Tisa Farrow

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Tisa Farrow
Theresa Magdalena Farrow

(1951-07-22) July 22, 1951 (age 70)
Years active1970–1980
Spouse(s)Terry Deane
Parent(s)John Farrow
Maureen O'Sullivan
RelativesPatrick Villiers Farrow (brother)
Mia Farrow (sister)
Prudence Farrow (sister)
Ronan Farrow (nephew)

Theresa Magdalena "Tisa" Farrow (born July 22, 1951)[2] is a retired American actress and model.[3]

Early life[edit]

Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Irish-born actress Maureen O'Sullivan and Australian-born film director John Farrow. She is the youngest of their four girls and three boys; her siblings are Mia (b. 1945), Prudence, Stephanie, Michael Damien, Patrick Joseph, and John Charles.[4]

Like most of her siblings, Tisa received a strict and mainly Catholic education. In her freshman year she enrolled at the progressive New Lincoln School in New York City. She left school of her own volition in the middle of the 11th year.[5] She then worked as waitress.[5] In her own words, she also "spent a long time going around town trying out for commercials" - with no success: "I would always run into some career woman who disliked me right away because she didn't like my sister Mia."[5]


Farrow's first film role was in Homer.[6] Farrow then starred in René Clément's And Hope to Die (1972), the drama Some Call It Loving (1973), and the comedy Only God Knows (1974).

Farrow was featured semi-nude in a photo article in the July 1973 issue of Playboy, photographed by Mario Casilli.[7]

In the second half of the 1970s, Farrow acted in the Italian-Canadian action thriller Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976) directed by Alberto de Martino, and starred in the made-for-television horror film The Initiation of Sarah (1978), James Toback's first feature production Fingers (1978) alongside Harvey Keitel, and in the Canadian film Search and Destroy (1979).

In Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979), she has a cameo appearance.

From mid-1979 to 1980, Farrow took leading roles in three Italian genre films: in Lucio Fulci's horror film Zombi 2 (1979), Antonio Margheriti's Vietnam War film The Last Hunter (1980), and Joe D'Amato's horror film Antropophagus (1980).


Year Film Role Notes
1970 Homer Laurie Grainger
1972 And Hope to Die Pepper Original title: La Course du Lièvre à Travers les Champs
1973 Some Call It Loving Jennifer Other title: Sleeping Beauty
1974 Only God Knows Terry Sullivan
1976 Strange Shadows in an Empty Room Julie Foster Original title: Una magnum special per Tony Saitta, UK title: Blazing Magnum
1978 The Initiation of Sarah Alberta 'Mouse' Television film
Fingers Carol
1979 Search and Destroy Kate Barchel
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Gabriela "Gabi" Hearst Television film
Manhattan Party Guest
Winter Kills Nurse Two
Zombi 2 Anne Bowles Other titles: Zombie, Zombie Flesh Eaters
1980 Anthropophagus Julie Other titles: Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper, The Anthropophagous Beast (Voice dubbed by Carolyn De Fonseca)
The Last Hunter Jane Foster Italian title: L'Ultimo Cacciatore, other title: Hunter of the Apocalypse (Voice dubbed by Pat Starke)


  1. ^ Herald, Gordon Dritschilo Rutland. "Father recalls his soldier son". Times Argus.
  2. ^ "Farrow, Theresa Magdalena". familytreelegends.com. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ Weiler, A. H. (November 17, 1973). "Some Call It Loving (1973) The Screen:'Some Call It Loving' Is Diffuse Fantasy". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Ed Wright. Celebrity family trees. Barnes & Noble, 2006. ISBN 0760783128.
  5. ^ a b c Klemesrud, Judy (8 January 1970). "Being Mia's Sister Was Tisa's Burden". The New York Times: 36. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  6. ^ LIFE, 29 May 1970, Vol. 68, No. 20, p.46, ISSN 0024-3019.
  7. ^ "July 01, 1973, p83 - iPlayboy". Retrieved 2012-01-06.(subscription required)

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