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Mia and Woody: Love, Betrayal and Heartbreak

Mia and Woody: Love, Betrayal and Heartbreak

by Kristi Groteke, Marjorie Rosen (Editor)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Groteke, who was in college when she was hired by Mia Farrow as a nanny, admits that her account of the acrimonious, headline-grabbing breakup of Farrow and Woody Allen ``is not intended as an objective account.'' True to her word, she praises Farrow as a devoted parent (``a mother with a capital M'') while disparaging Allen as ``rude and antisocial.'' The trouble in Farrow's ``unconventional household,'' comprised of her 11 adopted and biological children (including a crack baby and a blind Vietnamese child), began when Farrow found photos taken by Allen of her adopted teenage daughter Soon-Yi in the nude. Subsequently, Farrow brought charges that Allen sexually molested their seven-year-old daughter, Dylan. A numbing round of lawyers, psychiatrists and extended court testimony ensues, laced with occasional tidbits (e.g., that Allen is neurotically fearful of germs) and an intimation that Mia's sister Steffi had an affair with Allen. Writing with Rosen, a senior writer at People magazine, Groteke portrays two pampered celebrities who have lost their grasp of reality. Photos not seen by PW. 100,000 first printing. (May)
Ilene Cooper
It's Woody and Mia as seen through the eyes of their children's baby-sitter. No, it's not a segment of "A Current Affair"; in fact, it's several notches above that. Still, the topic being what it is, readers will want answers to questions like, What is he, nuts? or What is she, nuts? Groteke actually delivers at least some of the goods we've all been waiting for. Here's the background: just before the scandal broke, Groteke, a Connecticut neighbor of Farrow's, came to spend the summer as a nanny. Over the next several years, she became both friend and confidante to Farrow; thus, while her manuscript was not vetted by the actress, it does tell her side of it. Groteke, however, tries to be fair to Allen. She does not presume to say whether he molested his adopted daughter, Dylan, but she does describe what happened on the day when the alleged abuse took place, and she also comments on Allen's fawning devotion to Dylan (to the exclusion of his son, Satchel). The details of those horrific months when Farrow's family was torn apart and relentless reporters dogged their every step make for fascinating reading. Groteke's account of the custody hearing itself proves especially interesting, as does the appendix, which reprints Judge Wilk's entire judgment, devastating in its opinion of Allen. There are surprises here, too. For instance, we learn that even after Farrow found the nude pictures of Soon-yi, she still continued to see Allen, have dinner with him, and speak constantly with him on the phone. When Groteke asks how Farrow could have stayed with him even before the Soon-yi affair, considering he verbally attacked her, wanted nothing to do with her children, and refused to marry her, Farrow talks about Allen's brilliance and how superior she felt him to be. So maybe they were both nuts.

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Avalon Publishing Group
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