Mia Farrow Tweets Her Vidal Sassoon 'Rosemary's Baby' Haircut Was a 'Prank'

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Roman Polanski, director of 1968’s “Rosemary’s Baby,” invited reporters to Paramount to witness Sassoon cut the actress’ hair for her role in the film. The stylist was paid $5,000 for his work, but Frank Sinatra -- Farrow’s soon-to-be ex-husband -- was rumored to be furious with how short her hair was.

The late hair legend hacking off the actress' long locks in 1967 to create her pixie cut was a major beauty publicity moment - but did it really happen?

It's still the most famous moment in haircut history, when Vidal Sassoon flew in from London in 1967 to give long, blond haired waifish star Mia Farrow her pixie cut for Roman Polanski's big movie, Rosemary's Baby. But now a tweet by Farrow seems to disavow the whole thing.

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Sassoon was flown in from London and admitted that what should have been a thirty dollar haircut ended up costing five grand. The haircut was actually shot by photographers on the Paramount lot in a boxing ring set up as a stage. There are photos of it all over the world. And it's part of the documentary that came out last year called Vidal Sassoon: The Movie.

In the film, when asked about her short-short cut, Farrow's character says, "It's Vidal Sassoon. It's very in." However, it was never in with Farrow's new husband at the time, Frank Sinatra. Legend has it that Sinatra told Farrow not to cut her hair or there would be repercussions. However, Polanski wanted the haircut. Once Farrow went through with it, Sinatra served her with divorce papers. But the haircut was copied by women all over the world, and it came back in the nineties, during the "waif" period of supermodels like Amber Valletta and Kate Moss.

But on May 10, the day after Sassoon died, Farrow tweeted this:

"Ppl ask: Vidal Sassoon trimmed my inch long hair as publicity prank 4 RosemrysBaby Actually I cut my own hair 2yrs earlier. He was nice. RIP"

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There are many photos of Sassoon cutting Farrow's hair - but it's already short in the pictures.  Perhaps hair historians will go back soon and clear up the matter.