave me a sense of stepping up and assuming responsibility beyond my own family as a citizen.I stopped thinking only of my own lifeboat.” Of both men she says, “I think the bigger question is what did they find in me?Anxious that Allen might cause her harm, Mia told me, she confessed her fears on the phone to Sinatra.“Don’t worry about it,” he said, and shortly thereafter she got a call from a man who told her, “Don’t talk on the phone. “I even looked up the word ‘sedan.’ ”The car pulled up at the appointed hour; the back door flew open, and the driver motioned for her to get in. He had an entire floor for publicity at his publicists’. We own the Teamsters.”He gave her names and phone numbers in three cities to call should she ever feel in danger.His driver on his movies was a Teamster, whose brother-in-law was Mickey Featherstone” (a confessed murderer and enforcer for an Irish Mafia gang).“The Teamsters? “I remember babbling, ‘Thank you, thank you.’ Off he went, and I did feel safer.”A New Woman the sad, sordid tale of Mia and Woody and Dylan and Soon-Yi and Mia’s other children, caught up in a major tabloid scandal.She lost her virginity to Frank Sinatra and married him when she was 21 and he was 50.Two years later he served her divorce papers on the set of the Roman Polanski film for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1968.
“Her body language—how quickly they opened up to her—you can sense when someone is interested on a human-to-human level.”Mia’s activism began in 2000, when UNICEF asked her to go to Nigeria and help publicize a polio-eradication project.Today, at 68, Mia Farrow is far removed from that media circus.The mother of 14 children—ranging in age from 43 to 19—10 of whom were adopted and 2 of whom have died, she also has 10 grandchildren.Her focus is no longer acting (she has made more than 40 films) but activism, in Africa, as a UNICEF ambassador and on more than 20 missions of her own, particularly to the Darfur region of Sudan and to neighboring Chad.Coupling the mass killings in Darfur with China’s tacit support of the Sudanese government as well as its veto power in the U. Security Council in exchange for a claim on Sudan’s oil, she named the 2008 Beijing Olympics “the genocide Olympics” and triggered an international reaction.
Only a month earlier, in December 1991, Allen had formally adopted two of Mia’s children, 15-year-old Moses and 7-year-old Dylan, even though he was in therapy for inappropriate behavior toward Dylan. “ ‘I’m afraid he’s going to have me killed—have somebody else do it.