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Woody-Mia Mania Comes, Goes in New York City Tabloids

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Woody-Mia Mania Comes, Goes in New York City Tabloids

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A new strain of tabloid fever broke out in New York in August and spread like the plague before dissipating almost as quickly as it struck. Call it Woody-Mia Mania.

There was no resisting it. The story had so many classic elements of sleaze and sensationalism that for the tabloids it was almost too good to be true. Alas, it was. Half of it anyway. The important thing is: It sold.

How could any tabloid editor worth his or her salt ignore:

* Celebrity romance: iconoclastic and privacy-loving New York celebs and longtime companions Woody Allen and Mia Farrow--unmarried, living separately, with children.

* Tragedy: They break up.

* Spurned woman/incestuous over-tones: After a long affair, Woody dumps Mia and takes up with Mia's adopted daughter, 21-year-old Korean-American Soon-Yi Previn.

* Sex abuse: Mia accuses Woody of molesting another daughter; he denies it.

* Nude photos: Mia finds pictures of Soon-Yi unclad in Woody's apartment.

* True love (May-September): The private movie director admits he loves Soon-Yi.

* Courtroom drama: It all burst onto the front pages Aug. …

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