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Woody Allen
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Birth Name: Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Birthdate: December 1, 1935
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Musician, Comedian
Quote: "If I was giving advice to younger people, I would tell them to not listen to anything--don't read what's written about you, don't listen to anybody--just focus on the work." --New York Daily News, October 22, 1995
Woody Allen Photo

Claim to Fame: 1977: Breakthrough film, Annie Hall; film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Harlene Rosen, married 1954; divorced 1960
Wife: Louise Lasser, actress, comedienne; married February 2, 1964; divorced 1969; appeared in Allen's Bananas (1971); best remembered in the title role of the TV comic soap opera, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Diane Keaton: actress, director; together for much of the 1970s; starred in five Allen films during the period they were together, including Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979)
Mia Farrow: actress, began relationship in 1980; mother of Allen's son Satchel/Seamus; separated in 1992 after Allen admitted to a romantic involvement with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn in the winter of 1991
Wife: Soon-Yi Previn, just before Allen's suit to gain custody of his three children with Mia Farrow came to court, it was revealed that Allen had fallen in love with Previn at the end of 1991; she is one of the children Farrow adopted while married to conductor Andre Previn during the 1970s; born October 8, 1970; married December 23, 1997 in Venice, Italy

Family:
Father: Martin Konigsberg, waiter, jewelry engraver; born 1900
Mother: Netty Konigsberg (née Cherry), bookkeeper; born 1906
Sister: Letty Aronson, born 1943
Son: Moses Amadeus Farrow (aka Misha Farrow), born 1979; adopted with Mia Farrow; Korean; has cerebral palsy
Daughter: Dylan O'Sullivan Farrow, born 1985; adopted with lover Mia Farrow; born in Texas; asked to change her name to Eliza June in 1993
Son: Satchel O'Sullivan Farrow, born on December 19, 1987, in New York; mother, Mia Farrow; named after baseball pitcher Satchel Page; name changed to Seamus by Mia Farrow
Daughter: Bechet (Bih-SHAY) Dumaine Allen, named after the swing-era jazz clarinetist Sidney Bechet

