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Woody Allen Biography
Woody Allen (Heywood “Woody” Allen), born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 is an American director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States to Nettie and Martin Konigsberg, Woody Allen was the first child of the two children of the couple. He has a sister, Letty, was born in 1943.Woody Allen
Woody Allen Age
Born on 1st December 1935.
Woody Allen’s Wife | Woody Allen Married | Woody Allen Marriage
Allen got married to 17-year-old Harlene Rosen in 1956 when he was 20. Their marriage lasted upto 1959. His ex wife Rosen, whom Allen referred to as the Dread Mrs. Allen in his standup act , sued him for defamation as a result of comments he made during a television appearance shortly after their divorce. In his standup album Standup Comic, in mid-1960s, Allen said that Rosen had sued him because of a joke he made in an interview. She had been sexually assaulted outside her apartment but tccording to Allen, the newspapers reported that she had been violated. In the interview, Allen said, “Knowing my ex-wife, it probably wasn’t a moving violation.” Allen repeated his commentsin an interview on The Dick Cavett Show, and said he had been sued for “$1 million.”
Later in 1966, Allen got married to Louise Lasser. However, they got divorced in 1970.
Allen met Mia Farrow in 1979 and began a 12-year relationship in 1980. From 1982 to 1992, she starred in 13 of Allen’s films . Throughout the relationship they lived in separate apartments on opposite sides of Central Park in Manhattan. When they met, Farrow had seven children; three biological sons from her marriage to composer André Previn, three adopted girls; two Vietnamese and one Korean, Soon-Yi Previn , and one adopted Korean boy, Moses Farrow.
The couple tried to have a biological child together in 1984. Allen had agreed to the arrangement on the understanding that he need not be involved in the child’s care. Farrow adopted a baby girl, Dylan Farrow, in July 1985, Wwhen the effort to get pregnant failed . However, he was not involved in the adoption, when Dylan arrived he assumed a parental role toward her and began spending more time in Farrow’s home. Farrow gave birth to their son Satchel Farrow , later known as Ronan Farrow, on December 19, 1987 . Farrow wanted to adopt another child in 1991. Allen, according to a 1993 custody hearing, told her he would not object to another adoption so long as she would agree to his adoption of Dylan and Moses. That adoption was finalized in December 1991. Allen’s biographer, Eric Lax, wrote in The New York Times in February 1991 that Allen was always there before the children wake up in the morning, he sees them during the day and he helps put them to bed at night”.
Woody Allen Soon Yi
Mia Farrow and André Previn adopted Soon-Yi Previn, who had been abandoned in the slums of Seoul, in 1978. Her passport at the time of the adoption, said that she was seven years old. Later a bone scan in the U.S. determined that she was between five and seven years old. Her first friendly interaction with Allen, according to Previn, took place when she was injured playing soccer during her junior year of high school and Allen offered to transport her to school. She began attending New York Knicks basketball games with Allen, after her injury . They went to more games and by 1991 had become closer. She began her studies at Drew University in New Jersey, in September 1991 .
Farrow found nude photographs of Soon-Yi Previn in Allen’s home, in January 1992. Allen, who was 57 at the time , told Farrow that he had taken the photos the day before, approximately two weeks after he first had sex with Previn. Shortly after the photographs were discovered, both Farrow and Allen contacted lawyers. Previn was soon asked to leave summer camp because she was spending too much time taking calls from a “Mr. Simon”, who turned out to be Allen.
He described his relationship with Soon-Yi as a fling that developed into a more significant relationship. Although he described his role in their adult relationship as “paternal” he denies any parental or paternal role in Previn’s life during her upbringing. On August 17, 1992, he issued a statement , saying that he was in love with Soon-Yi. In August 1992, his relationship with Previn became public and “erupted into tabloid headlines and late-night monologues.”
Allen and Previn got married in Venice, Italy on December 23, 1997 and adopted two children, Bechet and Manzie. They currently live in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Woody Allen Son | Woody Allen Ronan Farrow
He has one biological son; Ronan Farrow and one adopted son Moses Farrow.
Woody Allen Career
Equipped with an exemplary skill for writing gags, Allen’s career took shape when he was still in high school. He began writing monologues and became a full time humorist.
His career kicked off in the year 1954 when he assisted Caesar in writing scripts for shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and the rest. This helped his writing style take a definite form.
He inherited the nature of work wanderlust from his father, moving from one project to the other when he got bored. In 1961, he tried his hand at stand up comedy, with his debut being at a Greenwich Village Club, called Duplex.
The intelligence, concise one-liners, and boxer timing helped Allen bring innovation and style in the genre of comedy monologues. His comedy was considered influential as was his move of posing as a neurotic, nervous and intellectual persona in the stand-up routine. As a result he secured himself regular gigs at the nightclubs and in television.
