Woody Allen


Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter
Woody Allen

About

Also Known As
Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Heywood Allen
Birth Place
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Born
December 01, 1935

Biography

With at least four distinct phases throughout his long career, writer-director-actor Woody Allen was one of the few American filmmakers rightly labeled an auteur. From the irreverent absurdity of his early satires like "Bananas" (1971) and "Sleepers" (1973) to his chronicles of neurotic New Yorkers in "Annie Hall" (1977), "Manhattan" (1979) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Allen was ...

Photos & Videos

Sleeper - Movie Posters
Hannah and Her Ssters - Movie Poster
Take the Money and Run - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Harlene Rosen
Wife
Born c. 1939; married in 1956; divorced in 1962.
Louise Lasser
Wife
Actor, comedienne. Married on February 2, 1966; divorced in 1969; appeared in Allen's "Bananas" (1971); best remembered in the title role of the TV comic soap opera, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman".
Diane Keaton
Companion
Actor, director. Lived together for three years in the 1970s.
Stacey Nelkin
Companion
Actor. Reportedly had relationship when she was a teenager around the time of the filming of "Annie Hall"; thought to be model for character played by Mariel Hemingway in "Manhattan"; later married to actor Barry Bostwick fron 1987 to 1991.

Bibliography

"The Unruly Life of Woody Allen"
Marion Meade, Scribner (2000)
"Woody Allen: A Biography"
John Baxter, HarperCollins (1998)
"Woody: Movies From Manhattan"
Julian Fox, Overlook Press (1996)
"Woody Allen at Work: The Photographs of Brian Hamill"
Brian Hamill, Harry N. Abrams Inc. (1995)

Notes

As of 2000, Allen has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards: once for Best Actor; six times for Best Director and 13 times for Best Screenplay

"I just keep my nose to the grindstone. I don't listen to people who criticize me, don't listen to them tell me my films are bad, or listen to people who tell me I'm a comic genius. I don't worry about getting rich or about what people say. I focus on the work with the same fanaticism that a Muslim fundamentalist might focus on religion. If I was giving advice to younger people, I would tell them to not listen to anything, not read what's written about you, don't listen to anybody, just focus on the work."---Allen quoted in New York's Daily News, October 22, 1995.

Biography

With at least four distinct phases throughout his long career, writer-director-actor Woody Allen was one of the few American filmmakers rightly labeled an auteur. From the irreverent absurdity of his early satires like "Bananas" (1971) and "Sleepers" (1973) to his chronicles of neurotic New Yorkers in "Annie Hall" (1977), "Manhattan" (1979) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), Allen was one of the most influential filmmakers of the late 20th century. Unique among filmmakers, Allen made highly personal films with mainstream money while managing to exert creative control over the product - all the while earning a high level of critical respect and numerous Academy Awards. His creative fires never extinguished, as he directed dramas like "Interiors" (1978), morally ambiguous tragicomedies like "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989) and period comedies like "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). Even when stepping outside of his comfort zone with "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996) and "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), Allen had the creative acumen to pull it off.

Allen Stewart Konigsberg was born on Dec. 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY. He was the only son of Orthodox Jewish parents Nettie, a bookkeeper, and Martin, who held a series of odd jobs, including waiter and jewelry engraver. Growing up in the middle class neighborhood of Midwood, Allen spent his free time at the local movie theaters where he was drawn into the worlds of the Marx Brothers and Humphrey Bogart. In stark contrast to Allen's screen persona as an awkward outsider, he was well-liked in school, playing on the baseball team and entertaining students with card tricks and jokes. When he was still a teenager, he began selling his jokes to newspaper columnists and officially adopted the pen name Woody Allen. He was contributing material to such programs as "The Colgate Comedy Hour" (NBC, 1950-55) and Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" (NBC, 1950-54) before he even graduated from Midwood High School in 1953. After a brief stint at New York University where he purportedly failed a film course, Allen wrote for Caesar's "Caesar's Hour" (NBC, 1954-57) while writing jokes for comics and nightclub performers including Carol Channing, Art Carney and Buddy Hackett. He eventually took the stage and became a stand-up comedian himself, honing the intellectual "schnook" persona that would become his trademark.