Biography
Woody Allen is one of a handful of American filmmakers who can truly wear the label 'auteur'. His films, be they dramas or comedies, are remarkably personal and are permeated with Allen's preoccupations with art, religion and love. While the comedies are upbeat and the dramas rich in detail, most of Allen's films are fiercely personal. They betray his yearning for physical beauty, a traditional sense of machismo, intellectual and professional acceptance and knowledge. His obsessions with his own Judaism, the WASP world that eludes the Jew, and the balm of psychiatry--which may or may not chase these devils--are also never far beneath the surface of his work. 5In the 1950s, Allen began a successful career as a TV comedy writer before embarking on a equally well-received stint as a nightclub comic. He segued to features as star and writer of "What's New, Pussycat?" (1965) and marked his own debut as a filmmaker of sorts by re-tooling a minor Japanese spy thriller with his own storyline and with English dialogue dubbed by American actors. The amusing result, "What's Up Tiger Lily?" (1966) launched him in one of the most successful and unusual filmmaking careers of recent history. 5Allen directed, co-wrote and starred in "Take the Money and Run" (1966), a loosely structured, occasionally hilarious send-up of gangster movies. As he became more comfortable wearing multiple hats as writer, director and star, he created two visually inventive screen comedies: "Bananas" (1971) and "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*but were afraid to ask)" (1972). Later that year, Allen adapted his play and acted (with then offscreen companion Diane Keaton) in "Play it Again, Sam", directed by Herbert Ross. After that, he directed and co-starred with Keaton in "Sleeper" (1973), a sight-gag-studded comedy, "Love and Death" (1975), a spoof of the Napoleonic wars featuring persistent references to history, Russian culture and innumerable classic films, and the Oscar-winning "serious" comedy "Annie Hall" (1997). The latter is a personal film tackling themes and problems closer to Allen's own experiences and employed an onscreen persona which reflected his real-life status at the time: a New York Jewish entertainer with a 'shiksa' girlfriend (Keaton), an outsider looking in on the exclusive worlds of both Hollywood and the gentile. For many, "Annie Hall" remains the quintessential Allen movie. 5After an acting stint in "The Front" (1976), Allen shifted gears, moving away from the familiar send-ups, quirky satire and laughable neuroses and anxieties of his comedies. Focusing on the starchy world of WASPs and emulating one of his filmmaking heroes, Ingmar Bergman, he wrote and directed the probing drama "Interiors" (1978). While the film received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay, critics felt Allen had betrayed his comic vision in a sophomoric quest for "artistic respectability". Shifting gears slightly and offering an homage to Chaplin, "Manhattan" (1979), with its lush Gershwin score, handome black-and-white photography and ensemble of actors/friends, proved to be one of Allen's best films and marked a return to comedy peppered with autobiographical and romantic elements. By the time of "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982), the auteur had found a new muse in actress Mia Farrow. Over the next ten years, the pair would collaborate on a dozen more films ranging from "Zelig" (1983), which fused issues of celebrity with Allen's growing interest in cinematic technique and trickery, to the Chekhovian "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) to the emotionally violent "Husbands and Wives" (1992), which employed jittery cinema verite-style camerawork and a pessimistic attitude about the possibility of enduring love. The latter was released early by its distributor to capitalize on its uncanny parallels to the real-life turmoil between Allen and Farrow. By the time of its release, the couple had separated and were embroiled in very public disputes involving Allen's an affair with Farrow's adopted daughter Soon Yi Previn (whom he later married) and Farrow's accusations that Allen molested their adopted daughter. Perhaps not surprisingly, in the midst of the highly-publicized court battles, Allen returned to comedies including the light "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), which reunited him with Diane Keaton and "Annie Hall" co-writer Marshall Brickman, and the acclaimed period piece "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), a meditation on what defines an artist, featuring a tour-de-force performance by Dianne Wiest as a past-her-prime stage diva. "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) marked a return to more serious issues, tracing a middle-aged sportswriter's search for the birth mother of his adopted child and his shock in discovering she isn't a bright, cultured woman, but rather, a vulgar prostitute. "Deconstructing Harry" (1997) further raised the issue of how to judge an artist, by the work he leaves or by the life he lived while "Celebrity" (1998) further examined the need for media heroes.

Awards:
1973: National Board of Review Special Citation: Best Screenplay, Sleeper
1975: Berlin Film Festival Special Silver Bear; presented for body of work
1977: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Director, Annie Hall
1977: Directors Guild of America Award: Theatrical Direction, Annie Hall
1977: BAFTA Award: Best Director, Annie Hall
1977: Oscar: Best Director, Annie Hall
1977: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: Best Screenplay, Annie Hall; shared award with Marshall Brickman
1977: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Screenplay, Annie Hall; shared award with Marshall Brickman
1977: National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Screenplay, Annie Hall; shared award with Marshall Brickman
1977: BAFTA Award: Best Screenplay, Annie Hall; award shared with Marshall Brickman
1977: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay, Annie Hall; award shared with Marshall Brickman
1978: O Henry Award: Best Short Story, The Kugelmass Episode; originally published in The New Yorker
1979: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Director, Manhattan
1979: National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Director, Manhattan; tied with Robert Benton who was cited for Kramer vs. Kramer
1979: BAFTA Award: Best Screenplay, Manhattan; award shared with Marshall Brickman
1980: Cesar: Best Foreign Film, Manhattan
1983: Venice Film Festival Italian Critics Pasinetti Prize: Zelig
1984: BAFTA Award: Best Original Screenplay, Broadway Danny Rose
1985: Cannes Film Festival Fipresci Prize: Non-Competing Film, The Purple Rose of Cairo
1985: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Screenplay, The Purple Rose of Cairo
1985: Golden Globe Award: Best Screenplay, The Purple Rose of Cairo
1985: BAFTA Award: Best Original Screenplay, The Purple Rose of Cairo
1986: Cesar: Best Foreign Film, The Purple Rose of Cairo
1986: National Board of Review Award: Best Director, Hannah and Her Sisters
1986: New York Film Critics Circle Award: Best Director, Hannah and Her Sisters
1986: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: Best Screenplay, Hannah and Her Sisters
1986: BAFTA Award: Best Original Screenplay, Hannah and Her Sisters
1986: Oscar: Best Original Screenplay, Hannah and Her Sisters
1992: BAFTA Award: Best Original Screenplay, Husbands and Wives
1995: Venice Film Festival Golden Lion: Lifetime achievement
1996: Directors Guild of America D W Griffith Award: Lifetime achievement
1996: BAFTA Fellowship

