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Monday, 1 August 2011

Woody Allen

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in the Bronx, New York City, on December 1, 1935. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Nettie (born Cherry), a bookkeeper at her family's delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg, a jewelry engraver and waiter.

As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Woody spent most of his time alone in his room practicing magic tricks or playing his clarinet.

Although depicting himself as nerd in his movies, Woody was a popular student and adept baseball and basketball player at high school.

Allen as a high school senior, 1953

Woody Allen broke into show business at age 15 when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week.

In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish man.

His film directing debut was What's Up, Tiger Lily?, which was a Japanese spy movie that he dubbed over with his own comedic dialogue about spies searching for the secret recipe for egg salad.

Nearly all of his films start and end with white-on-black credits, set in the Windsor typeface, set to jazz music, without any scrolling.

Woody Allen has written all of his screenplays using the same manual typewriter.

Woody Allen at Cannes 2016

Allen refuses to watch any of his movies once they are released.

His 16 Oscar Nominations for Best Original Screenplay as of 2014 are a record for that category.

His variety of neuroses include: arachnophobia (spiders), entomophobia (insects), heliophobia (sunshine), cynophobia (dogs), altophobia (heights), demophobia (crowds), carcinophobia (cancer), thanatophobia (death), misophobia (germs). He admits to being terrified of hotel bathrooms.

Publicity photo of Woody Allen taken in Chicago when he was a guest on Irv Kupcinet show

After his relationship with Mia Farrow ended acrimoniously in 1992, Woody Allen confessed to a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his former partner.

According to Mia Farrow, her former husband Frank Sinatra offered to have Allen’s legs broken when he discovered the director and screenwriter was having an affair with Soon-Yi Previn.

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn married on December 23, 1997 and have adopted two daughters.

Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen at the Tribeca Film Festival

Woody and his New Orleans Jazz Band play every Monday evening at Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel, specializing in classic New Orleans jazz from the early twentieth century. The house rule is that he cannot be addressed by any member of the audience. If someone does speak to him, they are automatically ejected from the club.

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