1 December 1935
Bronx NY, USA (40 N 51, 73 W 54)
Rodden Rating "AA"
This chart belongs to "Allan Stewart Konigsberg" aka "Woody Allen".
One of the greatest directors in the history of cinema.
American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright.
Allen's films draw heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema.
He has an estimated net worth of $40 million.
The ultimate pessimist, Allen is an anhedonic, one who is psychologically unable to enjoy himself. Known for his painful courtesy, his generosity and his frantic attempts to avoid publicity, he likes to shop for antiques, visit art galleries and museums. Slight in stature with thinning hair and a worried expression.
The son of Nettie (née Cherrie; November 8, 1906 – January 27, 2002), a bookkeeper at her family's delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg (December 25, 1900 – January 13, 2001), a jewelry engraver and waiter.
Allen has a sister,'Letty' who was born in 1943 .
His childhood was not particularly happy: his parents did not get along, and he had a rocky relationship with his stern, temperamental mother.
He detested going to Temple, hated school and got bad grades in everything except English. He was also fearful, filled with nameless anxiety that expressed as fear of water, heights, airline stewardesses, dishwashers of Holiday Inns, but most profoundly, fear of the dark and of death. Terribly shy and introverted
As a young boy, he became intrigued with magic tricks and playing the clarinet, two hobbies that he continues to do today.
He broke into show business at age 15 when he started writing jokes for a local paper and later on went on to become a stand-up comedian, and later did his first theoretical directorial debut "What's up tiger lily"(1966) and still manages to squeeze in atleast One film a year, his latest being 'Midnight in Paris'(2011).
Woody Allen has won 3 Academy Awards and been nominated a total of 21 times
: 14 as a screenwriter, six as a director, and one as an actor. He has more screenwriting Academy Award nominations than any other writer;
all are in the "Best Original Screenplay" category. He is tied for fifth all-time with six Best Director nominations.
His actors have regularly received both nominations and Academy Awards for their work in Allen films, particularly in the Best Supporting categories.
In 1996, Allen received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of America.
In June 2007, Allen received a PhD degree Honoris Causa from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.
1. Married and divorced 'Harleen' (15 March 1956 - November 1962).
2. Married and divorced 'Louise Lasser'(2 February 1966 - January 1970). Lasser acted in 3 of Allen's films after the divorce.
3.Married 'Soon-Yi Previn'- (24 December 1997 - present)
Relations that didn't make it to marriage.
Dated 'Diane Keaton' from 1970 and that relation lasted for a year and they remain close friends till date. Diane keaton starred in 5 movies of woody allen.
In the fall of 1979 he met Mia Farrow, who had seven children. They slowly began a relationship early in 1980, wondrous at how different they were. He was then 43 and she, 34. They resolved their opposite tastes for 11 years by living in separate apartments that face each other across Central Park. Though they never lived together they had one biological child
and adopted two. The relationship began falling apart in the end of the '80s.
Allen's relationship with "SOON-YI-PREVIN" became a huge scandal as she was one of 'Mia Farrow's' adopted daughter. Even though Allen never married Mia Farrow and was never Previn's legal stepfather, the relationship between Allen and Previn has often been referred to as a father involved romantically with his stepdaughter since he had been perceived as being in Previn's life in a father-like capacity.
In 1991, when the relationship started, Allen was 56 and Previn was 18.
The couple has 2 adopted daughters.
Allen spent at least 30 years undergoing psychoanalysis. Many of his films contain references to psychoanalysis.
"Allen says he ended his psychoanalysis visits around the time he began his relationship with Previn. He says he still is claustrophobic and agoraphobic".
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