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What Falls Away: A Memoir – Mia Farrow


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First Edition, Doubleday, 1997, Hardback with removable protective plastic wrap – Biographical – 370pp.

In this exquisitely written memoir, Mia Farrow takes us on a journey into her remarkable life. As the daughter of actress Maureen O’Sullivan and film director John Farrow, she lived what was by all appearances a charmed and privileged childhood. But below the surface, money troubles, marital tensions, drinking, and occasionally violence marred the Hollywood illusion.

And when Mia was nine, she would be forever wrenched from childhood by the terrible isolation of a bout with polio. Her father’s death propelled her out into the world, where she embarked onto an acting career that included television, theatre, and film—from her debut in Peyton Place to her first starring role in Rosemary’s Baby, and on to her thirteen films with Woody Allen.

Here is a luminous memoir of childhood and motherhood, a thoughtful exploration of a spiritual journey, and a candid examination of her marriages to Frank Sinatra and André Previn and her close but troubled twelve-year relationship with Woody Allen. Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humour, What Falls Away is an unforgettable book, an extraordinary record of an extraordinary life.

“A simply elegant memoir.”—Newsweek

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