Woody Allen

Woody Allen is a symbol of intellectual America, a Hollywood enfant terrible.

Woody Allen is a symbol of intellectual America, a Hollywood enfant terrible. Everyone knows him, but he is not close to everyone. The film director shocks and surprises, the audience laughs and cries over his pictures, each of which is a masterwork of cinematography.

Having a penchant for humor and wit, He still stands strong for his age in the entertainment industry and is respected by the world for his ability to express his feelings and emotions using slapstick humor. Magnificently endowed in the field of creativity, He has made a mark not only as a comedian but as an actor, director, playwright, and jazz musician. In his five-decade-long career, Allen has given the world numerous movies and theatrical works which are going to be influential and inspirational for the sheer sense of novelty and ingenuity that they carry. His long list of work has touched the various genres of humor, right from slapstick to satirical and even dark comedy. Interestingly, the actual personality of Allen is arch different from what he puts up on stage, as a neurotic, nervous and intellectual person. He carries the same persona for the big screen as well. For most of his movies, He has drawn inspiration from literature, philosophy, psychology, Judaism, European cinema and New York City. It is due to his sheer aptitude in filmmaking that he has been known the world over as one of the most prolific and gifted filmmakers of the modern era.

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Woody Allen’s Early Life and Education

Born as Allan Stewart Konigsberg to Nettie and Martin Konigsberg, Woody Allen was the first child of the two children of the couple. His sister, Letty, was born in 1943. His childhood was not a very remarkable one – the tempestuous relationship of his parents and the temperamental nature of his mother Nettie left a bad impact on young Allen.

He changed various schools and educational institutes at a young age before enrolling himself at Midwood High School. Allen was not particularly interested in course curriculum and instead showed greater interest in extra-curricular activities. At the age of seventeen, Allen legally changed his name to Heywood Allen with an aim to salvage himself from the ill-treatment meted out to him at the inter-faith summer camps by other children of different race and creed. After high school, he attended New York University, where he studied communication and film. After a brief stint at the City College in New York, where he flunked out, Allen switched to self-study.

Woody Allen’s Carrier

  • Endowed with an exemplary skill for writing gags, Allen’s career took shape when he was still in high school. He started writing monologues and became a full-time humourist.
  • His career took 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. It was during this time that Allen’s writing style took a definite form.
  • Allen inherited the nature of work wanderlust from his father, jumping from one project to the other when he got bored. As such, in 1961, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy, his debut being at a Greenwich Village Club, called Duplex.
  • The sharp wit, concise one-liners, and boxer timing helped Allen bring innovation and style in the genre of comedy monologues. His stand-up comedy was considered influential as was his move of posing as a neurotic, nervous and intellectual persona in the stand-up routine. It was due to this that he secured himself regular gigs at the nightclubs and in television.
  • He next took to writing short stories and eventually became a playwright. Most of the early comic fictions written by Allen have been inspired by the pun-ridden humor of S. J Perelman.
  • “Don’t Drink the Water” marked Allen’s debut at Broadway. In the next ventures, apart from merely writing the script, Allen took to acting as well and was featured in a number of self-written plays such as “Play it Again, Sam” and “The Floating Light Bulb” and so on.
  • The big break, however, came in 1965 when Allen wrote the screenplay for the film, “What’s New, Pussycat?” However, 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 donned the hat of a director as his first movie, “What’s up Tiger, Lily?” was released in 1966. Assisted by Mickey Rose, the film was a redubbed product of a Japanese spy film with entirely new, comic dialogues.
  • After the release of the first film, there was no looking back for Allen as he went on to direct several films. He not only handled the department of the screenplay but also went on to star in the films he directed.
  • While his career was escalating upwards, he was further catapulted to greater fame with the release of “Annie Hall” in 1977. With four Academy Awards, the movie created a stir in the entertainment industry and set the standard for modern romantic comedy.
    Next came in Manhattan, which was released in 1979. This movie, too, repeated the success story and enhanced Allen’s position.
  • In the 1980s, Allen’s works turned somewhat somber with the comedies having philosophical undertones to them. While he released several movies in this decade, two of his movies, “Stardust Memories” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, are worthwhile mentioning.
  • The 1990s saw Allen switch back to lighter comedy. His films not only gained the appreciation of the crowd but also earned him quite a few Academy Award nominations. At the close of the decade, Allen, however, moved to darker satirical tones, which is reflected in his works – “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity”.
  • In the Year 2000 saw Allen collaborating with Dreamworks. The films released during this period not only represented a change in direction but also highlighted the urgency 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.
  • Lately, Allen has released two movies “Midnight in Paris” in 2011 and “To Rome with Love” in 2012. While the former marked his return to form, overtaking his most successful film at the box-office and garnering much success and critical acclaim, the latter marked his return to acting.

