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Woody Allen

DOB: December 1, 1935

Background: Allen was born and raised in New York City. He spoke Yiddish as a child and attended Hebrew school for eight years. He wrote jokes, which agent David O. Alber sold to newspaper columnists, and by age seventeen Allen was already making more money than both his parents combined. After high school, he studied communication and film at NYU. He later taught for a time at the New School.

Filmography: By the time he was nineteen, he was writing for "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show," and specials for Sid Caesar. He also found success as a playwright, penning "Don't Drink the Water" in 1966 and "Play it Again, Sam" in 1969.

His first film as a director was "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" (1966), in which he took an existing Japanese spy film and redubbed it, completely altering the plot and tone. He next wrote, directed, and starred in "Take the Money and Run" 1969. A stringle of films in the early 1970s included "Bananas" (1971), "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)" (1972), "Sleeper" (1973), and "Love and Death" (1975), and then came his major breakthrough film, "Annie Hall" (1977), which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director and is considered among the greatest American films. His next film, "Interiors" (1978), was a dark drama inspired by Ingmar Bergman, whom Allen credits as a major creative influence. Then came the black-and-white film "Manhattan" (1979).

Allen's 1980s films are also distinguished by their Bergman- and Fellini-inspired philosophical undertones, among them "September" (1987), "Radio Days" (1987), and "Another Woman" (1988). He also helmed "Stardust Memories" (1980), the mockumentary "Zelig" (1983), "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985). In 1986 he directed another landmark film, "Hannah and Her Sisters," starring Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, and Barbara Hershey. In 1989 came "Crimes and Misdemeanors," a tragicomic film that earned Allen Oscar nominations for writing and directing.

He ventured into drama again in the 1990s with "Husbands and Wives" (1992), after which he directed lighter fare like "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), the Oscar-winning "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), and the musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996). Ther jazz-themed comedy "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999) earned Oscar bids for stars Sean Penn and Samantha Morton.

His films since 2000 have received largely mixed reviews, including "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), "Hollywood Ending" (2002), and "Anything Else" (2003). But he achieved acclaim again in 2005 for the dark drama "Match Point," a UK-based drama that marked a departure from his typical New York setting. "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) won an Oscar for star Penelope Cruz, and after another pair of films with limited success, "Whatever Works" (2009) and "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" (2010), he received critical acclaim for "Midnight in Paris."

Academy Awards: Wins - Best Director ("Annie Hall," 1978); Best Original Screenplay ("Midnight in Paris," 2011); Best Original Screenplay ("Hannah and Her Sisters," 1987) Best Original Screenplay ("Annie Hall," 1978)

Best Actor Nomination
"Annie Hall" (1978); lost to Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl")

Best Director Nominations
"Midnight in Paris" (2011); lost to Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
"Bullets Over Broadway" (1995); lost to Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump")
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1990); lost to Oliver Stone ("Born on the Fourth of July")
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1987); lost to Oliver Stone ("Platoon")
"Broadway Danny Rose" (1985); lost to Milos Forman ("Amadeus")
"Interiors" (1979); lost to Michael Cimino ("The Deer Hunter")

Best Original Screenplay Nominations
"Blue Jasmine" (2013); lost to Spike Jonze ("Her")
"Match Point" (2006); lost to Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco ("Crash")
"Deconstructing Harry" (1998); lost to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting")
"Mighty Aphrodite" (1996); lost to Christopher McQuarrie ("The Usual Suspects")
"Bullets Over Broadway" (1995); lost to Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary ("Pulp Fiction")
"Husbands and Wives" (1993); lost to lost to Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game")
"Alice" (1991); lost to Bruce Joel Rubin ("Ghost")
"Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1990); lost to Tom Schulman ("Dead Poets Society")
"Radio Days" (1988); lost to John Patrick Shanley ("Moonstruck")
"The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1986); lost to Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley, and Pamela Wallace ("Witness")
"Broadway Danny Rose" (1985); lost to Robert Benton ("Places in the Heart")
"Manhattan" (1980); lost to Steve Tesich ("Breaking Away")
"Interiors" (1979); lost to Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, and Robert C. Jones ("Coming Home")

Tony Awards:

Best Book of a Musical Nomination
"Bullets Over Broadway" (2014); lost to Robert Freedman ("Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder")

Golden Globes: Wins - Best Film Screenplay ("Midnight in Paris," 2012); Best Film Screenplay ("The Purple Rose of Cairo," 1986)

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor Nominations
"Zelig" (1984); lost to Michael Caine ("Educating Rita")
"Annie Hall" (1978); lost to Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl")

Best Film Director Nominations
"Midnight in Paris" (2012); lost to Martin Scorsese ("Hugo")
"Match Point" (2006); lost to Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain")
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1987); lost to Oliver Stone ("Platoon")
"Interiors" (1979); lost to Michael Cimino ("The Deer Hunter")
"Annie Hall" (1978); lost to Herbert Ross ("The Turning Point")

Best Film Screenplay Nominations
"Match Point" (2006); lost to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana ("Brokeback Mountain")
"Hannah and Her Sisters" (1987); lost to Robert Bolt ("The Mission")
"Interiors" (1979); lost to Oliver Stone ("Midnight Express")
"Annie Hall" (1978); lost to Neil Simon ("The Goodbye Girl")

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