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Mia Farrow's Trim - Mia Farrow, who portrayed the popular heroine Allison Mackenzie on the prime time soap opera PEYTON PLACE/ABC/1964‑69, cut her blond hair (that hung halfway down her back) to less than a few inches in length prior to her marriage to Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas on July 19, 1966. Her daring decision shocked and astounded her fans all over the world.

Mia Farrow - LIFE MAGAZINE COVER

Reportedly, she cut her hair in imitation of Julie Harris' hairstyle in the film The Member of the Wedding (1952) and wore her pixie cut in the British spy melodrama A Dandy in Aspic (1968).

On the March 11, 1997 installment of THE TONIGHT SHOW Mia Farrow told host Jay Leno that she was "Mystified then and mystified now" about all of the fuss she attracted for cutting her hair. After all, she "just wanted a change."

In her book "What Falls Away: A Memoir" (Doubleday, 1997 p. 107) Mia said, "There was wild speculation as to why I'd done it; some said it was to spite Frank and back in New York, Dali (Salvador), never one to minimize, labeled it 'mythical suicide'."

Mia Farrow - TV Guide cover
Modern Screen Magazine  Cover Shot Cast Photograph from Peyton Place Series TV Guide Magazine Front Cover
Mia Farrow with long hair

In the 1990s, a crop of copy cat haircuts similar to Farrow's cap-tight blond bob could be seen on such Hollywood celebrities as Sharon Stone, Kim Basinger, Gail O'Grady, Kristin Scott Thomas and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The new craze started in 1995 when Josie Bissett, then starring as Jane on MELROSE PLACE cut off her golden locks. Then Teri Hatcher of LOIS AND CLARK soon followed by cutting her long brunette tresses. Both Teri and Josie had their hair cut by Laurent Dufourg of Prive Salon who was known in Tinseltown as the "Stylist to the Stars."

Again, in 2003, celebrities like Alyssa Milano, Cyndi Lauper and Sharon Stone began sporting a fresh and energetic "Pixie" short cut hair style. William George, stylist and owner of the James Joseph Salon in Boston commented on the trend with "This cut makes more mature women look younger, and younger women look more daring."

TRIVIA NOTE: Mia Farrow and her sister, Prudence attended a religious retreat in India with the Beatles to see a Guru during their "flower power" days in the 1960s. While there, Prudence was acting like a stick-in-the-mud and had to be coaxed to "come out and play" which inspired John Lennon to write the song "Dear Prudence"


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