Mia and Ronan: Like Mother, Like Son

Ronan Farrow in the Sudan
UNICEF ambassador Ronan Farrow in the Sudan: Trying to make a difference. (Courtesy Mia and Ronan Farrow)
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, August 11, 2006

Mia Farrow and her son Ronan Farrow are the latest celebs featured on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's podcast series. The Farrows made their second trip to Darfur refugee camps in June and spoke about the experience on a podcast that debuted yesterday.

"All we can do is speak out and be as effective as possible as advocates," the 61-year-old actress told us yesterday. "This is one genocide that can be stopped."

Farrow, a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, went to Darfur in November 2004, visited the camps and met with representatives of the Sudanese government. Eighteen months later, she returned to find the situation had sharply deteriorated. In the podcast, Ronan calls the conditions "a sinister illustration of how the world has dropped the ball; that what should only have ever been an emergency solution for these people -- sheltering, desperately seeking safety in deplorable squalid camps -- has turned into a way of life for years now."

Ronan is Farrow's 18-year-old biological son with Woody Allen. He graduated from Bard College at 15, will attend Yale Law School in the fall and has been a U.N. youth spokesperson in Nigeria, Angola, Sudan and Darfur. Yesterday the Wall Street Journal's online edition published his fourth op-ed piece on the crisis. "I'm mighty proud -- to say the least," his mother said.

The Farrows' interview is part of the museum's weekly podcast series, "Voices on Genocide Prevention," launched in November. Olympian Joey Cheek , actor Bradley Whitford and Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel are among the activists, politicians and journalists interviewed.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

· FBI Director Robert Mueller, after appearing on a nationally televised news conference to discuss the British terror plot, getting a haircut yesterday morning. The director and his security detail motorcaded to Luigi's barber shop in Northwest; the newly trimmed Mueller, emerging from the shop, was mum when WTOP reporter Mark Segraves attempted a quick interview.

· Patrick Ewing towering over fellow diners at Oya on Wednesday night. The "hard-to-miss" basketball legend enjoyed a two-hour dinner of sushi with his 22-year-old son, 6-foot-8 Patrick Ewing Jr., and two very tall friends.

· Comedian Ralphie May chatting up fans about his upcoming Comedy Central special at gourmet takeout joint Eatzi's in Rockville on Wednesday. Wearing a gray T-shirt and shorts, the "Celebrity Fit Club" star juggled a cup of soup and two chicken salad sandwiches.


· The sniping about an alleged Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston engagement is getting personal. US Weekly splashed the lovebirds across the cover of its new issue with a giant "Vince Proposes!" headline. Her publicist, Stephen Huvane, immediately issued a denial Wednesday; the magazine responded with an online history of Huvane's denials about items that later proved to be true. An exasperated Huvane told the New York Post yesterday: "They are not engaged. The US story is a complete fabrication. She has no ring, there was no proposal and they are not engaged. I could not be more clear about this." Clear as a diamond ring, Stephen.

UPDATE . . .

Rockville's Rhett Butler and eight other players made it to the final table at the 2006 World Series of Poker yesterday, the only ones left from a record field of 8,773 Texas Hold 'Em dreamers. "It's nice, really," said Butler, who checked in from Las Vegas before the final game began. "It's pretty wild. My wife is so excited."

The 44-year-old insurance agent and some seriously loyal pals chipped in $10,000 to buy him a seat at the world-renowned tournament. Butler agreed to share 50 percent of all winnings with the group of friends. The final nine players squared off at 5 p.m. with Butler in seventh place. After seven hours of play, Butler was among the final five players and will go home with at least $3,216,182. The grand-prize winner walks away with $12 million.

Yesterday Butler sounded more like a relieved dad than a card shark: "I have college for all three kids paid for."

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