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Woody Allen

Woody Allen


Date of Birth:
Dec 1, 1935

Place of Birth:
New York City, United States

Director, Writer, Actor, Comedian, Musician

Harlene Susan Rosen, (m. 1956; div. 1962), Louise Lasser, (m. 1966; div. 1970), Soon-Yi Previn, (m. 1997)

5, including Ronan Farrow

Home town:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Years active:

Observational comedy, satire, black comedy, self-deprecation, deadpan

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Woody Allen - Summary Details

Heywood Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American director, writer, actor, comedian, and musician whose career spans more than six decades. He began his career as a comedy writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television and publishing several books of short humor pieces. 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, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen fourth on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, while a UK survey ranked Allen as the third-greatest comedian.

By the mid-1960s, Allen was writing and directing films, first specializing in slapstick comedies before moving into dramatic material influenced by European art cinema during the 1970s, and alternating between comedies and dramas to the present. He is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup. Some of the best-known of his over 50 films are Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). In 2007 he said Stardust Memories (1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), and Match Point (2005) were his best films. Critic Roger Ebert described Allen as "a treasure of the cinema".

Allen has received many accolades and honors throughout his career. He has won four Academy Awards: three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He also garnered nine British Academy Film Awards. His screenplay for Annie Hall was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the "101 Funniest Screenplays". In 2011, PBS televised the film...

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Woody Allen Midnight In Paris

Midnight in Paris; This is a romantic comedy set in Paris about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married in the...

Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

Woody Allen’s new drama Blue Jasmine is about the dire consequences that can result when people avert their eyes from reality and the truth they don’t want to see.

Woody AllenTo Rome With Love

While Rome is a city abundant with romance and comedy, Woody Allen's To Rome With Love is about people having adventures that will change their lives forever.

Woody Allen Vicky Cristina Barcelona Interview

Woody Allen's latest movie, the Barcelona-set comedy/drama 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona, may be his most accomplished work in a decade, dealing with two American women in...

Sophie Lellouche Paris-Manhattan Interview

The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs Paris-Manhattan, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche's breezy romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life...

Emma Stone Magic in the Moonlight

Set in the 1920s on the opulent and idyllic Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight is an enchanting romantic comedy starring Colin Firth...,

Woody Allen - Melinda and Melinda

Woody Allen films have never been about special effects, but about recurring themes that deal with love, relationships, sex and Allen's various neuroses.

Woody Allen Mere Anarchy

Woody Allen Mere Anarchy, surreal, absurd, rich in verbal play, bitingly satirical and just plain daft, this collection includes tales of a body double - mistaken for...

Evan Rachel Wood The Wrestler Interview

When we first met seven years ago, Evan Rachel Wood was a mere 13, on the cusp of success. Now at a confident 21, the beautiful young actress has survived adolescence,...

Woody Allen: A Documentary DVD

Iconic writer, director, actor, comedian and musician Woody Allen allows his life and creative process to be documented on-camera for the first time.

Radha Mitchell Melinda and Melinda

Radha Mitchell is appropriately glamorous as we meet in a large, New York

Alice Taglioni Paris-Manhattan Interview

The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs Paris-Manhattan, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche's breezy romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life...

Patrick Bruel Paris-Manhattan Interview

The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs Paris-Manhattan, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche's breezy romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life...

Melinda And Melinda

'Melinda And Melinda' combines romantic comedy and drama in a way that Woody Allen, unique among filmmakers, likes to contrast. It takes place in Manhattan and...

Jason Biggs American Pie - Third Time Lucky?

Jason Biggs may have had as many flops as successes since breaking out in the first American Pie film. Now taller and wiser, the actor is on a roll, from his recent...

Penelope Cruz Vicki Cristina Barcelona Interview

Penelope Cruz walks into a Beverly Hills hotel room with a stunning red dress looking ravishing. Quietly reserved and ferociously guarded, Cruz is receiving strong...


Paris-Manhattan, the delicious and charming romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favourite filmmaker.

Radha Mitchell Man on Fire

Australian Radha Mitchell is reaching the pinnacle of a successful career but still concedes that the reality of working in Hollywood, does not necessarily match the...

Melinda and Melinda

Written and directed by Academy Award winner Woody Allen, Melinda & Melinda brings us the story of one woman told two ways - once as a comedy and once as a drama. With...

Jonathan Rhys Meyers August Rush Interview

In August Rush, the New York set fable about a musical prodigy (Freddie Highmore) searching for his parents (Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) he had to play...

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Just as New York City was the backdrop in Woody Allen's Manhattan, the stunning city of Barcelona is the setting for the romantic adventures...

Fading Gigolo

A sophisticated and whip smart adult comedy, Fading Gigolo tells the story of a New York City book store owner who manages to convince his friend that there is a...

Scarlett Johansson The Island Interview

The beautiful 20-year old Scarlett Johansson runs for her life, as a clone

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