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Biography of Mia FARROW


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Mia Farrow born Maria de Lourdes Villiers-Farrow (February 9, 1945),  is an acclaimed American actress and humanitarian activist,works tirelessly as a staunch advocate for children’s rights, raising funds and awareness for children in conflict-affected regions, predominantly Africa. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked extensively to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio, which she survived as a child.

Her latest humanitarian effort raises awareness of the genocide occurring in Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic.

In addition to her humanitarian efforts, Farrow is an accomplished actress who gained national attention through her role in the television classic, “Peyton Place.” She starred in more than 40 movies, including “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Great Gatsby,” and “Hannah and Her Sisters.” She has completed work on two films being released in 2008: ”Be Kind Rewind” with Jack Black, directed by Michel Gondry, and the first part of director Luc Besson’s planned trilogy of fantasy films, “Arthur and the Invisibles.”

she has focused on humanitarian efforts, particularly involving war-threatened children in Africa, and taking care of her family - she has 14 children, 10 of them adopted.

2008 Summer Olympics, she asked for a different kind of pressure for help, against the big commercial sponsors of what she calls the "Genocide Olympics" scheduled for August in Beijing - companies such as McDonald's and Microsoft. In exchange for Sudanese oil, she said, China supplies much of the weaponry used to attack unarmed villages.

She asked that people plead with the sponsors to act responsibly to help, or to demand that China press Sudan's government to stop the killings and to allow in more peacekeepers. And for President Bush not to attend at least the opening ceremonies of the games in protest.

Farrow called the millions who have been displaced without food, water or medical care, and the hundreds of thousands who have died, been mutilated and raped, "the victims of our indifference."

"What message have we sent after five years to the people of Darfur?" she asked. "Only that they are expendable chips in a much larger game?"

She knew the names of many whom she photographed. Some photos showed older women fetching firewood because of the risk of rape, to spare the younger women.

And children's drawings depicted helicopter attacks, shootings and rapes in their villages.

"I think, really, this is a defining moment for us as human beings," Farrow concluded. "If not now, then when?"

In 2008, she was selected by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

May 8th 2008, Mia and her son Ronan Farrow were honored with the 2008 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award.

The McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award honors those who have shown extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people. The award was instituted in memory of three people -- David and Penny McCall and Yvette Pierpaoli who died during a Refugees International mission to Albania in 1999. Past recipients include Kofi and Nane Annan, Ambassador John Danforth, Julia Taft and Lord Mark and Lady Malloch Brown.


Quotes:“It’s crucial that everybody bands together to help, because as human beings, we have responsibility for each other.” – Mia Farrow


Last update : 03/16/2010

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