Ronan Farrow could not possibly be Frank Sinatra’s son, says new book


Back in 2013, Mia Farrow sat down with Vanity Fair for what turned out to be a bombshell interview. Mia discussed many things (including Dylan’s accusations against Woody Allen), but what made a lot of headlines initially was Mia’s seeming admission that her ex-husband Frank Sinatra could have possibly fathered Ronan Farrow. Ronan was always believed to be Woody Allen’s biological son, but Mia’s comments set off a kerfuffle, especially within the established Sinatra family. Frank Sinatra’s widow Barbara slammed the idea that Frank was Ronan’s biological father, and Tina Sinatra (Frank’s daughter) said her father had gotten a vasectomy before he could have possibly fathered Ronan. Tina also called the speculation “nonsense.” And now a “definitive biography” of Frank Sinatra says that the paternity drama is impossible because at the time of conception, Frank was really, really sick.

A new definitive Frank Sinatra biography says there’s no way Ronan Farrow could be the legendary crooner’s son — as Mia Farrow has hinted — because Sinatra was impotent and incapacitated by serious stomach surgery around the time Ronan was conceived.

“Sinatra: The Chairman,” the second volume of James Kaplan’s biography of Sinatra, details how, at the time Ronan would have been conceived, the singer had undergone gastrointestinal surgery. And he had complained of suffering from impotence and was reportedly fitted with a “penile implant.”

The book, out from Doubleday on Oct. 27, says that in October 1986, Sinatra collapsed while performing in Atlantic City, suffering from acute diverticulitis, and doctors removed a portion of his intestine. Sinatra spent the first three months of 1987 in Hawaii and Palm Springs, Calif. Kaplan writes: “Sometime in March, Mia Farrow, then living in New York and in the midst of her 13-year relationship with Woody Allen, conceived [Ronan],” who she later claimed might “possibly” have been sired by Sinatra. The book adds that the singer “was in Hawaii and Palm Springs all the while wearing a colostomy bag and close by his ever-watchful wife,” Barbara.

Kaplan also writes that years earlier in 1983 Sinatra “had been complaining, seriously and humorously, about impotence for a long time; at some point he was reportedly fitted with a penile implant. According to talk in urological circles the device had failed because Frank tried to use it too soon.”

Mia caused a storm by responding to Vanity Fair’s 2013 question if Ronan could be Sinatra’s biological child by simply saying, “Possibly.” Mia was married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968. In 1980, she started a relationship with Allen, and Ronan was born in Dec. 1987. Ronan is the legal child of Allen, but no DNA test has ever been done.

[From Page Six]

At this point, I do actually believe the Sinatra family sources. While I think they’ve been circling the wagons around Frank’s legacy for a while, that doesn’t mean they’re wrong. It’s pretty clear that Sinatra was, at the time of Ronan’s conception, a very sick man. Not to mention the fact that he would have been able to perform to completion at the age of 71, with significant health problems, a possible vasectomy and/or malfunctioning penile implant AND while he was in Palm Springs and Hawaii. All while Fertile Myrtle Mia was at home in NYC. So, yeah. I’m not saying Woody Allen is Ronan’s father, I’m just saying Frank Sinatra is in all likelihood not his father.


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  1. Lilian says:

    Mia looking or attention

    • kcarp says:

      What year are we living in? Hello DNA? It seems like it is a a pretty simple process judging from what I have seen on Maury.

      • phlyfiremama says:

        Kcarp for reals!! It is entirely POSSIBLE that he could be the father, even if it isn’t probable. Numerous health issues do NOT necessarily mean infertile or incapable, just more difficult.

      • Caro says:


      • Caro says:

        A DNA test might not be important to him. He’s not planning to go after Franks estate. He can’t have a relationship with Frank as he’s dead. So maybe he just doesn’t need it confirmed, more importantly maybe his mother’s supposition is enough.

        Besides he’d have to involve a member of the Sinatra clan, in the DNA testing and he probably just doesn’t care at this point. The guys probably still so relieved that the possibility that he may not share gene 1 with woody allen is plenty enough for him.