Woody Allen Play Wright
Later he ventured to writing short stories and eventually became a playwright. Most of his early comic fictions have been inspired by the pun-ridden humor of S. J Perelman.
“Don’t Drink the Water” marked his debut at Broadway. In his next ventures, Allen took to acting in addition to writing the script, and was featured in a number of self-written plays such as “Play it Again, Sam” and “The Floating Light Bulb” among others.
However,his big break, came in 1965 when Allen wrote the screenplay for the film, What’s New, Pussycat?. Disappointed with the changes brought in the final product, Allen swore to never write another script unless he was the director of the film.
It wasn’t long before Allen put on the hat of a director as in 1966 his first movie, What’s up Tiger, Lily? was released . With the help of Mickey Rose, the film was a re-dubbed product of a Japanese spy film with entirely new, comic dialogues.
There was no looking back for Allen after the release of the first film, as he went on to direct several films. Other than handling the department of screenplay, Allen also went on to star in the films he directed.
Withe his career escalating upwards, he was further catapulted to greater fame in 1977 with the release of “Annie Hall” . Having won four Academy Awards, the movie created a stir in the entertainment industry and set the standard for modern romantic comedy.
Woody Allen Manhattan – Woody Allen Diane Keaton Movie
Later he released the movie Manhattan, in 1979. This movie, too, took the same success route and enhanced Allen’s position. The movie starred Woody Allen as Isaac Davis; Diane Keaton as Mary Wilkie; Michael Murphy as Yale Pollack; Mariel Hemingway as Tracy; Meryl Streep as Jill among others.
Allen’s works turned somewhat sombre in the 1980s,with the comedies having philosophical undertones to them. Although he released several movies in this decade, only two of his movies, Stardust Memories and The Purple Rose of Cairo, are worth mentioning.
In the 1990s Allen switched back to lighter comedy. His films which gained appreciation of the crowd, also earned him quite a few Academy Award nominations. At the end of the decade, Allen, however, moved to darker satirical tones, which is reflected in his works – Deconstructing Harry and Celebrity.
In 2000 Allen collaborated with Dreamworks. The films he released during this period not only represented a change in direction but also highlighted the urge of Allen to return to slapstick humor, one which he specialized in right from a tender age. The decade was a mixed one for Allen, bringing forth huge success and failures.
Later, Allen released two movies Midnight in Paris in 2011 and To Rome with Love in 2012. Other than marking his return to form, overtaking his most successful film at the box-office and garnering much success and critical acclaim, the latter also marked his return to acting.
Blue Jasmine a film set in San Francisco and New York, debuted in July 2013. It stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, and Peter Sarsgaard. Opened to critical acclaim, the film earned Allen another Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and Blanchett went to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress. He later co-starred with John Turturro in Fading Gigolo, written and directed by Turturro, which premiered in September 2013. Allen shot the romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight in Nice, France in 2013. The film, was set in the 1920s on the French Riviera.
Woody Allen Antz
In 1998, Allen provided the voice of Z in DreamWorks’ first animated film, Antz which featured many actors he had worked with; Allen’s character was similar to his earlier neurotic roles.
Woody Allen Sleeper
Allen, a passionate fan of jazz, featured prominently in the soundtracks to his films. He began playing the clarinet as a child and took his stage name from clarinetist Woody Herman. Since the late 1960s, he has performed publicly , notably with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the soundtrack of Sleeper. The first of four screenplays co-written by Allen and Marshall Brickman, was Sleeper.
Woody Allen Bananas
In 1971 Allen directed the film Bananas an American comedy film. The film starred Allen, Louise Lasser, and Carlos Montalban.
Woody Allen Annie Hall
Annie Hall one of his screenplays was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the “101 Funniest Screenplays”.
