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Theresa Magdalena 'Tisa' Farrow (born July 22, 1951)[1] is an American actress and nurse.

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Farrow, one of seven children, was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Irish-born actress Maureen O'Sullivan and Australian-born film director John Farrow. She was raised Roman Catholic. She is the youngest of four girls and three boys; Mia (born 1945), Prudence (born 1948), Stephanie (born 1949), Michael Damien (1939–1958), Patrick Joseph (1942–2009), and John Charles (born 1946).[2]

Acting career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

She took up acting shortly after her older sister Mia Farrow rose to stardom. Farrow's first film appearance was in Homer (1970), directed By John Trent.[3] She has spent some of her career in lower-rung horror films and melodramas, while still pursuing higher profile projects with some of the better known American directors.

Farrow is perhaps most known for starring in the horror film, Zombi II, but she also appeared in James Toback's first feature production Fingers, opposite Harvey Keitel, as well in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) and Antonio Margheriti'sThe Last Hunter (1980) In addition to Zombi II, Farrow also appeared in Antropophagus, another "video nasty".

Farrow gave up acting in the early 1980s and went on to a career as a nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont.

Modeling[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Farrow was featured semi-nude in a photo article in the July 1973 issue of Playboy, photographed by Mario Casilli.[4]

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

In May 2008 Tisa Farrow faced personal tragedy when her 37-year-old son, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Farrow Dene, died of an accidental prescribed drug overdose. At the time of his death, Dene was on his second tour of duty in Iraq despite recent surgery to correct breathing problems and his aunt Mia's fervent opposition to the Iraq War. Tragedy struck again in June 2009 when Mia and Tisa's 66-year-old brother Patrick shot himself to death in his Castleton, Vermont art gallery.[5] Mia has blamed Patrick's suicide on the crushing grief and devastation over the earlier passing of Jason Dene.[6] Like Mia, Patrick was opposed to the Iraq War, calling George W. Bush a "war criminal" shortly after Dene's death.[7]

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Homer Laurie Grainger
1972 La Course du Lièvre à Travers les Champs Pepper
1973 Some Call It Loving Jennifer Other title: Sleeping Beauty
1974 Only God Knows Terry Sullivan
1976 A Special Magnum for Tony Saitta Julie Foster Other title: Shadows in an Empty Room
1978 The Initiation of Sarah Alberta 'Mouse' Television film
Fingers Carol
1979 Search and Destroy Kate Barchel
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Gabi Television film
Manhattan Party Guest
Winter Kills Nurse Two
Zombi 2 Anne Bowles Other titles: ZombieZombie Flesh Eaters
1980 L'Ultimo Cacciatore Jane Foster Other title: Hunter of the ApocalypseThe Last Hunter (Voice dubbed by Pat Starke)
Antropophagus Julie Other titles: Anthropophagus: The Grim ReaperThe Anthropophagous Beast (Voice dubbed by Carolyn De Fonseca)
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