        Why I don’t believe this latest round of Sinatra naysayers…is that missing from the ‘no he’s not our bro’ chorus are Nancy, and Frank Jr. Plus I distinctly recall at the time this news broke the Sinatra siblings said they enjoyed having Ronan ‘in the family,’ and it very much sounded like they knew or sincerely believed he was Frank’s and like they had been close and known all along! So why are they changing their story now? They seemed united behind him being a bro and actually seemed to have known prior to the world finding out…and now out…not so much? Wonder why? What’s changed? Money?

      • Bluebear says:

        Is it really better for his memory to tell the world Frank had a penile implant for impotence than entertain the possibility that this smart, hardworking, good looking young man could be Sinatra’s?

  2. Arlene says:

    Take out the blue contacts and he doesn’t really look anything like Frank either. Or like Woody, he looks like Mia and her father. Those genes are strong.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      Take out the blue contacts,stop to bleach his hair and the plastic surgeon

    • Cali says:

      It looks like his natural eye color in these photos which looks so much better than those vampire blue contacts he used to wear.

    • minx says:

      Ronan also resembles Mia’s brother Michael, who died in a plane crash when he was 19.

    • Caro says:

      Uh. His eyes are blue. There are pics of him as a child with blue eyes. Not saying he doesn’t wear contacts also, he also may wear contacts that make his blue eyes look bluer. But inferring he doesn’t even have blue eyes is wrong. Just saying.

      Also he had white blonde hair as a kid. Not too difficult to see why he’s still blonde.

    • Caro says:


      Do you have something personal against Mia? Are you a Woody Allen fan?

      The reason I ask is that when people deny the obvious, there are usually personal beefs and resentments behind it.

      Anyone with working eyeballs can see that it’s not the color of Ronan’s eyes so much (though his are indeed blue) it’s how they sit in his head, and his exact brow/bone structure which matches Sinatra’s. Someone even did an overlay of it.

      Saying he resembles his grandfather and mother or uncle is a complete ‘Duh moment. He’s half them, of course he does. The point though is that none of them have that strong hawkish brow that Ronan shares with Sinatra (exact match).

      The Farrows have a more soft, fey delicate brow/bone structure.

      • Arlene says:

        No to both. He’s the image of his grand father, and looks nothing at all like FS to me, and I have perfectly working eyeballs to boot.

      • Rafa says:

        Lots of people resemble one half of their lineage & not the other half. There’s nothing “obvious” about Sinatra being the father unless you’re working from a confirmation bias, which it seems you are. No idea if Woody’s the bio dad, but he could be. Ugly people can have good looking kids. And Ronan isn’t aging well, so who knows? Perhaps the resemblance to Woody will be more clear later in life. To me, Ronan doesn’t even particularly resemble Sinatra. They’re just white dudes with blue eyes.

  3. Cali says:

    This again 😒…😑. I wish this topic would just go away, but Mia did start it so I guess his family wants to settle the matter.

  4. LAK says:

    I wish you’d put up a picture of John Farrow, Mia’s father AND a picture of the young Mia. Ronan looks like them. Not Sinatra.

    • Caro says:


      I don’t get people like you who try to dispute the Sinatra parentage by pointing out how much Roman looks like his own Mom and his Mom’s family. LOL

      HELLO? Why wouldn’t he?

      He has half her genes. Who else is he gonna look like?

      Oh Frank Sinatra, that’s who. Lol

      Main point is, Woody Allen is nowhere to be found in those genes.

    • mayamae says:

      John Farrow:

      @Caro, his similarity to his mother/grandfather is pointed out because those who want him to be a Sinatra use his “similarity” to Frank as proof he’s Frank’s. It’s clear he wants to disavow Woody Allen, and who could blame him. But neither he nor his mother need to claim a different sperm donor – especially one who had a wife at the time, and who can’t deny the claim since he’s dead.

      • Caro says:


        I think you’re confused. How do the similarities with Frank (of which there are many) preclude him from looking like his mother (who looks just like her father) and grandfather? Listen to yourself. Lol

        How about I tell you the parts of his face that look nothing like his grandfather. Ronan’s heavy brow ridge and deep set and hawkish gaze that can look like an angry look – this mirrors Sinatra. The grandfather John has a softer brow not heavy at all…more delicate like Mia’s.