Woody Allen Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $80 million
Woody Allen Movies
- What’s New Pussycat? (1965) (actor and screenwriter only)
- What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
- Casino Royale (1967) (actor only)
- Take the Money and Run (1969)
- Bananas (1971)
- Play It Again, Sam (1972) (actor and screenwriter only)
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972)
- Sleeper (1973)
- Love and Death (1975)
- The Front (1976) (actor only)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- Interiors (1978)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Stardust Memories (1980)
- A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)
- Zelig (1983)
- Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
- The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
- Meetin’ WA (1986) (himself)
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
- Radio Days (1987)
- September (1987)
- King Lear (1987) (actor only – uncredited cameo)
- Another Woman (1988)
- New York Stories (1989) (“Oedipus Wrecks” segment only)
- Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
- Alice (1990)
- Scenes from a Mall (1991) (actor only)
- Shadows and Fog (1991)
- Husbands and Wives (1992)
- Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
- Bullets over Broadway (1994)
- Don’t Drink the Water (1994)
- Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
- Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
- Deconstructing Harry (1997)
- Wild Man Blues (1997) (documentary) (himself)
- The Impostors (1998) (actor only – uncredited role)
- Antz (1998) (voice)
- Celebrity (1998)
- Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
- Company Man (2000) (actor only – uncredited role)
- Small Time Crooks (2000)
- Picking Up the Pieces (2000) (actor only)
- The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
- Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001) (documentary) (himself)
- Hollywood Ending (2002)
- Anything Else (2003)
- Melinda and Melinda (2004)
- Match Point (2005)
- Scoop (2006)
- Cassandra’s Dream (2007)
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
- Whatever Works (2009)
- You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
- Midnight in Paris (2011)
- Paris Manhattan (2012) (actor only)
- To Rome with Love (2012)
- Fading Gigolo (2013) (actor only)
- Blue Jasmine (2013)
- Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
- Irrational Man (2015)
- Café Society (2016)
- Wonder Wheel (2017)
- A Rainy Day in New York (TBC)
Woody Allen Quotes
- Eighty percent of success is showing up.
- The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic.
- It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
- If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.
- If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
- I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
- Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
- Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering – and it’s all over much too soon.
- Hey, don’t knock masturbation. It’s sex with someone I love.
- To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.
Woody Allen Best Movies
- Annie Hall
- Midnight in Paris
- Stardust Memories
- Take the Money and Run
- Broadway Danny Rose
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- Crimes and Misdemeanours
- Love and Death
Woody Allen New Movie
Allen’s new movie is called A Rainy Day in New York. However the movie has been left in limbo has ti seems to have been shelved indefinitely.
Woody Allen Movies On Netflix
- Annie Hall
- Love and Death
- Play It Again, Sam
- Midnight in Paris
- Blue Jasmine
- Whatever Works
- Fading Gigolo
Woody Allen Sexual Assault Allegation
According to court testimony, Allen visited the children at Mia Farrow’s home in Bridgewater, Connecticut, on August 4, 1992, while she was out shopping with a friend. The next day, the friend’s babysitter told her employer that she had seen Allen behaving inappropriately with Dylan. When Farrow asked Dylan about it, she alleged that Allen had touched her “private part” while they were alone together in the attic. One of the women employed to take care for Farrow’s children said that she had not known where Dylan was, for about 20 minutes that afternoon while the second woman said that, at one point, Dylan had been wearing no underwear under her dress. Farrow told her daughter’s pediatrician, who informed authorities.
However, Allen strongly denied the allegation, calling it an unconscionable and gruesomely damaging manipulation of innocent children for vindictive and self-serving motives. Allen later began proceedings in New York Supreme Court for sole custody of his and Farrow’s son Satchel, as well as Dylan and Moses, the two adopted children of Farrow that Allen had adopted as well. In March 1993 a months-long investigation by the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of Yale–New Haven Hospital concluded that Dylan had not been sexually assaulted. The judge in June 1993, rejected Allen’s bid for custody. He stated that the Yale–New Haven team’s unwillingness to testify in court, except through a deposition, together with the destruction of its notes, had rendered its report sanitized and, therefore, less credible. In September 1993 , the state prosecutor announced that, despite having probable cause, he would not pursue charges, in order to spare Dylan from the ordeal.
The issue returned to the forefront of media attention in 2014, when Allen received a Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement . Columnist Nicholas Kristof, with Dylan’s permission, published an editorial in the New York Times on February 1, 2014, that included excerpts from a letter Dylan had written to Kristof about her memories and feelings about the initial episode, public reaction to the issue, and Allen’s award. A blog post by Moses Farrow on May 23, 2018, defended Allen against the allegations leveled against him by Mia and Dylan Farrow.
Allen is once again facing accusations of sexual misconduct with minors.
The director’s reputation came under fire on Monday 17th December 2018 when the Hollywood Reporter published a lengthy exposé on Allen’s alleged eight-year relationship with a then-16-year-old Babi Christina Engelhardt.
According to the model, they embarked on their illicit romance in October 1976, after briefly meeting at a New York City restaurant. She went on to reveal that it wasn’t Allen who made the first move, but herself, a brazen young teen. Babi wrote her number on a napkin in an attempt to get his attention, and joked, Since you’ve signed enough autographs, here’s mine!.
Her bold move achieved her intentions and she claimed that they soon met at his penthouse on Fifth Avenue, where they would reportedly engage in sexual activities for the next eight-years. Babi was still 16, for the first three or so months that they began their affair, until she reached New York’s legal age of 17 in December.