17 Interesting Facts About Woody Allen

Woody Allen is one of the most prominent award winning filmmaker, America has ever produced. He is known both for his comedy and serious films and is well known for famous films like Annie Hall and Manhattan. Let us find out some interesting facts about Woody Allen.

Woody Allen 2015

Sponsored
Image: wikimedia.org

1. Early life and family

young woody allenAllen Stewart Konigsberg (officially changed his name to Heywood Allen or Woody Allan at the age of 17)  was born on December 1, 1935, in The Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Allen has a younger sister, Letty. He had a difficult childhood as his parents did not get along, and he had a rocky relationship with his strict, mercurial mother.
Source: wikipedia, image: flickr

2. Educational background

He went to Public School 99, while attending Hebrew School for about 8 yrs and graduated from Midwood High School at Brooklyn College. As a student he was more inclined towards baseball than school and also had exceptional talent at card and magic tricks.
Source: wikipedia

3. Beginning with comedy

Woody Allen youngAt the age of 15, he started writing jokes or gags for a newspaper column, to raise money. As a result of the appreciation, he was invited to join the NBC Writer’s Development Program in 1955, and was paid $25 weekly.
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

4. Stand-up comedy and films

From 1960 to 1969, he performed many stand-up shows to enhance his comedy. In 1965, he entered the film line as a screenplay writer for the movie “What’s New Pussycat?”, which proved to be a disappointment.
Source: wikipedia

Sponsored

5. The turning point

annie hallIn 1977, his career breakthrough came with the romantic comedy movie “Annie Hall”, starring Diane Keaton, that also formed fashion trend with the clothes worn by Diane Keaton.
Source: biography.com, image: princetonfilmsociety.com

6. His highest and lowest grossing films

In 1986, his movie “Hannah and Her Sisters” was released, and gained huge collection of $40 million. Later, he released ‘September’, an year after the success of “Hannah and Her Sisters” , but it failed with the collection of just $486,484.
Source: news.moviefone.com

7. Biggest hit as a leading man

WOODY ALLENIn 1979, the romantic comedy-drama film “Manhattan”, in which he directed as well as acted, proved to be his biggest hit as a leading man, with the collection of $39.9 million.
Source: news.moviefone.com, image: flickr

8. Passion for jazz

Sponsored

Woody Allen playing the jazz clarinetHe loves music and plays the jazz clarinet frequently at small venues. He is the regular musician at the Carlyle Hotel on Monday evenings with his band.
Source: 10-facts-about.com, image: flickr

9. His idol

Woody Herman 1949
Woody Herman

He was a big fan of the jazz clarinetist Woody Herman. Although, Allen’s real name was Allen Stewart Konigsberg, but he chose his artist name from his idol. He is also a fan of Alfredo Zitarrosa, one of the best Uruguayan musicians.
Source: mystarlettes.blogspot.in

10. Favorite movies

His favorite movies are Purple Rose, Stardust Memories, Citizen Kane, The Bicycle Thief, The Grand Illusion, The Seventh Seal and Match Point.
Source: mystarlettes.blogspot.in

11. Most expensive movie

woody allen behind the scenesHis 2001 released, crime-comedy movie “The Curse of the Jade Scorpion” was made in $33 million, but only collected $18.9 million worldwide.
Source: wikipedia, image: flickr

Sponsored

12. Psychoanalysis

Woody Allen 1969For more than 37 years, he had gone through psychoanalysis, up to 3 days a week, but stopped after dating his current wife.
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

13. Places he likes the most

He always had an irrational love for New York City. He also loves Venice, and helped to raise funds to re-construct the venetian theater,La Fenice, which was destroyed by a fire.
Source: trivia.famousfix.com

14. Personal life

Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen
Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen

Allen had 3 marriages with Harlene Rosen, Louise Lasser and Soon-Yi Previn (present), and also had a 12-year relationship with actress Mia Farrow. He has 5 childern : Ronan Farrow, Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow, Manzie Tio Allen, Moses Farrow and Bechet Allen.
Source: wikipedia

15. The Scandal

Allen made tabloid news headlines by dating and later marrying Soon-Yi Previn, his girlfriend, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. This marked the start of a 2 year long custody battle which Farrow won getting the sole custody of their children.
Source: biography.com

16. Sexual assault allegations

Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow

Woody Allen was accused of molesting Dylan Farrow when she was 7 yrs old, his and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. The assault allegedly happened during the custody battle between the two after his affair with Soon-Yi Previn. Charges were dropped when the judge found that the investigation didn’t provide any conclusive results.
Source: wikipedia, image: wikimedia.org

17. Award list

Allen WoodyWoody has 24 Oscar nominations and has won 5 Oscars. He also won 9 BAFTA Awards and 2 Golden Globe Awards. In totality, he won 136 awards, more than Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd combined. He has also received a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
Source: wikipedia, image: flickr

Sponsored