Woody Allen Paternity Test
While adding another child-related scandal to his life might not have been on the top of Woody Allen’s to-do list, the mud was officially slung last week when Mia Farrow revealed to Vanity Fair that her 25-year-old son, Ronan Farrow, may be the offspring of the “great love of her life”, legendary singer Frank Sinatra, as opposed to the product of her long-term relationship with writer/director Woody Allen.
In an interview with the Palm Springs paper, The Desert Sun, Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s widow, countered that the announcement was a “phoney deal,” claiming to be completely unaware of any related speculation on the matter. Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra, Jr., was more ambiguous in her response, declaring Ronan to be “a big part of us.” Allen’s representatives also scorned Farrow’s announcement to the Associated Press, declaring the article “fictitious and extravagantly absurd.” Of the matter, Ronan Allen himself tweeted, “Listen, we’re all possibly Frank Sinatra’s son.”
Long estranged from Woody Allen, Ronan Farrow has had a prestigious academic and professional career, including graduating from Yale Law School, receiving a Rhodes Scholarship, and holding the position of special adviser to the Secretary of State for global youth issues.
This is far from the first case in which celebrities have become embroiled in a paternity controversy. Famous people, such as Eddie Murphy, Boris Becker, Chris Rock, and Steve Jobs, have all been involved with paternity cases through which DNA testing was used to achieve a definitive resolution, or at least to reveal the truth.
DNA tests – particulary paternity tests – have a reputation as being needed only by the poor, or only by people in certain neighborhoods. As Hollywood continues to provide examples to the contrary, one would hope that this misguided stereotype would falter, but as yet it hasn’t budged.
Health Street provides both legal DNA tests and home paternity tests for those curious about biological relationships. A simple cheek swab can be administered by a professional technician in a clinic, or in the privacy of one’s own home. Specimens are processed by an AABB accredited laboratory, and delivered via email, along with lifelong peace of mind.