Allen's stage act was uniquely New York - Jewish, intellectual, guilt-ridden and anxious, with an insecure, halting stammer. His monologues poked fun at everything from sex and marriage to religion and politics and his refreshing personal style proved popular in liberal Greenwich Village cabarets and on college campuses. During the early 1960s, Allen found more and more outlets for his imagination and humor, publishing short stories in the New Yorker, co-writing a musical comedy revue called "A to Z" and writing his first feature film, the farcical "What's New, Pussycat?" (1965), directed by Clive Donner. Allen also starred in the film that served as an introduction to career-long recurring themes of romantic complications and a reliance on psychotherapy. He married Broadway actress and singer Louise Lasser in 1966 (an earlier teenage marriage had ended in 1962) and debuted as a filmmaker of sorts when he re-dubbed a minor Japanese spy thriller with his own irreverent dialogue and plot, releasing it as "What's Up Tiger Lily?" (1966). That, along with the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" (1967), which he co-wrote and acted in, launched one of the most successful and unusual careers in American filmmaking history.

Following the production of two more stage plays - "Don't Drink the Water," about a New Jersey family spying in an Iron Curtain country, and "Play It Again, Sam" (1969) about a film critic who invokes the spirit of Humphrey Bogart to guide him through life - Allen wrote, directed and starred in "Take the Money and Run" (1969). The unceasingly funny parody of both gangster films and cinema verite documentaries starred Allen as an unlikely escaped convict. The loose structure, lack of technical polish, and indebtedness to his nightclub one-liners was also evident in "Bananas" (1971), a satire lambasting both politics and mass media that starred Lasser as an idealistic leftie with a groupie-like admiration for a South American rebel leader who turns out to be her ex-boyfriend (Allen) in disguise. Another madcap satire, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)" (1972), consisted of a series of loosely related shorts debunking various sexual myths while poking fun at the era's self-help craze. The already prolific filmmaker followed up with a screen adaptation of his stage production "Play it Again Sam" (1972), which established Allen's indebtedness to classic films and began his long association with actress Diane Keaton. Allen's marriage to Lasser had ended several years earlier and Keaton took over the role of Allen's girlfriend, muse and star of his films.

As the 1970s progressed, Allen began to find his voice as a filmmaker, rounding out his "slapstick" period with "Sleeper" (1973), about a health food store owner cryogenically frozen and thawed out after 200 years. "Love and Death" (1975) marked a leap forward for Allen, raising philosophical questions and showcasing a love of great literature and arts with its spoof of Russian culture. Allen's aspirations to be considered a "serious" moviemaker were acutely evident in "Annie Hall" (1977), the first of his films to achieve widespread critical and box office popularity. While still anchored in comedy, it clearly tackled themes that reflected his own concerns in life and he utilized sophisticated narrative devices such as breaking the fourth wall, and relied less on slapstick and sight gags. In the lead role as Alvy Singer, the writer-director-actor solidified his screen persona as the urban, Jewish intellectual outsider; this time pursuing the love of a quirky but ethereal WASPY beauty (Keaton). Often considered the quintessential Allen movie - personal and thoughtful yet satiric and entertaining - "Annie Hall" earned four Academy Awards including beating out "Star Wars" for Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Director (Allen) and Best Original Screenplay (Allen and Marshall Brickman).

As a surprising follow-up, Allen shifted to more dramatic material and focused on the starchy, repressed WASP milieu in "Interiors" (1978). Owing more than a passing debt to Ingmar Bergman, Shakespeare and Eugene O'Neill, "Interiors" probed the angst and petty betrayals of an upper-class family with three daughters. Many critics and audience members were confounded by the deadly earnest tone, but inarguably the film was beautifully shot by cinematographer Gordon Willis and strongly acted by a cast that included Geraldine Page, E.G. Marshall, Diane Keaton and Maureen Stapleton. "Interiors" earned a surprising five Oscar nominations, including nods to Allen for direction and writing. The following year, he re-teamed with Marshall Brickman to write his most profitable (and arguably best) film, "Manhattan" (1979). With its lush Gershwin score, gorgeous black-and-white photography (again by Willis) and brilliant ensemble cast, the film marked a return to comedy peppered with autobiographical and romantic elements. It was also notable as Allen's last film with Diane Keaton for many years, as their off-screen relationship was ending around the same time. The film engendered mild controversy over Allen's onscreen love interest, a teenaged Mariel Hemingway.

