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Meet Ronan Farrow, the 31-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen who graduated college at 15 and helped expose Harvey Weinstein
Ronan Farrow’s new book, “Catch and Kill,” is set to be released on Tuesday. It tells the story behind his Harvey Weinstein exposé. It’s the latest accomplishment in the 31-year-old Hollywood progeny’s short – but eventful – life so far, which also includes graduating college at 15 and winning a Pulitzer. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Ronan Farrow’s new book on the Harvey Weinstein scandal is set to be released on Tuesday, and it’s just the latest highlight in the 31-year-old’s accomplished life. Born to parents Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Ronan has always lived in the limelight, but as an adult he has come out from behind his parents’ shadows to make a name for himself as a journalist. Ronan was a wunderkind, graduating college at the age of 15 and winning a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He’s also anchored his own TV show and written for numerous outlets. Here’s how Ronan reached where he is now.Ronan Farrow was born Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow on December 19, 1987. Even at birth, he was in the spotlight, thanks to being the son of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow.Foto: Mia Farrow and Woody Allen are pictured in 1988. Farrow holds baby Ronan (who was then called Satchel) while Allen holds adopted daughter Dylan.sourceDavid Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty ImagesRonan was named after Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige. While he was known as Satchel as a child, he later went by the nickname Seamus, and eventually his middle name. Ronan’s parents had been together for nearly a decade when they had him, and he was their only biological child.Foto: Soon-Yi Previn is seen carrying baby brother Ronan through London Heathrow Airport in August 1988.sourceVictor Crawshaw/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty ImagesSource: The New York TimesFarrow and Allen started dating in 1979 and collaborated on 13 films together over 10 years. But they never got married and maintained separate residences across Central Park from each other. Four years after Ronan’s birth, Allen legally became father to two of Farrow’s adopted children, Moses and Dylan.Foto: Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.sourceDiane Freed/Hulton Archive/getty ImagesRonan’s family was thrust further into the spotlight in January 1992, when his mother discovered nude photos of her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, at Allen’s apartment, leading to the couple’s break-up and a nasty custody battle.Foto: Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn make the cover of the New York Daily News in August 1992.sourceNew York Daily News/GettySoon-Yi was Farrow’s adopted daughter with her ex-husband, the conductor and composer Andre Previn. Following the scandal, Soon-Yi and Allen eventually got married and adopted two children of their own.Foto: Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi leaving after the premiere of his new movie, “Sweet And Lowdown,” in Los Angeles on December 2, 1999.sourceBrenda Chase/Getty ImagesAllen and Farrow’s custody battle further escalated seven months later, when Allen was accused of molesting 7-year-old daughter Dylan.Foto: Amid his custody battle with Farrow, Allen is seen carrying son Ronan past paparazzi in April 1993.sourceRick Maiman/Sygma via Getty ImagesSource: The OutlineAllen was never charged with a crime, but he lost custody of Ronan and his two adopted children. Farrow largely raised her family at her home in Bridgewater, Connecticut.Foto: Ronan Farrow holds his mother’s hand during an outing to the bank in Bridgewater as a child.sourceRick Maiman/Sygma via Getty ImagesTo this day, Ronan does not have a close relationship with his father. Ronan told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that he has had contact with his father “over the years, but he is not someone that I keep up with regularly.”Foto: Ronan Farrow pals around with his father on the set of “Everyone Says I Love You” in October 1995.sourceRon Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesSources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, PeopleRonan has been open about his opinion of Allen and Previn’s relationship, calling it “such a moral transgression.” And he publicly voiced support of his sister Dylan when she renewed her allegations against Allen in the wake of the #MeToo movement.Foto: Ronan Farrow in 2006.sourceAP/Fritz ReissSources: The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, PeopleA precocious child, Ronan’s intellect started to show at an early age. When