October 2, 2013

"Possibly" Mia Farrow's son by Woody Allen is actually the biological offspring of Frank Sinatra.

That's the late-breaking scoop in Vanity Fair.

Scroll down for a photo of the son, now called Ronan Farrow. He looks a lot like Mia, but does he look at all like either Frank Sinatra or Woody Allen? He's got blue eyes...
No DNA tests have been done. When Orth asks Nancy Sinatra Jr. about Ronan’s being treated as if he were a member of her family, Sinatra answers in an e-mail, “He is a big part of us, and we are blessed to have him in our lives.”
Why have no DNA tests been done? It's easier, in this case, to think of reasons why there would be denial of DNA tests that were done. Considering the severity of Ronan and Mia's rejection of Woody Allen, you'd think they'd love to be able to say, as a scientific fact, that Ronan is not Woody's son. And what delight in being about to claim Frank Sinatra as one's father!

I smell hooey.

UPDATE: "Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son." And: "It’s an unusual thing to do with one’s mother..."

ADDED: I indulge in much more analysis here

48 comments:

Larry J said...

At this point, a DNA test would likely require the cooperation of one of Sinatra's children. Other than that, where would they get a sample of his DNA? The family may not want to be part of this circus.

WestVirginiaRebel said...

I mentioned this last night only because it was on Drudge, so there you go...

Also, RIP Tom Clancy.

Terry said...

Suppose that Ronan is neither Allen's son nor Sinatra's son?
Impetuous, unfaithful woman!
Well played, MS. Farrow. Well played indeed.

TMink said...

Yeah, Mia has her own issues and concerns.

Trey

Julie C said...

I saw this story this morning. Why now? Why rehash all this stuff? There isn't much new here except that the son does kind of resemble Frank Sinatra, at least from the pictures shown. And everyone in the family hates WA (understandably).

Woody's new movie, Blue Jasmine, has been well-received by the critics. I'm guessing he'll be nominated again for an academy award for best director. Maybe they (Mia etc.) are trying to poison the well?

William said...

If you can't see something of Frank Sinatra in that face, you're not looking. If you can see anything of Woody Allen in that face, I've got a Turinese shroud I'd like to sell you.

LordSomber said...

Ol' Two Eyes.

Carol said...

Yeah I don't think I'd be proud of Woody Allen's DNA.

Freeman Hunt said...

I thought this sounded like "hooey" as I read. Then I clicked the link and looked at the picture; looks just like a young Frank Sinatra to me, especially everything above the nose, the shape of the skull.

Of course, they probably selected the picture of him that most resembles Sinatra.

Apart from the paternity issue, what a strange article. The writer made it sound as though all family members were committed to hating Allen with unflagging intensity.

James Pawlak said...

Who cares?

Alcibiades said...

I think he looks just like the picture they have of Frank Sinatra. Would explain a few things, too, like the reason Woody was so vindictive as to start an affair with Farrow's daughter.

St. George said...

I wonder what a "UNICEF ambassador" to Chad and Darfur does. What does she do? Does she visit refugee camps? And then what? What? Is she paid? Does she raise money? Have the situations in those places improved? Does she stay in luxury hotels?

Most important, what does she get from this Vanity Fair article? Tina Brown paid $25,000 for features in 1989 while editor there. So, if Graydon Carter is paying writers, what, $50k? for a feature or an exclusive arrangement with a writer, maybe Mia got $250,000 for subjecting herself and her children to the interviews. Sounds like child abuse to me.

Howard Roark said...

What kind of parent would make such a revelation publicly about the paternity of their own child?

john said...

(Short of a paternity test.) See how confidently he can hold a cigarette in one hand and a whiskey on the rocks in the other. Preferably while exiting a helicopter.

I doubt Woody Allen could do that without spilling or burning a hole in his pants.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

This lets Woody off the hook on more than just Ronan's paternity.

madAsHell said...

Possibly??


Yeah.....those are Woody Allen's eyes.

victoria said...

I think your sniffer is right on. I smell a need for attention and a need to sell books.


Vicki from Pasadena

hillbilly said...