In "Stardust Memories" (1980), Allen's character of a film director is exhorted to "make funny movies," something the character is adamant about no longer doing. Allen was sorry that audiences largely interpreted this as autobiographical, though he did follow it up with a return to slapstick in "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982), where he also found a new on- and off-screen leading lady in Mia Farrow. The period mockumentary "Zelig" (1983) melded Allen's fascination with celebrity with his growing grasp of cinematic methods. A marvel of technical wizardry, Allen intercut and merged new footage with old to recreate vintage newsreels and sound recordings. "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984) was primarily dismissed by critics as a minor outing, yet it centered on a marvelous performance from Farrow who was virtually unrecognizable as the Brooklyn-accented former mistress of a gangster. Farrow gave another outstanding lead performance as the timid, Depression-era wife of an abusive husband who finds refuge at the movie theater in the "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985). Another technical tour de force, the delightful fantasy took a turn when a matinee idol (Jeff Daniels) stepped off the screen to woo the unhappy woman. Tying together several of Allen's major themes - fame, romance, fantasy and art - the film earned Best Screenplay and Best Director Oscar nominations for Allen.

For much of the decade, Allen concentrated on drama with the exception of "Radio Days" (1987), a charming memoir of life in World War II Brooklyn, threaded together by a wonderful soundtrack of the era's hits. He was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar, an award he had won the previous year for his Chekhovian "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), a chronicle of New York family relationships and a set of very different sisters. The bloodless "September" (1987) and the Bergman-esque "Another Woman" (1988), featuring a virtuoso leading turn from Gena Rowlands, were further examinations of the emotionally bereft worlds of WASPy New Yorkers. With the outstanding "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989), Allen closed the decade with a pessimistic examination of the morality of murder and earned more Oscar nominations for his screenplay and direction. In a lighter mode, 1990's "Alice," a riff on Lewis Carroll's Alice and Wonderland, cast Farrow as a wealthy but shallow uptown woman who receives a new perspective on life thanks to a Chinatown herbalogist. Allen had a rare starring role in a film not of his own making, playing Bette Midler's husband in Paul Mazursky's seriocomic look at contemporary marriage, "Scenes from a Mall" (1991) - a film which tanked miserably. Back behind the camera, his critically reviled "Shadows and Fog" (1992) was an allegory about anti-Semitism that combined homages to 1930s German expressionism and 1950s European art films but was plagued by one-note characterizations.

Though not without humor, "Husbands and Wives" (1992) marked one of Allen's most emotionally violent films. Highlighted by jittery, hand-held cinema verite camerawork and a pessimistic view of enduring love, the film was released early by its distributor in part to capitalize on its uncanny parallels with the real-life turmoil between Allen and Farrow. Their very public break-up, spurred by Allen's romantic involvement with Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon Yi, was followed by Farrow's public accusations that Allen had molested their adopted daughter, Dylan (now Malone). In the midst of all the Sturm und Drang, Allen made the frothy but fun "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), which reunited him with Marshall Brickman and ex-flame, Diane Keaton. The comic thriller attempted to recreate the banter and urbanity of such seminal films as "The Thin Man," though it proved to be a financial disappointment, overshadowed by Allen's personal troubles - which by this time, were monumental, when Soon Yi left her family to be with Allen. By the time "Bullets Over Broadway" was released in 1994, Allen was out of the headlines and audiences were ready to embrace his work anew. The hilarious period comedy about a 1930s New York playwright (John Cusack as Allen's screen alter ego) banked on a lush, dramatic portrayal of the era's theater world and benefited from an outstanding ensemble cast, including Oscar-winning performances from Dianne Wiest as a past-her-prime stage diva and a nomination for Chazz Palminteri as a thug-turned-ghost writer. Under it all, the film was a successful meditation on the definition of an artist.

