Woody Allen

Woody Allen
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Allen in New York, 2006
Allen Stewart Konigsberg

(1935-12-01) December 1, 1935 (age 84)
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, comedian, musician, playwright
Years active1950–present
Home townNew York City
  • Ronan Farrow (son)
  • Moses Farrow (son)
  • Dylan Farrow (daughter)
  • Bechet Dumaine Allen (daughter)
  • Manzie Tio Allen (daughter)[1]
RelativesLetty Aronson (sister)
AwardsSee Awards and Nominations
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Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician whose career spans more than 50 years. He has won the Academy Award three times, and many others in his very long career. His many works and his cerebral movie style, mixing satire and humor, have made him one of the most respected movie directors in the modern era. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in most of them. To inspire himself for his movies, Allen uses literature, philosophy, psychology, Judaism, European cinema, and New York City, where he was born and has lived all life.

Early life

Allen was born in The Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. His parents were Nettie (born Cherrie; November 8, 1906 – January 27, 2002), a bookkeeper at her family's delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg (December 25, 1900 – January 13, 2001), a jewelry engraver and waiter.[2] His family was Ashkenazi Jewish; his grandparents immigrated from Russia and Austria, and spoke Yiddish, Hebrew, and German.[3][4] Both parents were born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.[3] Allen has a sister, Letty, who was born in 1943, and was raised in Midwood, Brooklyn.[5]


Allen started writing scripts for The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show and other television shows when he was 19. He started working as a comedian in 1961. His first movie, What's New Pussycat?, was released in 1965. In 1966 he wrote his first play, the Broadway play Don't Drink the Water. In 1986 Allen's movie Hannah and Her Sisters made $18 million.

Personal life

Allen is Jewish.[6]

Allen has had three wives. He dated Mia Farrow for 12 years. However, they never married and lived in different houses. Allen and Farrow adopted Dylan and Mosche Farrow together. Mia said in 1994 that Allen molested her 7 year old daughter, Dylan Farrow.[7] In February, 2014 an open letter by Dylan was published by the New York Times. In the letter, Dylan said that Allen had molested her. Her brother Mosche, who is now known as Moses Farrow, said that Allen did not molest her.[8] Allen said the allegations were "untrue and disgraceful".[9] On February 7 2014, Allen wrote a response to Dylan in the New York Times.[10]

In 1992 Farrow realized that Allen was cheating on her with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn. She found naked pictures of Soon-yi in Allen's house. Farrow and Allen broke up.[11] In 1997 Allen married Previn.[12] Previn and Allen have two adopted daughters.

Allen is an atheist.[13]


  1. Silverman, Steven (November 6, 1997). "Woody's New Girl". People. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. "Woody Allen Biography (1935–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The religion of Woody Allen, director and actor". Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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  5. Newman, Andy; Kilgannon, Corey (June 5, 2002). "Curse of the Jaded Audience: Woody Allen, in Art and Life". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 'I think he's slacked off the last few movies', said Norman Brown, 70, a retired draftsman from Mr. Allen's old neighborhood, Midwood, Brooklyn, who said he had seen nearly all of Mr. Allen's 33 films.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. Everything you always want to know about Woody Allen
  7. Brozan, Nadine (13 May 1994). "Chronicle" – via NYTimes.com.
  8. Monde, Chiderah. "Dylan Farrow's brother speaks out against mom Mia Farrow, defends Woody Allen: 'Of course Woody did not molest my sister' - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com.
  9. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/allen-rejects-39-untrue-disgraceful-39-sex-abuse-232731191.html#osWnTRA
  10. Allen, Woody (7 February 2014). "Opinion - Woody Allen Speaks Out" – via NYTimes.com.
  11. "A Family Affair". PEOPLE.com.
  12. "CNN - Woody Allen marries Soon-Yi in Venice - December 24, 1997". edition.cnn.com.
  13. festivalcentral (19 May 2008). "Woody Allen at lunch in Cannes" – via YouTube.

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