Heywood Allen Stewart Konigsberg , artistically known as Woody Allen , was born on December 1, 1935, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. Since he began his career in 1968, he has produced a total of 45 films, including great masterpieces such as Annie Hall, which earned him the Oscar for Best Director in 1977.
He is one of the most beloved celebrities in America.
Woody Allen Biography
His parents were Martin Konigsberg, a jewelry engraver and waiter, and Nettie Konigsberg, a bookkeeper for her family’s deli, who was of Jewish origin.
At the age of 15, his jokes were already published in the newspapers, earning him more money than his two parents combined.
Two years later, he legally changed his name to Heywood Allen, and later decided to start calling himself Woody Allen.
Considering how big Woody Allen’s life seems to be and the way his personality fills every room he walks into, it’s easy not to realize that the famous comedian is a small man in terms of height. He stands at just 5 feet. and 5 inches tall, but his fame and talent tower over buildings and skyscrapers.
Woody Allen Career
His career in the world of entertainment began as a comedy writer, at the age of 15 he began sending his jokes to different writers, who did not hesitate to hire him to write their comedy scripts.
By age 19, he was already writing scripts for such television shows as The Ed Sullivan Show , The Tonight Show , and other specials on television.
It took very little time for the writer to start writing short stories and comic strips for magazines like The New Yorker , some of his most famous writings are: Getting Even , Without Feathers , Side Effects and Mere Anarchy .
From 1960 to 1969, he became a well -known stand-up comedian , making a huge impact on stand-up comedy: “He helped make it a biting, brutally honest satirical commentary on the cultural and psychological tenor of the time.“
Allen first appeared on ‘ The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson ‘ on November 1, 1963 and by 1965 he had his own comedy show in Britain, ‘ The Woody Allen Show ‘.
The writer and actor also ventured into the world of cinema as a writer, director and actor, and although his film career consists of 48 films, these are the most acclaimed:
Life and Everything Else (2003)
Written and directed by Allen himself, it tells the story of a writer who has problems with his girlfriend and a teacher who has a history of mental illness.
Shadows and Fog (1991)
The writer-director paid homage to black and white in this story in which a group of vigilantes wake up an accountant to help search for an escaped strangler.
That’s the Way It Happens When It Happens (2009)
A mature and eccentric man who lives in New York meets a southern girl with whom he will experience a series of family and sentimental entanglements.
Boris Grushenko’s Last Night (1975)
Spiteful that the love of his life is marrying someone else, a young Russian enlists in the army, where he accidentally becomes a hero.
Memories of a Star (1980)
A successful director recalls his life and romance, his main inspiration, while attending a retrospective of his own work.
Crimes and Sins (1989)
It is the first film in which Allen mixes drama with comedy. The story follows an ophthalmologist who faces a crisis when his mistress threatens to reveal his affair, and other questionable business deals, to his wife.
Gunshots Over Broadway (1995)
The artistic side of a mob enforcer comes to the fore when he secretly helps a Pole script a production.
The Provocation (2005)
Chris Wilton, a young tennis coach, becomes obsessed with Nola Rice, his brother-in-law’s seductive fiancée.
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
A movie buff embarks on an intense adventure when an idol steps from the screen into her life.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
After her husband’s suicide, Jasmin must abandon her luxurious life in New York to move to San Francisco and live with her sister Ginger, where she will have to start anew.
Husbands and Wives (1992)
A marriage that has been married for many years begins to deteriorate when their best friends announce their separation.
Hannah and her sisters (1986)
Hannah’s husband has an affair with one sister, and her ex-husband ends up marrying the other sister.
During the 1920s, a man becomes famous for his ability to change the appearance of people he meets.
A divorced comedy writer dating a schoolgirl falls in love with his best friend’s mistress.
Two Strange Lovers (1977)
A comedian and a singer have problems in their relationship because of their different points of view, the film tells the story of their romance, from the beginning, to the point of conflict.
In addition to his comedy and his wonderful movies, Allen has left an incredible legacy in the theater world with wonderful works.
In addition to acting in several of them, he also managed to win several Tony Awards, and long seasons on Broadway.
His vast production reflects a personal world with recurrent themes such as religion, psychoanalysis, love or death.
Possessor of a sharp and hilarious prose, he has published plays such as Do not drink the water (1966) and Play it again Sam (1969), in addition to essays and numerous stories, he is also the author of books such as Getting even (1971) or Side effects (1981).
He has received, among other awards, the Golden Lion of Venice for his career (1995), the Donosti Award for his career at the San Sebastian Festival (2004) and the Honorary Golden Spike at the Valladolid International Film Week, SEMINCI (2008).
He has an honorary doctorate from Pompeu Fabra University (2007) and has been distinguished with the honorary title of Friend of Barcelona by the City Council.
In 2002 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
He is also the author of several books in which he overwhelmingly displays his caustic and arch-cultured humor, such as Getting Even (which in Spanish was titled How to end culture once and for all ) and Without Feathers ( Without feathers ), and various theater plays.
He published the autobiographical book “About Nothing”. The memoir, which is dedicated to his wife Soon-Yi Previn, who was the adopted daughter of his ex-wife Mia Farrow, deals with the director’s childhood in New York City, his love affair with actress Diane Keaton and also the accusations sexually abusing her then seven-year-old daughter Dylan Farrow.
Woody Allen Romantic Life
He has been married three times, and has had affairs with various women throughout his life.
In 1956, he married Harlene Rosen , he was 20 years old and she was 17. However, their marriage lasted only three years, since in 1959, they were officially divorced.
In 1966 he gave himself a new opportunity and married for the second time with Louise Lasser , an actress who participated in three of his films, unfortunately the relationship did not work out and in 1970 they divorced.
In 1969, he met the actress, Diane Keaton , they began an affair that barely lasted a year; however, she continued to act in her films. The most important in the career of both was ‘Two Strange Lovers‘.
In 1979, the writer-director met Mia Farrow , and in 1980 they made their 12-year relationship official.
She acted in 13 of his films, and although they spent a lot of time together as a couple, they never married or lived in the same house.
In 1992, he was the subject of a scandal whenshe found nude photographs of his adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn , at the filmmaker’s home. He confessed to her that he had taken them from her after having sex with her.
Soon-Yi Previn confessed that her first interaction with him had been in 1991, after she suffered an injury in a basketball game at school. He started attending the games, and they’ve been together ever since.
In August 1992, he said in an interview for Time Magazine: “I have never lived with Mia. I never slept in Mia’s apartment in my entire life, and I never used to go there until my kids came seven years ago. I never had family dinners there. I was not a father to her foster children in any sense of the word. Soon-Yi never treated me like a father figure.“.
Soon Yi and Woody were married in Venice, Italy, on December 23, 1997, and currently live together in East Manhattan.
Woody Allen Net Worth
He has been working in the entertainment industry since he was a teenager.
Over the years, he has amassed an incredible amount of fame, acclaim, and wealth from writing, producing, directing, acting, and performing. Currently, he is estimated to have a net worth of over $80 million.