Allen returned to TV to adapt, direct and co-star in a small screen remake of his 1968 stage play "Don't Drink the Water" (ABC, 1994). On the big screen, "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) was an uneven attempt that baldly proclaimed its indebtedness to Greek theater with the use of a chorus. Allen played a middle-aged sportswriter searching for the birth mother of his adopted child, who turns out not to be the cultured woman he imagined but a prostitute. With "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996), he combined frothy 1930s musical sensibilities with his familiar themes, resulting in a mixed response that divided audiences and critics. "Deconstructing Harry" (1997) was an Oscar-nominated screenplay - a scatological and complex look at a writer's life employing black comedy and dramatizations of his works to comment on the function of the artist in society. "Celebrity" (1998) with Kenneth Branagh doing a mannered Allen impersonation in the leading role, was considered a misbegotten, poorly cast take on the contemporary obsession with fame. Paying his own price for fame, Allen was in the tabloids again for his 1997 marriage to Soon Yi Previn, 35 years his junior. The marriage reminded all of the sordid story from only six years prior, but the couple seemed in love. The following year, documentarian Barbara Kopple released "Wild Man Blues" (1998). Rather than focusing on Allen the filmmaker, Allen the amateur clarinet player was the central character, from the Monday evening club engagement he held for decades to a European tour.

Allen the filmmaker continued to put out one movie per year for the next five years. Still dabbling in different genres and new techniques, 1999's clever mockumentary/dramedy hybrid "Sweet and Lowdown" cast Sean Penn in one of his finest performances as a fictional 1930s jazz guitarist and hothead. He followed up with the surprisingly mainstream but highly comic heist picture, "Small Time Crooks" (2000) and the disappointing period faux noir "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001). "Hollywood Ending" (2002), where Allen played a film director who goes blind, was poorly received. The target of much criticism for his series of disappointing films, Allen mined familiar territory in 2003 with "Anything Else," which did little groundbreaking besides casting Jason Biggs in the Allen-esque lead as a young writer bedeviled by his torturous relationship with a neurotic actress (Christina Ricci), with Allen playing the role of Biggs' conspiracy-minded mentor. He rebounded with the novel "Melinda and Melinda" (2005), which offered two parallel interpretations of the romantic troubles of a neurotic, self-destructive woman (Radha Mitchell), one tragic and one comic. The film's intriguing structure and fresh cast, including Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet, Chl Sevigny, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mitchell as two widely differing Melindas, made the film one of the more satisfying efforts from Allen in recent years.