he was in elementary school, he often stayed inside during lunch to chat with his teacher instead of play outside with the other children.Foto: Ronan Farrow holds his mother’s hand at Los Angeles International Airport in May 1998.sourceRon Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesSource: The Hollywood Reporter He skipped multiple grades, and by the age of 11, his mother started driving him an hour each way to Bard College at Simon’s Rock, where he was the youngest student to enroll.Foto: Ronan is pictured with his mother and some of his siblings at Liza Minnelli’s wedding to producer David Gest in March 2002.sourceArnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)Source: The Hollywood Reporter At the age of 15, he became the youngest person ever to graduate from Bard, earning degrees in philosophy and biology. After graduating college, 16-year-old Ronan got an internship working for Richard Holbrooke on John Kerry’s presidential campaign.Foto: Ronan is pictured with his mother in 2002 – the year he graduated from college.sourceCarmen Valdes/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesSources: Yale Law School, The Hollywood ReporterRonan was too young to get his own apartment, so he stayed on the couch of family friends Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols.Foto: sourceAnna Webber / Getty ImagesSource: The Hollywood ReporterIn 2005, at the age of 18, Ronan started law school at Yale, earning his degree in 2009. He remains a member of the New York Bar to this day.Foto: The Yale campus is pictured above.sourcef11photo/ShutterstockSources: The Hollywood Reporter, New York State Unified Court System, YaleMeanwhile, from 2001-2009, Ronan acted as a youth spokesman for UNICEF, traveling around Africa. It was during a trip to the Sudan as a teen that Ronan contracted a serious bone infection. That infection led him to being in a wheelchair for four years, including his early years at Yale.Foto: Farrow is pictured doing work for UNICEF with his mother in the Sudan in November 2004.sourceShehzad Noorani/UNICEF via Getty ImagesSources: UNICEF, The Hollywood Reporter“I couldn’t wear pants for several years because I had these giant metal halos holding my bones together,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “So I had to wear stretchy MC Hammer pants. I spoke on the Hill in the Hammer pants, and I went to my first law school classes in the Hammer pants. It ain’t great when you’re trying to live your life and date and be a normal person.”Foto: sourceWikimedia CommonsSource: The Hollywood ReporterAs President Barack Obama took office, Ronan followed his mentor, Holbrooke, to the State Department, eventually becoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special adviser on global youth issues.Foto: Ronan Farrow attends the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards And CGCA Blue Carpet at Sheraton New York Times Square on September 21, 2014 in New York City.sourcePaul Zimmerman/WireImageSources: The New York Times, ForbesFarrow made Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2011. At the age of 24, the magazine ranked him at the top of its list of young people in law and policy.Foto: Farrow is pictured in December 2011, the same month he was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.sourceAnn Hermes / The Christian Science Monitor via Getty ImagesSources: The New York Times, ForbesIn 2011, Ronan won a prestigious Rhodes scholarship and used it to study international relations at Oxford, which only 32 American students get every year. Past recipients include former President Bill Clinton, musician Kris Kristofferson, and MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.Foto: The Oxford campus is pictured above.sourceMoment Mobile ED/GettySources: The New York Times, Huffington Post, US News and World ReportBy the early 2010s, Ronan was becoming more and more recognizable. In 2013, Vice published a story outing Farrow as gay. Ronan didn’t publicly confirm his sexuality for another five years.Foto: sourcePhoto by Eugene Gologursky/Getty ImagesSources: Vice, AdvocateRonan’s longterm relationship with former Obama speechwriter and Crooked Media co-founder Jon Lovett was confirmed on the Recode Decode podcast in 2018. In August 2019, the couple bought a $1.87 million home in Los Angeles, according to Variety.Foto: Ronan Farrow poses with his longtime boyfriend, podcaster Jon Lovett, at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party.sourceEmma McIntyre /VF19/WireImageSources: Recode Decode, VarietyIt was also in 2013 that Mia Farrow threw into question Ronan’s parentage, telling Vanity Fair that he was “possibly” the son of her ex-husband Frank Sinatra, who she was married to in the 1960s.Foto: Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra are pictured on their wedding