        There’s even an overlay of Frank and Ronan’s brow and eye sockets and it was a complete match. Bone structure my dear, is way more important than the blue eyecolor matching – which is irrelevant.

        Why some some refuse to believe…says more about their resentment of other women.

      • mayamae says:

        @Caro, I’m not confused. But since you want to call names, I will suggest you’re overly invested.

        And do not even attempt to tell me I resent other women. That, “my dear”, is barking up the wrong tree.

        FYI: Throwing in an “Lol” after an insult, doesn’t negate the insult. Just in case your “confused”.

  5. Bridget says:

    I’ve always thought the whole Sinatra business was more as an F You at Woody than anything.

    • ladysussex says:

      Bridget I totally agree with you. And I really think they also perpetuated the rumors/speculation to get attention for his career in media. Those fake blue contacts were super try-hard and it really seemed he wore them just to try to spur on the comparison to “old blue eyes”. His facial features are nothing like FS.

      • Kelly says:

        Totally. I think she would say anything to get at Woody and can’t say I blame her with the exception of throwing paternity at someone else.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      I agree with you

    • FuefinaWG says:

      Mia Farrow should just move on! How much energy is this woman using to completely hate, hate, hate Woody Allen?
      Her adopted daughter is now happily married to the man.
      Let it go …

    • lisa says:

      ita and i get it, i really get why they want to distance themselves

      but back when mia was with woody, she was a BIG fangirl of him, i dont really buy her wanting to step out at all

      and she was dressing like someone who made her own yogurt. if barbara had let frank out of her sight, i dont see mia being appealing to frank at this time at all.

    • susiecue says:

      Yeah I think we all just really want him to be Frank’s son, because it would be juicy and he wouldn’t be Woody Allen’s son.

  6. Naya says:

    Mia wasnt serious about the Sinatra claim and I doubt Ronan gave it any credence. It was just a blow at Woody. It was just a “guy steals your daughter, so you steal his son” thing.

    • Carol says:

      @naya thats what I think too. I just thought Mia was trying to stir the pot with her comment but didnt think she was serious about it.

    • Jayna says:

      What a horrible and tacky thing to do to the widow of Frank Sinatra, who I imagine did care and many will believe her husband was cheating on her — all to get back at Woody, show disrespect to the widow of Frank Sinatra.

      • LAK says:

        Mia has shown in the past that she doesn’t respect other people. This was very obvious dig at Woody, too bad about the collateral damage, including to herself.

      • The Original G says:

        I understand her feelings about Woody, but, yeah they did seem to riding the wave of speculation for a time when his new TV show was launching.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        when Mia and Woosdy were having problems, Mia was still running back to Sinatra. They never stopped seeing eachother altogether. The only ones in Frank”s family who haven’t accepted Ronan as Frank’s are daughter Tinia and his wife Barbarba. The other sister, Nancy, does accept him as part of the family as does Frank Jr.

        This isn’t about disrespect as far as I see it. Barbara is acting like Frank couldn’t possibly have been gadding about, but whose to say he was out and about. Mia visited him regularly when he lived in Hawaii and she lived in NY. Regardless of this supposed “impotence” claim, he was KNOWN for having a rabid sexual appetite and he drank like a fish. This is about Ronan not staking claim to any inheritances. Barbara has said in the past she knew Frank cheated on her many many times. She married his knowing there would always be other women. She didn’t care about that. Sounds like what she cared about was being part of the name and creating a lineage to assure her an ever-lasting fortune.

        I want a DNA test…..stat!

  7. Murphy says:

    He does look a lot like Frank.
    But someone pointed out that John Farrow, Mia’s father looks a lot like that too. So he could simply get it (that look) from his grandfather.

  8. Size Does Matter says:

    I’d also imply Sinatra was my baby daddy over Woody Allen, no matter how impossible.

  9. ashley says:

    I find it interesting that no one is making the connection between this blatant lie as it pertains to Ms. Farrrow’s veracity and intent around the child molestation accusations. Any woman who would open public speculation around her son’s parentage – knowing full well that Mr. Sinatra wasn’t the father – and open not only her son but another family to hurtful innuendo clearly has isn’t above lying in the name of payback.

