Mia Farrow was probably Allen's most inspiring muse — until the whole he-married-her-adopted-daughter mishap. She starred in 13 of his films, including:
- A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
- Broadway Danny Rose
- The Purple Rose of Cairo
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- Radio Days
- Another Woman
- New York Stories
- Crimes and Misdemeanors
- Shadows and Fog
- Husbands and Wives
Diane may be the original Woody Allen muse, and she'll always be my favorite for her Oscar-winning performance in Annie Hall. (Fun fact! Her given name is Diane Hall.)
Although their romantic involvement ended before they ever made a film, they made five other films together besides AH: Sleeper, Love and Death,
Interiors, Manhattan, and Manhattan Murder Mystery.
Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her work as an unstable beauty who winds up in a love triangle with Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson's characters in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. In To Rome With Love, Penelope plays a prostitute, Anna, who charms a virginal young Italian man as well as high-powered businessmen. Although she's denied that she's a "muse" of the director, we can't imagine anyone else oozing the sultry sex appeal of the character better than Penelope; the part seems made for her. She may be known for her prolific work with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, but she's also on a roll with Woody.
Though Allen has publicly said Scarlett is not his muse, she does play the coveted "Woody Allen character" in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She's also in Match Point and Scoop.
Dianne Wiest won Oscars for her roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway. She's also been in Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, and September.
Anjelica has been in Crimes and Misdemeanors and Manhattan Murder Mystery.
Carla Bruni's cameo in Midnight in Paris is brief, but we can't help but think Woody was intrigued by the former French first lady, considering he gave her her first acting debut.