day in 1966.sourceBettmann/GettySource: Vanity FairThe rumor had persisted over the years as Ronan grew more and more to resemble Ol’ Blue Eyes. Ronan joked in a tweet: “Listen, we’re all *possibly* Frank Sinatra’s son.” For Allen’s part, he told Vulture that he believes Ronan is his son but he “wouldn’t bet my life on it.”Foto: From left to right: Frank Sinatra, Ronan Farrow, Woody Allen.sourceGettySources: Vulture, The WrapAfter finishing his Rhodes scholarship at Oxford, Ronan started writing foreign policy pieces for outlets like The New York Times and The Atlantic, which eventually helped land him his own show on MSNBC.Foto: Farrow appears on the “Today” show in December 2013.sourcePeter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesSources: The New York Times, The AtlanticWhile “Ronan Farrow Daily” was short-lived, Ronan remained at NBC News, where he continued to work on investigative pieces for the network.Foto: Farrow is seen promoting his book “War on Peace” in New York in April 2018.sourceDaniel Zuchnik/Getty ImagesSource: The Hollywood ReporterIt was in the fall of 2016 that he first heard about the allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein during a pitch meeting with NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Foto: Harvey Weinstein.sourceREUTERS/Steve CrispSource: The Hollywood ReporterAfter Ronan tossed out an idea of a story on sexual harassment in Hollywood, Oppenheim pointed out that actress Rose McGowan had accused an executive of raping her on Twitter, and that it was an open secret that it was Weinstein.Foto: October 27, 2017.sourceRebecca Cook/ReutersSource: The Hollywood Reporter Ronan started digging into the story, but alleges that Weinstein soon found out he was on his trail and started threatening the network that he would expose the truth about Matt Lauer. The NBC News anchor was ultimately ousted from the network in the fall of 2017 over a rape allegation.Foto: Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, U.S., May 25, 2018.sourceGettySources: The Hollywood Reporter, VarietyWhen NBC News refused to run Ronan’s story, he says, he took it to The New Yorker instead. But The New York Times beat Ronan to breaking the news about Weinstein’s history of paying out settlements to actresses and female employees.Foto: sourceThe New YorkerSources: The New York Times, The New YorkerFive days later, Ronan’s report gave further details of the allegations against Weinstein, including reporting that he had sexually assaulted or harassed 13 women, and raped three. Weinstein was indicted and charged with predatory sexual assault and rape. His trial is set for 2020.Foto: Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, U.S., May 25, 2018.sourceShannon Stapleton /ReutersSources: The New Yorker, Page SixFarrow was later recognized for his work exposing Harvey Weinstein with a Pulitzer Prize in public service, which he shares with New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey.Foto: Journalists Jodi Kantor, left, and Megan Twohey attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in New York.sourceEvan Agostini/Invision/APSource: The New YorkerRonan has stayed on as a reporter at large at The New Yorker, writing several follow-ups on Weinstein as well as other accused sexual harassers, including former CBS CEO Les Moonves.Foto: Farrow is pictured with actress Rose McGowan in February 2018. McGowan was one of the man actresses to speak out against Weinstein.sourceNoam Galai/Getty ImagesSource: The New YorkerRonan is set to release a new book on October 15 called “Catch and Kill”, which details how he uncovered the Weinstein scandal and the issues he faced bringing these allegations to light. Much of the book outlines the harassment he received trying to report the stories.Foto: Farrow’s book is set to be released October 15.sourceLittle, Brown and CompanySource: Little, Brown and CompanyIn January 2018, he also inked an HBO deal to develop an investigative documentary series. “His work has contributed to this watershed moment in our culture, and we are excited to provide a platform for this dogged reporter to pursue projects that continue to speak truth to power,” HBO Programming President Casey Bloys said in a statement.Foto: Ronan Farrow attends the 78th Annual Peabody Awards on May 18, 2019.sourceJohn Lamparski/WireImageSources: Variety, HBOMany will be watching what 31-year-old Ronan Farrow does next.Foto: Ronan Farrow attends the 78th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on May 18, 2019 in New York City.sourceJohn Lamparski/WireImageThe post Meet Ronan Farrow, the 31-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen who graduated college at 15 and helped expose Harvey Weinstein appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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