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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What did Woody Allen say about waving to Mia Farrow in the park?

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Why: In the "Sex and the City" episode "Evolution" -
CARRIE - In your mind, what is the ideal living situation for two people in a relationship?
BIG - Exactly what we have.
CARRIE - And what is that?
BIG - I have my place, you have yours. We're together when we want to be, we're apart when we want to be.
CARRIE - Like Woody and Mia.
BIG - Before Soon-Yi.
CARRIE (v.o.) - Ever since Woody Allen described waving to Mia Farrow across the Park, single men in Manhattan have yearned for that kind of separate togetherness.
Answer: From "Woody and Mia: A New York Story," published Feb. 24, 1991:

Allen and Farrow very much lead their own lives, while continuing a relationship that is the longest either has had. By any standard, it is not a conventional union. They are not married, neither do they live together; their apartments face each other across Central Park. When they began to date, they would wave towels out the window as they spoke on the phone, delighting in saying they could see the other. Her apartment -- which in addition to nine children and a nanny is home to two cats, a canary, a parakeet, several chinchillas and assorted tropical fish -- was used for her scenes in "Hannah and Her Sisters," which Allen directed in 1986.

"It's sort of like just enough," Allen explains one day in his Fifth Avenue apartment, a duplex penthouse with country furniture and a wraparound view of Manhattan and all of Central Park. "Perhaps if we were to live together or if we met at a different time in our lives it wouldn't work. But it seems to be just right. I have all the free time I want and it's quiet over here, and yet I get plenty of action over there. I think it's because we don't live together and that she has her own life completely and that I have mine that we're able to maintain this relationship with a certain proper tension. If we got married years ago and lived together, maybe now we'd be screaming, 'What have we gotten into?' These things are so exquisitely tuned. It's just luck."


The More You Know: After 12 years together, Allen and Farrow separated in 1992 after Farrow discovered nude photographs that Allen had taken of Soon-Yi.

Allen and Farrow's only biological son, Ronan Seamus Farrow, said of Allen:
He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I can not see him. I can not have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent... I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.

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