    • Colette says:

      What blatant lie? I missed the statement when she said Frank was his father.Any man who would have sex with his son’s teenage sister isn’t above molesting his son’s other sister because he has no morals

    • Dani says:

      Yes, let’s totally downsize how disgusting and creepy Allen is and how unlikely it is that he molested Dylan (and married someone he raised as his own daughter) just because Mia said ONE WORD, LITERALLY ONE WORD, about Ronan’s paternity.

      He’s a pedophile and a perv and nothing Mia can say or do will prove him innocent. She can lie for the rest of her life, but don’t take that out on Dylan and what she had to go through.

    • original kay says:

      There is no connection.

      That you could think there could be speaks volumes about you, not Mia. I am not a Mia fan but I believe Dylan.

  10. someone says:

    I’ve always wondered if Mia used a sperm bank for Ronan. Maybe her “possibly” comment is true in her mind because who knows if Frank ever donated to a sperm bank. He “possibly” could have. Lol

  11. QQ says:

    Just Cobwebs on the tubes by then eh? ( I’m going to live in a duplex in hell with Mimif, so spare me)

  12. EN says:

    There is a book where a DNA test would do?
    I mean, if people are so interested in it, somebody could’ve gotten some DNA material and tested it. I even suspect Sinatra family has done it a long time ago.

  13. MediaMaven says:

    Ronan is all Farrow genes, plastic surgery and blue contacts. I think he likes the Frank references because, otherwise, would we even really know about him?

    • Caro says:


    • Caro says:


      Well, whether you like it or not, Ronan, like most humans needs two sets of genes, not just Moms. So you can talk about Ronan’s resemblance to his moms side all day (and let me just add, DUH – it’s his mother, hello??), he still needs a Daddy in the mix.

      Unless you’re implying incest between Mia and her father or brothers? I don’t think even the Mia haters are that cruel and ugly.

      What’s obvious is that we can rule out Woody Allen.

      As for Ronan and your ideas about his looks…he has blue eyes get over it. Does he wear contacts, he said he did so what…he also said his eyes are blue without them. His childhood pics are easy enough to grab. Go see for yourself.

      Plastic surgery. OK let’s say he’s tweaked something that bugged him. Its not like he tweaked his former woody Allen face into Frankie’s. There are pics of him as a beautiful kid who looks not unlike he does now, all over the web. In fact, i think he looked more like frank when he was a youngster.

      Finally. Ronan Farrow was getting ink way before Mia’s throwaway line about his paternity. He had already been slotted for a tv show, but more importantly he was a child prodigy, Rhodes scholar and worked on Clinton’s sec of state staff by the age of 21. There were plenty people talking about the genius boy wonder. not to mention he had his own following on the internet because he’s got quite the wit.

      I know you want to think (absence of evidence ) he’s some famewh*re but that doesn’t jibe with who he or his mother and family are.

  14. Sam says:

    I think Mia just threw it out there to get people talking. But unless you were, ahem, in the room with them, you really don’t know. It’s common knowledge that Frank and Mia remained friends after the divorce. Heck, he offered to have Woody whacked after the Soon-Yi thing blew up. Is it possible Ronan is their son? Yeah, it’s not impossible. It’s also possible he’s Woody Allen’s son, or somebody else’s entirely. Who knows. Frankly, his paternity is the business of one person: Him. I say just let him be.

    • Kelly says:

      ” he offered to have Woody whacked after the Soon-Yi thing blew up.”

      I just love that story.

    • Izzy says:

      ” Frankly, his paternity is the business of one person”

      Except Mia Farrow has now made it the business of so many others, particularly the widow of Frank Sinatra, and his other children, by making these public innuendo. That was heartless and cruel of her.

      I think it speaks volumes that MF has at least one other child who is alienated from her because of her behavior.

      • Caro says:


        Correction – I’ve read, that she’s got only one child out of 14 (?), who’s been bought off by his father Woody Allen.

        Moses, who like Soon Yi was adopted as an older child (loyalty and attachment more difficult to come by sometimes), although unlike her, was legally Allen’s son.

