Thursday, May 30, 2024

Frank Sinatra’s Widow Calls Mia Farrow’s Claim “A Phony Deal”


Here’s another voice in the mess Mia Farrow and Maureen Orth caused this week. Barbara Sinatra, widow of Frank, was reached by The Desert Sun in Palm Springs yesterday. Barbara, who published a memoir last year, called the “possibility” that Mia’s son Ronan was fathered by Frank and not Woody Allen: “A phony deal.”

Barbara told the Sun:  “It’s just a bunch of junk. There’s always junk written — lies that aren’t true.”

Sinatra also told the paper that Ronan was left nothing in Frank’s will. Sinatra died in 1998 when Ronan was 11 years old.

As I wrote yesterday, when Ronan– originally named Satchel– was conceived in March-April 1987, Farrow was shooting “September” with Woody in Connecticut. She wrote in her memoir “What Falls Away,” that she was Allen’s “constant companion.” The movie “September” was shot and then re-shot with a different cast. Mia was in both casts. Sinatra was performing in Las Vegas. He was 71 years old. Randy as Sinatra was, he wasn’t a time traveler.

Orth is the worst kind of journalist. She’s colluded with Farrow to “get” Woody Allen. She questions nothing that Farrow tells her for the Vanity Fair article. She simply accepts and presents it. Why didn’t she call Barbara Sinatra? Or look into the timeline of where both people were physically in that time period?

I’ll tell you why: because she didn’t care if it was true. Nice work.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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