The resemblance to a young Sinatra is pretty striking in the picture from this article.

href="http://www.businessinsider.com/frank-sinatra-may-be-father-of-mia-farrow-and-woody-allens-son-ronan-2013-10

cubanbob said...

Forget it Ann, it's Hollywood.
Mia dumps on Woody-probably with a large degree of justification then blows it by implying she had a kid with the love of her life while married to another guy. You're right. It's hooey on so many levels. I suspect that unless the kid really is Frank's kid the DNA test will be done after Woody croaks and before the probate.

CWJ said...

Sorry, it's not just blue eyes. Everything about the eyes says Frank. Nothing about his face says anything Woody. Not saying he is Frank's kid, but its a sure thing he's not Woody's.

As to a DNA test, I don't care. It's not my kid nor my concern. I'm just reacting to the fact you posted this and the comment you made. NTW, thank for the post.

rhhardin said...

Learned in college : don't date actresses.

cf said...

I don't know, Ann, the paternity of this expansive brood seems purposefully unfixed, almost apparitional, certainly irrelevant. Only the tender waifish blonde can hold the dead center, and is sharply defined, crystal clear.
I read this report yesterday -- frustrated at myself for the tut-tut People gazing i was participating in. And am still reflecting on this confluence of American talent breeding itself in such a remarkable way, through one woman, instead of the more traditional semen strewing man-of-many-wives. Have to ponder all of it more to get a handle on this phenom.

But hooie?

Habit, I'd say, learned in this family, discounting the semen strewer and all Hail to the Vagina Dentata with the Big Innocent Eyes.

But I sound judgmental of Ms. Mia and that's not what I mean either. You see? I have to ponder the phenomena longer. And I won't because the nation declines no matter these fine breeds do.

Big Mike said...

Why is someone supposed to care?

Tim Wright said...

Headline....Ronan farrow in talks to host msnbc show....which explains the whole deal....

Tim wright

Irene said...

Ronan also looks a lot like Sinatra in a photo published in the Daily Mail article.

Helenhightops said...

Well, Ronan is apparently an off the charts genius who graduated Bard at fifteen with a double major in philosophy and biology, and was a Rhodes scholar. Frank's other kids don't seem that smart, so that goes against it. But he looks like Frank to me. How did I not hear Mia's kid was a Rhodes scholar? Woody is a perv.

Henry said...

Looks like a replicant to me.

Kelly said...

In the article I read it stated that Ronan has been treated like a member of the Sinatra family for years which Nancy Sinatra confirmed in an email. I'd never even heard of the kid, but he's pretty hunky. He didn't get that from Woody.

A. Shmendrik said...

Well, in addition to be being a great performing artist, The Chairman of the Board was nobody's fool when it came to finances. His will was published a long time ago, probably within a year after his death. Homes to the missus, cash to pals and stepchildren, modest funds to his 3 children. That's about it. Oh, the rest of it? Was in a trust, which needn't be publicly disclosed. My friends in LA's estate planning community say Ol' Blues Eyes had an estimated net worth north of $600M at the time of his death.

There was as shitload of $$ involved, so that's why people care. Frank took care of it quietly, via trust, with strong confidentiality provisions. If that is his offspring, he is the richest in the Farrow clan.

EDH said...

The heck with DNA, do an anagram with Scrabble pieces of the name Ronan Farrow a la Roman Castevet in "Rosemary's Baby".

Althouse: "He's got blue eyes..."

"He has his father's eyes."

Lydia said...

I think he looks like this guy -- Mia Farrow's father.

Here's another photo of him; the mouth especially looks like Ronan's.

Roux said...

He looks a lot like Frank...

dustbunny said...

Not sure what her motivation is for participating in this article but the guy looks A LOT like Sinatra. The hate towards Allen is strong in that family

Jeff with one 'f' said...

http://gothamist.com/2013/10/02/does_mia_farrows_son_look_more_like.php

William said...

I read through the comments. Mia is not getting much love. OK, they're both Hollywood celebrities given to self indulgence and grandiose acts. But the difference is that Mia's grandiosity revolves around good deeds and Allen's indulgence involved a spectacularly evil sin......Mia apparently got it on with her ex husband. That happens. Allen got it on with Mia's daughter. That shouldn't happen.

gadfly said...

