What falls Away

What falls Away

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by Mia Farrow
     
 

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In an exquisitely written memoir, Mia Farrow introduces us to the landscapes of her extraordinary life.  Moving from her earliest memories of the walled gardens and rocky shores of western Ireland and her Hollywood childhood to her career as an actress, she writes of these experiences and her struggle to protect her children in a painful custody battle

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In an exquisitely written memoir, Mia Farrow introduces us to the landscapes of her extraordinary life.  Moving from her earliest memories of the walled gardens and rocky shores of western Ireland and her Hollywood childhood to her career as an actress, she writes of these experiences and her struggle to protect her children in a painful custody battle with Woody Allen.  It was this crisis that led her to reflect upon the incidents that had brought her to a place so incomprehensible.  Now, in What Falls Away, a memoir resonant not only in its honesty but also in its beautifully crafted prose, Mia Farrow speaks for the first time.

She was born the third of seven children to the beautiful actress Maureen O'Sullivan and successful writer/director John Farrow, but the isolation of a polio ward brought her childhood to an abrupt end at the age of nine.  Several years later, two deaths shattered the security of the family forever, and Mia Farrow embarked upon a journey that would lead her away from the convent education that was to sustain her spiritual courage, to starring roles in Peyton Place and Rosemary's Baby, a marriage to Frank Sinatra, divorce, a defining trip to India, work on the London stage and in film, and marriage to André Previn.  Their life together in England brought them three sons and three daughters before that marriage, too, dissolved and she returned to the United States.

The year 1979 saw the beginning of a new career with brilliant performances in thirteen of Woody Allen's most distinguished films.

Told with grace and deep understanding, as well as humor, What Falls Away goes beneath the surface of this amazing life, with all its drama, success, and pain, and exposes the inner workings of a mind and spirit for whom truth, compassion, and faith are essential.

Mia Farrow's story is ultimately one of hope and courage in the face of difficulty; of commitment to others—most important of whom are her children; and of spiritual strength.  Readers will not easily forget this remarkable book, even long after the last page has been turned.

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Library Journal
In 1992, the custody battle between Farrow, star of 13 Woody Allen films, and Allen, who fathered her son, made headlines. Farrow quietly and clearly narrates the first six cassettes in this account of her life, encompassing events from her early days: her recovery from polio at age nine; marriages to Frank Sinatra and Andr Previn; meditation with a guru in India; and, briefly, acting in film, TV, and theater. She tells of her love for her own children and her many adopted orphans. The last two tapes, read by Cheryl Gaysunas, paint a dark picture of Allen. Aside from the traumatic struggle over the children, this memoir skips on the drama, career, and humor. Of interest mainly to Farrow fans.Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553763348
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
633,016
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.01(d)

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I loved this book. So truthful and honest! Written from the heart! Vanessa
Guest More than 1 year ago
After turning only a few pages of this interesting book, I could not put it down. Dad just had to wait until I finshed it. In fact Dad did not get his 'birthday present' until 3 days later when I had finshed it. Read it and you will find yourself reliving your own childhood. June in Boston
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I couldn't put it down! Mia has had a very interesting life and I'm glad she shared it with us. From Andre Previn, to Frank Sinatra, to Woody Allen, Polio, adoptions, time with the Beatles - it goes on and on. Can't wait for her second book (this one came out before Woody married Soon Ye!). Ladies, you will love this book. Buy it for light reading and you'll soon be lending it to your friends - that's what happened to me. I can't get it back fast enough to read it again!