Woody Allen is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician.
Allen was born in The Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Nettie, a bookkeeper at her family’s delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg , a jewelry engraver and waiter.
His childhood was not particularly happy: his parents did not get along, and he had a rocky relationship with his stern, temperamental mother.
During that time, he lived in an apartment at 968 East 14th Street.
He impressed students with his extraordinary talent at card and magic tricks.
He began to call himself Woody Allen.At the age of 17, he legally changed his name to Heywood Allen.
After high school, he attended New York University, where he studied communication and film. He later briefly attended City College of New York and soon flunked out. Later, he learned via self-study rather than the classroom. He eventually taught at The New School. He also studied with writing teacher Lajos Egri.
He became a full-time writer for humorist Herb Shriner, initially earning $75 a week. At the age of 19, he started writing scripts for The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, specials for Sid Caesar post-Caesar’s Hour (1954–1957), and other television shows.
In 1961, he started a new career as a stand-up comedian, debuting in a Greenwich Village club called the Duplex.
Allen started writing short stories and cartoon captions for magazines such as The New Yorker; he was inspired by the tradition of four prominent New Yorker‘s humoristsAllen is also an accomplished author, having published four collections of his short pieces and plays.
He also became a successful Broadway playwright and wrote Don’t Drink the Water in 1966.
His first movie was the Charles K. Feldman production What’s New Pussycat? in 1965, for which he wrote the initial screenplay.Allen directed, starred in, and wrote Take the Money and Run in 1969, which received positive reviews. In 1972, he wrote and starred in the film version of Play It Again, Sam, which was directed by Herbert Ross and co-starred Diane Keaton. In 1976, he starred in The Front.
Allen’s 1980s films, even the comedies, have somber and philosophical undertones, with their influences being the works of European directors, specifically Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini.
Allen combined tragic and comic elements in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors.
For many years, Allen wanted to make a film about the origins of jazz in New Orleans.
Allen has had three wives: Harlene Rosen (1954–1959), Louise Lasser (1966–1969) and his present marriage to Soon-Yi Previn (1997–present). Though Allen had a 10-year romantic relationship with actress Mia Farrow, the two were never married. Allen also had romantic relationships with Diane Keaton and Stacey Nelkin.
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