"Nancy Sinatra Jr." Well - the authority on everything, Metafilter, says she can be a "junior."

Frank Sinatra's wife was christened Nancy Rose Barbato before marriage and she is referred to as Nancy Sinatra Senior on the Sinatra Family website.

The "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" daughter is named Nancy Sandra Sinatra.

As were are all familiar, Bush 43 and Bush 41 shared George as a first name but the 'Booshes" didn't get involved with linking George Herbert Walker and George Walker with senior and junior suffixes.

So if the Nancy's can be Jr. and Sr. one of life's great truths has gone by the boards for me.

Eric said...

I read through the comments. Mia is not getting much love. OK, they're both Hollywood celebrities given to self indulgence and grandiose acts. But the difference is that Mia's grandiosity revolves around good deeds and Allen's indulgence involved a spectacularly evil sin......Mia apparently got it on with her ex husband. That happens. Allen got it on with Mia's daughter. That shouldn't happen.

I think paternity fraud (assuming she represented Ronan as Allen's child) is worse than what Allen did. Farrow and Allen were never married. They didn't even live together.

David said...

Julie C said...
I saw this story this morning. Why now? Why rehash all this stuff?


Book.

David said...

Ronan used to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Had some work done, just to keep everyone guessing.



David said...

This came out on the day that John Farrow, Mia's brother, was to be sentenced in Maryland for child molestation, so I smell a slightly different rat here.

John Farrow looks like a twin of his (and Mia's) father John, and as Lydia pointed out above, Roman also looks like his grandfather, who was a playboy of the first order and about whom there was always the whiff of a very charming fraud.

Can Ronan sing? Frank Jr. can sing (poor guy) but not quite like his dad. What a tough act to follow.

EDH said...

Ah, ha! From Wikipedia:

Mia Farrow asserted in 2006 that his proper name is Seamus Ronan Farrow, and was subsequently changed to Ronan Seamus Farrow "because everyone in America would mispronounce it and call him Seemus.

Just like the movie, we were using the wrong name...

Seamus Ronan Farrow =anagram=> Anus of raw ransomer.

William said...

If you had a choice, would you rather be the son of one of the ten coolest guys of the 20th century or the son of the most famous child molester of that century. I'm thinking Ronan would prefer that paternity, especially given the resentment that Allen engenders among other family members. His illegitimacy, in this case, gives him more acceptance within the family and more cachet in society at large. Lucky bastard.

Andrew said...

At times like this, I always think of what Ava Gardner said when Frank married Mia:

"I always knew Frank would end up with a boy."

James said...

He's clearly Woody Allen's son. I think he looks a lot like Frank Sinatra, but so did Mia Farrow.

Crunchy Frog said...

I've got a Turinese shroud I'd like to sell you.

I was wondering what happened to that thing.

Linus said...

Why the admission now?

Just a guess but I'll go with: despite all the (no doubt genuine) public anger when the divorce happened (who wants to get humiliated like that?) Farrow's marriage with Allen was clearly more complicated than the long suffering wife and the philanderer (with adopted daughter no less) storyline that got played out in the media ad nauseum.

Maybe there's a memoir in the works or something but really it's an adult admission that people's lives are sometimes (and maybe more than sometimes) more complex than the two dimensional image assigned to them by reporters, gawkers, and gossips.

The woman isn't running for office - she gets to be more honest than politicians and preachers (not that you wanted to hear more from John Edwards but at least we know what a classless act he could be). I don't think it makes her look better (in the morally pure sense). But I also don't think it makes her look worse. It just makes the situation look more complicated than probably most people knew at the time.

Eric said...

If you had a choice, would you rather be the son of one of the ten coolest guys of the 20th century or the son of the most famous child molester of that century.

There's no evidence Woody Allen is a child molester.

SgtPete said...

I just called my Mom. She said that Frank is my real Dad. That explains my singing and looks. Now, does anyone have Nancy's phone number? We need to talk.