11:21 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 10/06/2013 09:00AM
Paternity was a much-discussed topic among PEOPLE.com readers this week, with few lacking for a strong opinion.
At the same time, a certain already controversial young pop star further raised blood pressures with her latest remarks.
Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions this week, from happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and wow.
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Originally posted 10/03/2013 01:45PM
Mia Farrow raised millions of eyebrows this week when she admitted to Vanity Fair that former husband Frank Sinatra "possibly" fathered son Ronan, rather than long-assumed dad Woody Allen.
But two people are quite certain that what Farrow asserts is bunk: Sinatra's widow, Barbara, and Allen himself.
Barbara Sinatra, who was married to the legendary crooner from 1976 until his death in 1998, told Palm Springs, Calif., newspaper the Desert Sun that Farrow's potential admission was "a phony deal."
Originally posted 10/02/2013 09:45AM
Could Frank Sinatra actually be the biological father of Mia Farrow's handsome son Ronan – whose father was always said to be Woody Allen?
Although no DNA tests were ever done, Ronan, a 25-year-old former Rhodes scholar who bears a striking resemblance to Ol' Blue Eyes, remains close to the late crooner's family, as does Farrow, Vanity Fair reports in its November issue, in an interview with the actress.
Farrow, 68, who was married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968, admittedly continued a relationship with the music legend while she was involved in a longtime relationship with filmmaker Allen.
Sinatra, who died in 1998, would have been about 72 when Ronan, born in 1987, was conceived.
Asked point blank by Vanity Fair's Maureen Orth whether Ronan could be Sinatra's son, Farrow responds with one word: "Possibly."
Originally posted 07/13/2013 11:50AM
Sharknado-mania swept social media Thursday night, but outside of the Twitterverse it looks like most people chose not to take the sharkbait.
Recently released Nielsen ratings show that only about 1.4 million people watched SyFy's shlock masterpiece, which "realistically" (cough, cough) features man-eating sharks attacking unsuspecting Los Angeles residents after getting blown to shore by an epic storm.
According to USA Today, the Nielsen figure is downright average for a movie premiere on this channel, which has found a niche trotting out awesomely bad horror flicks. (Case in point: the 2011 film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid starring '80s queens Tiffany and Deborah Gibson.)
Originally posted 07/12/2013 02:45PM
How about this as a horror-movie concept? A mad scientist is convinced that within the large, strange brain of the shark lurks an untapped skill for written communication. What if a shark could be trained to post on Facebook? No – Twitter! Yes, yes, why not Twitter?!
The scientist is right! Then things go horribly awry when the beasts, routinely fed a chum of vitamins, radioactive materials and laptop circuitry, learn to compress themselves into 140 characters or less, disguising tail and fin with tempting hashtags like #HaveASnack. Click on an innocuous-looking Tweet and you may end up saying goodbye to your hand, your arm, your intestines – your life.
Syfy's two-hour schlock masterpiece Sharknado wasn't quite that: It was, as the blunt mash-up of a title suggests, about sharks blown inland by storms and dropping on people like so many saw-toothed cicadas. But the sheer cheeky nuttiness of it all – plus a cast that included Ian "I Have Danced at Chippendales" Ziering and Tara Reid – caused a Twitter feeding frenzy when it aired Thursday night.
Originally posted 03/27/2012 02:30PM
She's adopted 11 children over the years, and on Monday, Mia Farrow decided it was time to bring home another family member: a puppy!
"Meet Dexter," she Tweeted" Tuesday, sharing a photo of the fluffy dog, which appears to be a Havanese.
Originally posted 08/09/2010 08:40AM
Mia Farrow took to the stand Monday in the war-crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor and disputed Naomi Campbell's sworn testimony from last week about whether so-called "blood diamonds" Campbell received as a gift more than a decade ago had come from Taylor.
Campbell, 40, admitted last week that she received uncut stones from two men in South Africa in 1997 but said she didn't know they were diamonds or that they were linked to Taylor.
Farrow, 65, said Monday that Campbell in fact boasted that the gift was from Taylor at a breakfast the next day as both women prepared for a charity event with Nelson Mandela, Britain's Telegraph reports.
Originally posted 06/17/2009 02:35PM
Two days after Mia Farrow's brother was found dead in his Vermont home, the coroner determined that Patrick Farrow died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
"These findings are consistent with evidence found during the investigation," Sgt. Tara Thomas, spokeswoman for the Vermont State Police, said Wednesday. "Mr. Farrow's wife contacted 911 upon discovering her husband unresponsive in their home."
Since the death was ruled a suicide, police will not offer further comment on the case.
Farrow, 66, a local sculptor, lived with his wife, artist Susan Farrow, in Castleton, a small town on the New York-Vermont border. He was Mia Farrow's older brother.
Originally posted 06/16/2009 07:20PM
The brother of Mia Farrow has been found dead in his Vermont home, the second tragedy in recent months for the actress, whose daughter died in December.
Patrick Farrow, 66, a sculptor who was the older brother of the actress, was found late Monday night by police responding to an emergency call placed by an unidentified female from his home in Castleton, Vt.
"The victim's body is being sent to the office of the chief medical examiner for autopsy to determine cause and manner of death," said Vermont State Police Lt. Timothy Oliver in a statement. "The death is considered suspicious."
Originally posted 05/09/2009 05:30PM
It was a 21-day fast that fell nine days short. But in the final hours, Mia Farrow knew, "I couldn't do it."
"I just got weaker and weaker," the 64-year-old actress and humanitarian tells PEOPLE of Friday's end to her hunger strike to draw attention to Darfur. "I lost about 13 lbs."
Though she was determined to continue, she was instructed by her doctor to immediately stop due to severe health risks. "My doctor visited on Wednesday and told me to have sugar immediately because my blood sugar count dropped," Farrow says. "He said I could go into seizures."
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