Woody Allen

(biography, photos, videos) Heywood Allen Stewart Konigsberg

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  • Name: Woody Allen ( Heywood Allen Stewart Konigsberg )
  • Date of birth: 1 December 1935
  • Age: 81 years
  • Place of birth: new York
  • Height: 165
  • Activities: American film Director, actor, comedian, producer, writer
  • Marital status: Married

    Woody Allen : a biography

    Heywood Allen Stewart Konigsberg, which is known to us as woody Allen, was born in new York in December 1935. His grandparents were German immigrants and spoke Yiddish and German. Heywood Allen Stewart was first born in the family of Nettie and Martin Konigsberg. After 8 years daughter, Letty (she is now the producer of the films of woody Allen). Parents of the future Director born and raised in Manhattan, then moved to Brooklyn. Nettie worked as an accountant in the confectionery store owned by the family. Martin worked as an engraver and jeweler.

    The first 8 classes of the Haywood Konigsberg studied in a Jewish school. Peers called him «Red» for the color of the hair. But Hesiod could stand up for himself, though it seemed weak and frail boy. He was a great baseball player and played well in basketball. And the guy has earned a reputation for its innate sense of humor. He wrote humorous notes for the school paper, he took the pseudonym woody Allen. These records brought him his first earnings. In 16 years, Allen noticed a comic artist milt Kemen. He gave woody Shaw Sid Caesar as a writer-humorist.

    After high school, woody Allen became a student of the University of new York, which selects the faculty of cinematography. But it lasted not long, as the particular did not differ diligence. Some time woody attended one of the colleges in new York, but here in school it did not happen. A young man forced to make. He wrote sketches for various Newspapers, appears as a comedian in night clubs in the city. One of these performances was seen by the producer Charles Feldman. He offered witty woody finish unfinished Comedy. After a year on the screens released tape «What’s new, pussy?», in which Allen made his debut as a screenwriter and as an actor.

    The first success has inspired woody Allen. He acted in small roles and undertakes the completion of other scenarios. But soon begins to realize that he is quite able to build your own career and make movies.


    A cinematic biography of woody Allen, beginning with Comedy Feldman, is developing rapidly. In 1966 he makes a parody of the painting «What happened, tiger Lily?,» directed by Senkichi Taniguchi. And after 3 years, Allen has shot a film «take the money and run». He not only worked on writing the script for this movie, but it played a major role.

    Next, woody Allen takes the whole film-making process into their own hands: he wrote the script to them, shoots them and is involved as an actor. So there was his picture «Play it again, Sam!», «Everything you wanted to know about sex * but were afraid to ask», «Annie Hall», «Manhattan», «Sex Comedy in summer night,» «Broadway Danny rose», «Purple rose of Cairo,» «Hannah and her sisters» and many other films, the heat received by audience and critics alike.

    A special place in cinematic biography of woody Allen is a tape of «Annie Hall». With the release of this film, there was a turn from the Director of the Comedy to a deeper drama and a new quality humor. The film won 4 Academy award and many other awards. Starred in the title role, Diane Keaton is nominated as Best actress. «Annie Hall» was included in the list of «100 best films selected by the American film Academy, finishing in 35th place. And in the list of «100 best comedies,» the picture came on 4-th place. Critics believe the tape is best of all taken woody Allen. She was a real breakthrough in the career of the Director and is nominated for 4 awards «Oscar».

    In the paintings of Allen traced the «brand» directorial style: it is an intelligent Comedy with elements of a psychological drama of absurdity and satire. To Allen, these films are not removed by anybody.

    Since the 1990s, Allen rarely appears as an actor. And in the 2000s he is done with acting and focused on writing scripts and directing. In the second half of the 2000s, woody makes films that the critics conventionally called «European cycle». This picture based on events in the major cities of Europe. «Match point,» which the Director himself considers it his best work was filmed in Britain. Later came the tape «Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona», «Rome with love», «Midnight in Paris». The last tape, starring Owen Wilson, grossed $ 150 million and was awarded 4 awards «Oscar» and «Golden globe».

    In the summer of 2013 on the world’s screens were shown a picture of woody Allen’s «Jasmine». Critics have written many laudatory reviews about the movie. Next year the Hollywood foreign press Association awarded Allen his «Prize Cecil B. DeMille».

    Woody is known not only for his films and scripts of plays he has written many books, published several collections of plays and stories. And he’s a big fan of jazz music. Allen himself plays beautifully on clarinet and saxophone. He often performs in clubs and at renowned concert venues. In the fall of 2008 woody Allen first staged «Gianni Schicchi». It premiered in Los Angeles. Critics acknowledged the statement the most significant event of 2008.

    Personal life

    The first wife of the producer was Harlin Rosen. The young people met at a jazz concert. The couple were married in 1956 in Hollywood and moved to new York, where, Harlan studied in philosophy, and woody wrote humorous sketches and scenarios. The marriage lasted 5 years and broke up. After the divorce, Rosen repeatedly pleaded with her ex-husband for his caustic remarks about her, appreciating his resentment a million dollars.

    The second marriage of woody Allen with actress Louise Lasser lasted even less. After 3 years, the couple broke up, but Louise managed to star in several films of her husband, the most successful of which is «take the money and run» and «Everything you always wanted to know about sex * but were afraid to ask».

    In 1997 woody Allen married. His freedom lasted 8 years, but ended after a meeting with Diane Keaton. The actress has had a considerable influence on the work of the Director and starred in many of his paintings, the most famous being «Annie Hall». By the way, the title of the movie is the real name of the actress. In the picture many biographical episodes from the life of the star couple. This marriage broke up, but Allen and Keaton broke up friends and continued to communicate and collaborate.

    In 1980, woody Allen had a love affair with MIA Farrow. The actress starred in 13 films, among which the most popular «the Purple rose of Cairo» and «Hannah and her sisters». Together the couple lived for 12 years, not registering relationship. MIA gave birth to Allen’s one and only son Ronan Seamus Farrow. They also adopted two children, Malone and Mike. The divorce of the pair was accompanied by loud scandal and multiple lawsuits. Ex-wife accused woody of child molestation, but the evidence is not provided.

    The real reason for the gap was having an affair with Allen’s stepdaughter or MIA soon-and Preven. This is the adopted daughter of Farrow and her former husband andré Previna. In the late 1990s woody Allen and soon-and Previn got married. Now they are raising two adopted children, Bechet and Mansi.

    The only son of Allen and Farrow, Ronan Seamus Farrow in 2011, made the list of «Forbes» magazine, which marked the most successful young people up to 30 years. He was an adviser to the U.S. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton on youth and was awarded a Rhodes scholarship, which allowed him to study in the University of Oxford.


    • Take the money and run
    • Play it again, Sam!
    • Everything you wanted to know about sex * but were afraid to ask
    • Annie Hall
    • Hannah and her sisters
    • Annie Hall
    • Match Point
    • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    • To Rome with love
    • Midnight in Paris
    • Jasmine


    Woody Allen

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