Filmography
Director
"What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966)
"Take the Money and Run" (1969)
"Bananas" (1971)
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" (1972)
"Sleeper" (1973)
"Love and Death" (1975)
"Annie Hall" (1977) (Oscar, best director)
"Interiors" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"Manhattan" (1979)
"Stardust Memories" (1980)
"A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982)
"Zelig" (1983)
"Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985)
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"September" (1987)
"Radio Days" (1987)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"New York Stories" (1989)
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"Alice" (1990)
"Shadow and Fog" (1992)
"Husbands and Wives" (1992)
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1992)
"Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"Mighty Aphrodite" (1995)
"Everyone Says I Love You" (1997)
"Deconstructing Harry" (1997)
"Sweet and Lowdown" (1999)
"Small Time Crooks" (2000)
"The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001)
"Hollywood Ending" (2002)

Actor
"That Was the Week That Was" (1964)
"What's New, Pussycat" (1965)
"What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966)
"Casino Royale" (1967)
"Take the Money and Run" (1969)
"Bananas" (1971)
"Play It Again, Sam" (1972)
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" (1972)
"Sleeper" (1973)
"Love and Death" (1975)
"The Front" (1976)
"Annie Hall" (1977) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Manhattan" (1979)
"Stardust Memories" (1980)
"A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982)
"Zelig" (1983)
"Broadway Danny Rose" (1984)
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986)
"King Lear" (1987)
"Radio Days" (1987)
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989)
"New York Stories" (1989)
"Scenes From a Mall" (1991)
"Husbands and Wives" (1992)
"Shadows and Fog" (1992)
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993)
"Don't Drink the Water" (1994)
"Mighty Aphrodite" (1995)
"Everyone Says I Love You" (1997)
"Deconstructing Harry" (1997)
"Wild Man Blues" (1998)
"Antz" (1998) (voice)
"Sweet and Lowdown" (1999)
"Picking Up the Pieces" (2000)
"Small Time Crooks" (2000)
"Company Man" (2000)
"The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001)
"Hollywood Ending" (2002)

Writer
"The Laugmaker" (1962)
"What's New, Pussycat" (1965)
"What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966)
"Take the Money and Run" (1969)
"Don't Drink the Water" (1969)
"Bananas" (1971)
"Play It Again, Sam" (1972)
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" (1972)
"Sleeper" (1973)
"Love and Death" (1975)
"Annie Hall" (1977) (Oscar, best original screenplay)
"Interiors" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Manhattan" (1979) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Stardust Memories" (1980)
"A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982)
"Zelig" (1983)
"Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) (Oscar, best original screenplay)
"September" (1987)
"Radio Days" (1987) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Another Woman" (1988)
"New York Stories" (1989)
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Alice" (1990) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Shadows and Fog" (1992)
"Husbands and Wives" (1992) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993)
"Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Everyone Says I Love You" (1997)
"Deconstructing Harry" (1997) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay) "Celebrity" (1998)
"Sweet and Lowdown" (1999)
"Small Time Crooks" (2000)
"The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001)
"Hollywood Ending" (2002)

Factoids:
Allen has played New Orleans jazz clarinet with his group, the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra, almost every Monday at Michael's Pub in New York since 1971 (and skipped the 1978 Oscar ceremonies so as not to miss a Monday night set)

Education:
Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY
New York University (one semester)

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