Birthday: January 20, 1948
Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Also Known As: Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow
Born Country: United States
Born in: Los Angeles, California, United States
Famous as: Author
University Of California, Berkeley
Spouse/Ex-: Albert Bruns
father: John Farrow
mother: Maureen O'Sullivan
siblings: Felice Patricia Farrow, John Charles Farrow, Mia Farrow, Michael Damien Farrow, Patrick Villiers Farrow, Stephanie Farrow, Tisa Farrow
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
education: University Of California, Los Angeles, University Of California, Berkeley
Prudence Farrow is an American meditation teacher, author, and film producer who is most famous for being the subject of the famous Beatles song titled ‘Dear Prudence’. Born into a famous Hollywood family, her life is a journey of how she battled personal demons and pains to find her true self. It was Peter Wallace, who was her brother’s friend, who introduced her to Transcendental Meditation (TM) in 1966. At that point of time she was already trying to learn meditation, but found it hard and complicated. She found the TM technique easy to master and was hooked immediately. In fact, she was amongst the first few Americans to learn TM. She might be known as the sister of Mia Farrow, but she is also a successful filmmaker, author, and scholar. In her movie career, she got chance to work with some of the best names in Hollywood like, Andy Kaufman, Woody Allen, Bruce Beresford, Hugh Leonard, Alan Bridges, and Paula Vogel.
Prudence Farrow was only a teenager when she got interested in meditation and yoga. In 1966, she learned the Transcendental Meditation technique at the UCLA. Her fascination with yoga only increased after this. In 1967, she opened the Integral Yoga Institute in Boston. However, she was keen to learn more about Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi himself. In 1968, she got an opportunity to meet Maharishi, who was in New York at that time. She, her sister Mia, and her brother Patrick travelled to India with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They then came to Rishikesh, where they learned Transcendental Meditation at his ashram.
It so happened that the Beatles also arrived at the ashram during that time. They were also there to learn meditation, but they would spend a lot of their time having fun and playing music. Farrow, on the other hand, would spend days meditating. She was rarely seen outside her room, so John Lennon was given the task of getting her to socialize more. It was during this time that John Lennon wrote the famous song, ‘Dear Prudence’ with Farrow as the subject.
After she returned from India, Farrow started teaching Transcendental Meditation in 1970. She still continues to teach in Florida. In 1986, she went back to India to learn more about meditation from the Maharishi.
Once her kids were grown up, she went back to college to earn her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Her doctoral thesis, which was finished in 2007, was titled, ‘Nadivijnana, the Crest-Jewel of Ayurveda: A Translation of Six Central Texts and an Examination of the Sources, Influences and Development of Indian Pulse-Diagnosis.’
She landed a job as an elementary school teacher. She was also participating in many conferences held across the country, including at the University of California, University of Wisconsin, and Rutgers University. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University and UC Berkeley.
Besides teaching, Prudence Farrow also got involved in film production. In 1984, she became the production assistant of ‘The Muppets Take Manhattan.’ In 1985, she was given the job of art department coordinator in the movie, ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo.’ In 1994, she enhanced her movie resume by becoming the co-producer of the movie, ‘Widow’s Peak’. She conceived the main story and her sister, Mia Farrow, played the main lead. In 1999, she dabbled in theatre by becoming one of the producers of ‘Up From the Ground, which was staged at the Westbeth Theatre in New York.
In the 2000s, Prudence Farrow turned her attention to writing. She wrote several articles for magazines. World religions, healthy living, Asian studies, and Ayurveda were the subjects of most of her articles. In 2013, she made a documentary on the Kumbh Mela Festival, which is held after every twelve year in India. She founded the Dear Prudence Foundation to raise money for this documentary.
In 2015, her book, ‘Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song’, was published. The memoir delves into the three months that she spent at the Maharishi’s ashram in India. It also examines the Vietnam War, youth movement, Eastern philosophy, drugs, music, and her own family.
Today, she is one of the most successful Yoga teachers in USA. She has helped set up numerous Affiliate Programs on TM in yoga studios across America.
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Family & Personal Life
Prudence Farrow was born on January 20, 1948, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her birth name is Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow Bruns. She is the daughter of John Farrow, who was a film director, and Maureen O’Sullivan, who was an actress. Her older sister, Mia Farrow, is quite famous in Hollywood. She had a Catholic upbringing and was schooled in convent schools.
In 1969, she married Albert Morrill Bruns, who is also a TM teacher. Her marriage went through a rough phase in the late 1970s when she had a three-year affair with Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was eventually charged with the murder of his confidante Susan Berman in 2000. Their affair ended in 1981, the year when Durst’s wife went missing. After this her marriage had smooth sailing and today they have three children and four grandchildren. They live in Seagrove, which is located in Northwest Florida.