Woody Allen, 88
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  • Birthday
    December 1, 1935
  • Birthplace
    Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York
  • Age
    88 Years

Woody Allen is an American Film Director, screenwriter, actor, and author. Woody Allen is known for his romantic comedy films containing elements of parody and slapstick. Similarly, he also writes strong and well-defined characters for her female star.

Early Life

Woody Allen was born as Allam Stewart Konigsberg in 1935, on December 1 in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. He is 86 years old. His mother’s name is Nettie Konigsberg and his father’s name is Martin Konigsberg. His father had a variety of jobs including bartending and his mother worked as a bookkeeper. He has got on the sister who was born in 1943 and her name is Letty.

His childhood was not very comfortable because the tempestuous relationship of his parents and the temperamental nature left a bad impact on his young age. Similarly, he changed various schools and educational institutes at a young age before enrolling himself at the Midwood High School.

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He was not particularly interested in the course curriculum and instead showed greater interest in extra-curricular activities. He legally changed his name to Heywood Allen intending to salvage himself from the ill-treatment meted out to him at the inter-faith summer camps by other children of different races and creeds at just seventeen.

Similarly, he attended New York University, where he studied communication and film. And after a brief stint at the City College in New York, where he flunked out, he switched to self-study.

Professional Life

Woody Allen’s career took shape when he was still in high school when he started writing monologues and become a full-time humorist. His career took off in the year 1954 when he assisted Caesar in writing scripts for shows such as The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and the rest.

It was during this time that his writing style took a definite form. He inherited the nature of work wanderlust from his father, jumping from one project to the other when he got bored. Also, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, his debut being at a Greenwich Village Club, called Duplex in 1961.

His stand-up comedy was considered influential as was his move of posing as a neurotic, nervous and intellectual person in the stand-up routine which was due to this that he secured himself regular gigs at nightclubs and on television.

After, he next took on writing short stories and eventually became a playwright. His comic fiction has been inspired by the pun-ridden humor of S. J Perelman. He took to acting as well and was featured in several self-written plays such as “Play it Again, Sam” and “The Floating Light Bulb” and so on.

He took a long break and came back in 1965and he wrote the screenplay for the film, “What’s New Pussycat?”. In 1966it wasn’t long before he donned the hat of a director as his first movie, “What’s up Tiger, Lily?”.

The film was a redubbed product of a Japanese spy film with entirely new, comic dialogue which was assisted by Mickey Rose. After releasing his film, there was no looking back for him as he went on to direct several films. He handled the department of the screenplay. And he also wants to be a star in the films he directed.

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In 1977, he was further catapulted to greater fame with the release of “Annie Hall”. The movie created a stir in the entertainment industry and set the standard for a modern romantic comedy with four Academy Awards. In 1979 he released his next movie Manhattan which also becomes one of his success stories.

Woody AllenWoody Allen at the shoot (Source: the new york times)

His works turned somewhat somber with the comedies having philosophical undertones to them in the 1980s. While he released several movies, “Stardust Memories” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, are worthwhile mentioning. The 1990s saw him switch back to lighter comedy.

His films not only gained the appreciation of the crowd but also earned him quite a few Academy Award nominations. At the close of the decade, he moved to darker satirical tones, which is reflected in his works “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity”. In 2000 he collaborated with Dreamworks.

After, he released two movies “Midnight in Paris” in 2011 and 2012 “To Rome with Love”. While the Former marked his return to form, overtaking his most successful film at the box office and garnering much success and critical acclaim, the latter marked his return to acting.

Major Work and Awards

“Annie Hall” marked his walk to fame. It garnered a lot of critical acclaim and positive responses but went on to win four Academy Awards. The film is ranked at No. 35 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Best Movies” and No. 4 on the AFI list of “100 Best Comedies”. “Match Point” notably enhanced his reputation as a filmmaker. This movie earned more than 23$ million domestically and over $62 million at the international box office.

“Midnight in Paris” is his most successful film at the box office in the United States. It has earned around $56 million in North America. It was become his highest-grossing film of him and also won numerous awards, including Gloden Globe Award, Academy Awards, and Goya Award.

He has been nominated for the Academy Awards 23 times in various categories where he has received the award four times. Similarly, he has won the BAFTA awards 9 times out of 18 nominations.

For his work, he has received the honorary BAFTA Fellowship. He has been nominated 12 times and he won the award 3 times at the Golden Globe Awards. He is also the proud recipient of several Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Personal Life and Net Worth

Woody Allen got married thrice. His first wife’s name is Harlene Rose who lasts up from 1954 to 1959 and after that, he got married to Louise Lasser who last up from 1966 to 1969. And his present wife’s name is Soon Yi Previn 1997.

Woody AllenWoody Allen with his family (Source: News.com.au)

He also has shared romantic cooperation with a few other names Diana Keaton, Stacey Nelkin, and Mia Farrow. He has got one son named Dylan Farrow. Besides that, he adopted two daughters named Dumaine in 1999 and Manzie in 2000.

Similarly, he has got a net worth of around $140 million because he worked in many industries.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Woody Allen’s full name is Allan Stewart Konigsberg. His height is 5 feet and 5 inches and his weight is around 67 kilograms. Similarly, his eye color is Hazel and his hair color is Grey. He follows Jewish and his nationality is American. His Zodiac sign is Sagittarius and his Sexual orientation is Straight.

He is active on social media. He has got 2.2 million followers on his Facebook account. And in his Instagram account, he has got 44.5k followers.

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