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In the hall of fame

In the hall of fame
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First Published: Thu, May 20 2010. 10 44 PM IST

Updated: Thu, May 20 2010. 10 44 PM IST
Like many auteurs, Woody Allen has been strongly driven by his muses. He has often cast his significant others in his films. While Louise Lasser, Diane Keaton and Mia Farrow are the most famed of Allen’s actresses—mainly because he was romantically linked to them—he does like to work with the same actor over and over again. The other actors include Judy Davis, Julie Kavner and Dianne Wiest. Strangely, Allen’s wife of the past 13 years, Soon-Yi Previn, has never appeared as his leading lady.
However, most of his more recent actresses only appear in one film: Uma Thurman in Sweet and Lowdown, Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite and Christina Ricci in Anything Else have shone through their lone appearances. The following three women remain his most famous muses:
It started with Louise Lasser, Allen’s wife of three years (1966-1969). She appeared in his first film ‘What’s New, Pussycat?’ as well as several madcap comedies such as ‘What’s up, Tiger Lily?’ and ‘Bananas’. Her last film as a Woody Allen leading lady was ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex (but were Afraid to Ask)’ (1972). {Photo Courtesy: Tat Communications/The Kobal Collection}
Diane Keaton was Allen’s next muse. Often regarded as his best leading lady, she got to act in a lot of his masterpieces, including ‘Annie Hall’ (1977), for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Academy Awards. ‘Play it Again, Sam’ was another film that won both of them acclaim. Their final on-screen appearance together was in ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’ (1993).
Mia Farrow appears as the leading lady in more Woody Allen films than any of the other women. Allen’s “Mia Phase” began in 1982 with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy’. She acted in ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’, which Allen liked making the most. Farrow’s last film with Allen was the epic ‘Husbands and Wives’ (1992). {Orion/The Kobal Collection}
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First Published: Thu, May 20 2010. 10 44 PM IST