NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A simply elegant memoir.”—Newsweek
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 a 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, theater, 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 humor, What Falls Away is an unforgettable book, an extraordinary record of an extraordinary life.
Praise for What Falls Away
“Compelling and convincing . . . a story of survival.”—Chicago Tribune
“A beautifully written memoir . . . about complex people and issues.”—The Atlanta Journal
“A juicy book and a good one.”—Time
“Farrow’s book possesses an elegance of prose and sensibility that elevates it way beyond the typical gorefest of sex, gossip, and betrayal.”—USA Today
“A stellar new memoir . . . it’s all there, every wondrous, scandalous, inhumanely difficult thing.”—Mirabella
“Mia Farrow tells the story of her fascinating life with uncommon grace and insight.”—William Styron
“Word by word, page by page, we’re convince. We believe her.”—Newsday
“One of the best writers to ever come out of Hollywood. She writes with extraordinary wit and polish. This is good news from Frank Sinatra, André Previn, and the hundreds of other celebrities who make cameo appearances in her fabulous life, but it is very bad news for Woody Allen.”—Pat Conroy
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About the Author
Mia Farrow is an American actress who became an icon for her award-nominated performance as Rosemary Woodhouse in the horror classic Rosemary's Baby. She was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and is the eldest daughter of Australian director John Farrow. Before she became an actress, Farrow was a model for many years. Mia Farrow is also an activist and has done extensive work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2008. Farrow has starred in dozens of movies, including John and Mary, The Great Gatsby (1974), Widows' Peak, and Luc Besson's Arthur series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an exquisitely written memoir. I'm so glad that I read it as I never really knew much about Mia Farrow's life except what I read in newspapers or magazines (and that's been a while).Written in spare, beautifully crafted prose, as another review stated, "What Falls Away is a work that owes more to literary tradition than celebrity autobiography." She narrates and has the golden voice and her writing style is beautiful (could have been a writer of books, for certain).She's a wonderful human being, with flaws of course, but if there were more people like her in the world, all would be well....Woody, well, that's a whole other story that was seemingly swept under the rug or if it wasn't then (1992), it sure has faded away today...(an eye opener about that guy).
I loved this book. So truthful and honest! Written from the heart! Vanessa
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
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!