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|“It’s crucial that everybody bands together to help, because as human beings, we have responsibility for each other.” – Mia Farrow|
Mia Farrow, internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist, was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in September 2000. As a powerful advocate for children, she campaigns tirelessly for their rights around the world, with a special focus on children impacted by armed conflict.
Ms. Farrow has worked extensively to raise funds and awareness for children whose lives have been affected by violence in countries such as Angola, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and Nigeria. Along with her son, Ronan, a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, she has visited Darfur, Sudan, several times to highlight the devastating impact of continued violence on women and children.
Ms. Farrow also travels and campaigns extensively in her own capacity to help raise awareness about humanitarian issues. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.
Born in Los Angeles, Ms. Farrow was the first American actress to be accepted as a member of London's Royal Shakespeare Company. She made her stage debut in an off-Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. A starring role in the television series Peyton Place followed.
Her performance in Roman Polanski’s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby was widely acclaimed and since then she has made more than 40 films, including, The Great Gatsby, Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and her Sisters, Alice, The Omen and Be Kind Rewind. She has also starred in several Broadway and off-Broadway productions. In 1997, she published a memoir titled, What Falls Away.
Ms. Farrow has also been honoured for her humanitarian work. The Presidential Medal of Honor was presented to Ms. Farrow during her mission to Central African Republic in 2007. Refugees International honoured both Ms. Farrow and her son, Ronan, with the 2008 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award, given for extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people.
Ms. Farrow lives in Connecticut with her family.