Major Works of Woody Allen

  • “Annie Hall” marked Allen’s walk to fame. It not only garnered a lot of critical acclaims and positive response but went on to win four Academy Awards. What’s more, the film is ranked at No. 35 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Best Movies” and at No. 4 on the AFI list of “100 Best Comedies.”
  • “Match Point” significantly enhanced Allen’s reputation as a film-maker. The film earned more than $23 million domestically and over $62 million at the international box office.
  • Till date, “Midnight in Paris” is Allen’s most successful film at the box office in the United States. 93% of critics at Rotten Tomatoes have given the film a thumbs-up. It has earned more than $56 million in North America, thus becoming the highest grossing film of Allen. It won numerous awards, including Golden Globe Award, Academy Awards and Goya Award (Spanish equivalent of Academy Award).

Woody Allen’s Award and Achievements

  • For his outstanding contribution to cinema, he has been nominated for the Academy Awards 23 times in various categories. He has received the award four times.
  • Out of 18 nominations, he has won the BAFTA Awards 9 times. He even received the honorary BAFTA Fellowship for his work.
  • At the Golden Globe Awards, he has been nominated 12 times. He has won the award thrice.
  • He is also the proud recipient of several Lifetime Achievement Awards – Venice Film Festival, Director Guilds of America and Cannes Festival.

Woody Allen’s Net Worth and Salary

The net worth of Allen till now is estimated to be around $80 million and his salary wasn’t revealed yet.

Private Life of Woody Allen

It would be natural to think that the film director who has won the hearts of the whole world by his sense of humor is a humorist and optimist. But that’s not true. It’s known that Woody is a neurotic who suffers from melancholia and hypochondria. Allen has many phobias, such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders and all kind of insects). The film director doesn’t eat fish because of fear of choking with a piece of bone and hates small tea-leaves in tea.

The multi-talented, Woody Allen was married a few times. In 1956, he married his first wife, Harlene Rosen. Their marriage lasted six years. After the divorce, the woman said that she had not expected Allen to be such a despotic and quarrelsome person. She sued Allen for moral damage caused by his behavior which cost him a tidy sum and she won it.

His marriage with the second wife, Louise Lasser, lasted even less. They married in 1966 and divorced in 1969. Woody’s abrasive character and his infatuation for Diane Keaton became the reason for their divorce.

When Mia Farrow appeared in his life, it marked the beginning of their collaboration and long but unhappy relationships. Even though Woody and Mia were not married, they have a son, Ronan.

His infatuation for another woman became the reason for their break-off again. A 22-year old Mia’s adoptee, Soon-Yi Previn, who he officially married in 1997, was a rival in their love.

Woody Allen’s Dirty Story

In 1992, Mia reported on sexual harassment of Soon-Yi and her another adoptee, Dylan, by Allen. Ronan supported his mother and refused to maintain relationships with Woody Allen after the trial. Despite his testimony, the court rejected all charges against Allen.

After the premiere of Café Society in Cannes in 2016, Ronan and Dylan presented new sexual seduction charges against their foster father on their Instagram accounts. The scandal divided Hollywood into two sides – those who supported the film director and those who supported Mia and her children. Woody’s ex-wives, Diane Keaton, Javier Bardem, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Martin Scorsese, and Scarlett Johansson supported him.

His faithful wife, Soon-Yi, spends all her time with Woody who turned 82 in 2017. Her love and support mean a lot to the film director who said the words of gratitude to his wife many times.  In her interview for The New Yorker, Soon-Yi asked the public to ignore false insinuations. She also said that this old and dirty story has negatively affected Allen’s health.

Woody Allen Now

In 2017, Allen finished working on the drama Wonder Wheel. Such actors as Kate Winslet, James Belushi, and an actor and singer Justin Timberlake joined the film. Film director’s favorite theme runs through the whole film. He returns to the past once again, but why? The whole world expects to see new works of the master to find out the answer to this question. The premiere of the picture A Rainy Day in New York will take place in 2019. Elle Fanning and Jude Law work on this film. There are no exact dates of the premiere.

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