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Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's son Ronan Farrow is a Rhodes Scholar

November 22, 2011 |  9:29 am

Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow, child of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, has joined a group even more elite than "child of celebrities": He's one of only 32 Americans to earn a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University

Farrow, who graduated from Bard College when he was 15 and was accepted at Yale Law at 16, was one of about 2,000 to put their names in the hat for the honor. He'll have all expenses paid for two to three years, maybe four, while he studies at the institution northwest of London.

He's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's special advisor for global youth issues; the secretary's husband, Bill Clinton, in addition to being a former president of the United States, was also a Rhodes Scholar.

The Rhodes Scholarships are "the oldest and best known award for international study," said Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, "and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates."

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Farrow, born Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow, made news early in his life as the subject of a high-profile custody suit born of awkward circumstances: His parents, who were never married, split after Allen's affair with Farrow's daughter Soon-Yi, adopted by Farrow and Andre Previn, went public in the early 1990s. Mia won custody; Woody and Soon-Yi later married.

At Bard, Ronan double-majored in philosophy and biology -- which, all things considered, sort of makes sense? 

In addition to Bill Clinton, boldface names who've been Rhodes Scholars include pundit George Stephanopoulos, director Terrence Malick, writer Naomi Wolf and musician Kris Kristofferson.

The 2012 scholars were announced Sunday.

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— Christie D'Zurilla
Twitter.com/dzurillaville

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Ronan Farrow speaks during the Social Good Summit on Sept. 22 in New York City. Credit: Gary He/ United Nations Foundation

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