        He works on Allen’s films now, after having had a long period of estrangement where he villified Allen for his abuse..suddenly as a depressed adult with few career opportunities he accepts Allen’s overtures. ..and this is the guy you believe?

        He’s also cruelly disputed/dismissed his own sister’s account of child molestation at the hands of woody allen – and unless he was in the attic playing with that train set along with Dylan….how could he possibly know?

        That makes him as gruesome a traitor as Woody Allen to that child. Money talks though. Dylan went into detail about how Woody Allen tried to bribe her with jobs/career type things as well.

  15. M.A.F. says:

    Either she has no idea how sperm lasts and how conception works or she is admitting to an affair.

  16. Luca76 says:

    Has anyone listened to the podcast ‘You must remember this’? They did two back to back podcasts on Mia. One about her marriage to Frank and one about Andre Previn. All I can say is anything is possible.

  17. Jaded says:

    Ronan Farrow has had at least one nose job, if not more plastic surgery, to erase any trace of Woody Allen from his face. That plus the bleach blonde hair and bright blue contact lenses seem to be the only proof people have that he could have been sired by Frank Sinatra. Not a whole lot to go on. As much as I like Mia Farrow, she handled this paternity thing very badly and still seems hell-bent on revenge after all these years.

    • Caro says:


      OH HAI SOON YI! (OR Soon Yi’s daughters)

      Seriously – get help.

      First of all. Why would he have to bleach his hair to look like Frank? Frank wasn’t a blonde.

      If you look at any pics and side by sides – its pretty stunning how they share the exact same bone structure.

      It’s less about the color of his eyes (which ARE blue) and more about the way they sit in his head, deep set, the size how they’re lidded, his brow ridge, forehead, and that same hawkish stare.

      Hard to dispute if you have working eyeballs lol

      • Prolly says:

        Nope lol he doesn’t look anything like Frank totally looks like Mia’s family maybe you should get your eyes checked lol lol

  18. Tessy says:

    I think he looks like Paul Newman.

  19. Riemc526 says:

    Ronan was born in ’87? He look like he’s so much older. :/

  20. Nancy says:

    I never believed he was Sinatra’s son. I’m sure in their hearts, Mia or Ronan didn’t believe it either. I think they both wish anyone other than the perv is his biological father. To me, he looks very much like his mother….she must have strong genes. Be happy Ronan that you don’t look like Allen.

    • Pinetree13 says:

      Same, I hope Allen isn’t his father but he doesn’t look like Sinatra at all to me. There’s people on Wendy Williams celebrity look alike that look identical to celebs they aren’t related too.

    • Caro says:

      I think someone has made a grave mistake with the Frankie was too ill to be f*****g timeline. Sinatra guest starred on Magnum PI in 1986, episode aired in Feb. of 87. Thats when he spent much time in Hawaii. Ample time for Mia to pay him a visit. But more than that Sinatra was in fine form, working all day,playing a tough guy, running, fighting etc. Didn’t appear to be sickly, appeared the opposite.

      Reality check: if Ronan didn’t look eerily like a Sinatra clone, no one would be discussing this. Like i said peoole have done overlays where their facial bone structure matches almost exactly. They did one with Angelina and jon voight that matches to a tee. Same thing with Ronan and Frank.

  21. Meg says:

    They just don’t want their father to look like he had a baby with a married woman and never saw the kid. Frank was a cheater, that’s established but a kid he didnt’ see or pay for? that looks bad. But my God look at pictures of frank as a kid and ronan? He’s totally Sinatra’s.

  22. Dirty Martini says:

    Do I look at him and see Frank ? Yeah kinda. I also see Mia. But the reality is this question can easily be settled once and for all but….nope, that’s not happening. Because somebody(ies) actually prefers it to be speculated about vs resolved. And therefore, Iconclude, that no Frank S is not his father.

    But is Woody? Again, who knows. Again a test would settle it. ANd again–that isn’t happening.

  23. Caz says:

    I don’t care either way if he is or isn’t Sinatra’s son. If there’s no DNA test being done….it’s not worth the PR.

  24. Gretchen says:

    He totally looks like Frank and Mia to me. Not a smidge of Woody Allen. I’m pro Frank. Plus Hollywood is so full of all kinds of skeletons and then some.