Woody Allen. biography
Born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935, Woody Allen began experimenting in show business by first writing jokes for a local newspaper and then for talk shows at the age of 15. Despite having an intense fear of public speaking, Allen's agents, Charles Joffe and Jack Rollins, persuaded him to try stand-up, which ultimately led to a successful career as a comedian. When Allen was asked to write and star in a script for Warren Beatty, called What's New Pussycat, he immediately began producing better lines for his role and less compelling ones for Beatty. Beatty eventually left the project and was replaced by Peter Sellers, who required all the best lines. Allen quickly discovered that he was not made to work on a project unless he had total control.
Once Allen made his directorial debut in the comedy What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), he continued to write, direct and star in at least one comedy film a year, including the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969), Bananas (1971), Play it Again, Sam (1972), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) and Sleeper (1973). With his natural sense of comedy, witty dialogue, compelling characters and impressive film turnover rate, audiences across the country became more and more infatuated with the upcoming star.
He finally gained worldwide critical acclaim and fame for his performance opposite Diane Keaton in of one of his most well-known romantic comedies to-date, Annie Hall (1977) for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and won two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Writing. He then earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing for his second most famous comedy alongside Keaton, Manhattan (1979).
Allen's popularity continued to flourish with a string of farces following his classic comedy masterpieces, including Zelig (1983) for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor, Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) opposite Diane Keaton and Deconstructing Harry (1997), which resulted in a 1998 Academy Award nomination for Best Writing.
From early 2000 to the mid 2000s, Allen developed a similar work relationship he had with Keaton with the up-and-coming star Scarlett Johansson on back-to-back films, including the thriller Match Point (2005), the comedy mystery Scoop (2006) with Hugh Jackman, and the romance flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
Allen's most recent projects include, the comedy-drama You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), starring Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts, the fantasy-comedy Midnight in Paris (2011) with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Writing, ensued by a starring role opposite Penelope Cruz in To Rome with Love (2012) and the comedy Untitled Woody Allen Project (2013) with Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.