Even better was his next project, "Match Point" (2005), an entirely serious, morality-minded effort featuring Jonathan Rhys Myers as a social climbing tennis pro who believes he would rather "be lucky than good," who finds himself torn between his comfortable, practical, status-confirming union with a loving wife (Emily Mortimer) and his torrid affair with a sensual but ultimately demanding American actress (Scarlett Johansson). Allen did not appear as an actor in the film, and even more significantly, neither did New York City: the film was shot entirely in London. "Match Point" demonstrated that Allen still had considerable power as a filmmaker and fresh subject matter to explore as a screenwriter. His continued significance as a writer was validated with an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. "Scoop" (2006), a comedy about an American journalism student in London, and "Cassandra's Dream" (2007), a morality tale about a pair of brothers also set in London, earned lukewarm reviews but his fourth European outing, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008) was a critical pick. An evocative new locale and a well-matched cast including Allen's latest muse, Scarlett Johansson, as well as Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, spelled a return to Allen's strength with intelligent and thoughtful romantic comedies. The filmmaker's next project was "Whatever Works" (2009), starring Larry David. After writing and directing his fourth London film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" (2010), Allen returned to prominence with "Midnight in Paris" (2011), an engrossing comedy-drama where a despondent Hollywood hack (Owen Wilson) dreams of writing his novel and is mysteriously transported to the past where he meets his artistic heroes Ernest Hemingway (Corey Stoll), F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston) and Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody). The film received widespread acclaim - including a Golden Globe for Allen for Best Screenplay - and became his highest-grosser at the box office, surpassing "Hannah and Her Sisters." For his work on "Paris," Allen earned his 22nd and 23rd career Academy Award nominations with nods for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay; ultimately taking home the Oscar for the latter.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Wonder Wheel (2017)
Director
Café Society (2016)
Director
Irrational Man (2015)
Director
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Director
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Director
To Rome With Love (2012)
Director
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Director
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Director
Whatever Works (2009)
Director
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Director
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Director
Scoop (2006)
Director
Match Point (2005)
Director
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Director
Anything Else (2003)
Director
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Director
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Director
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Director
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Director
Celebrity (1998)
Director
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Director
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Director
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Director
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Director
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Director
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Director
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Director
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Director
New York Stories (1989)
Director
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Director
Another Woman (1988)
Director
September (1987)
Director
Radio Days (1987)
Director
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Director
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Director
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Director
Zelig (1983)
Director
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Director
Stardust Memories (1980)
Director
Manhattan (1979)
Director
Interiors (1978)
Director
Annie Hall (1977)
Director
Love and Death (1975)
Director
Sleeper (1973)
Director
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Director
Bananas (1971)
Director
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)
Director
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Always at The Carlyle (2018)
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Casting By (2013)
Paris Manhattan (2013)
Himself
To Rome With Love (2012)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
Himself
...But Film is My Mistress (2010)
Himself
Scoop (2006)
The Outsider (2006)
Himself
Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography (2004)
Himself
Anything Else (2003)
The Magic of Fellini (2002)
Himself
Hollywood Ending (2002)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Fellini (2001)
Himself
Company Man (2001)
Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap (2000)
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Self
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Himself
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Antz (1998)
Voice
The Sunshine Boys (1997)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Wild Man Blues (1997)
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Scenes from a Mall (1991)
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
New York Stories (1989)
Radio Days (1987)
Narrator
King Lear (1987)
Mr Alien
50 Years of Action! (1986)
Himself
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Zelig (1983)
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Stardust Memories (1980)
To Woody Allen, From Europe With Love (1980)
Himself
Manhattan (1979)
Isaac Davis
Woody Allen: An American Comedy (1977)
Narration
Annie Hall (1977)
Alvy Singer
The Front (1976)
Love and Death (1975)
Boris
Sleeper (1973)
Performer
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Victor [Shakapopulis]/Fabrizio/The Fool/Sperm
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Allan [Felix]
Bananas (1971)
Fielding Mellish
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)
Harvey Wallinger
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Virgil Starkwell
Casino Royale (1967)
Jimmy Bond/Dr. Nosh
What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966)
Narrator/host/voice
What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Victor Shakapopulis

Writer (Feature Film)

Wonder Wheel (2017)
Screenplay
Café Society (2016)
Screenplay
Irrational Man (2015)
Screenplay
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Writer
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Screenplay
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Screenplay
To Rome With Love (2012)
Screenplay
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Screenplay
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Screenplay
Whatever Works (2009)
Screenplay
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Screenplay
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Screenplay
Scoop (2006)
Screenplay
Match Point (2005)
Screenplay
Melinda and Melinda (2004)
Screenplay
Anything Else (2003)
Screenplay
Hollywood Ending (2002)
Screenplay
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)
Screenplay
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Screenplay
Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Screenplay
Celebrity (1998)
Screenplay
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Screenplay
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Screenplay
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Screenplay
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Screenplay
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Play As Source Material
Don't Drink the Water (1994)
Screenplay
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Screenplay
Husbands and Wives (1992)
Screenplay
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Screenplay
Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)
Screenplay
New York Stories (1989)
Screenplay
Another Woman (1988)
Screenplay
Radio Days (1987)
Screenplay
September (1987)
Screenplay
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Screenplay
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Screenplay
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Screenplay
Zelig (1983)
Screenplay
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Screenplay
Stardust Memories (1980)
Screenplay
Manhattan (1979)
Screenplay
Interiors (1978)
Screenplay
Annie Hall (1977)
Screenplay
Love and Death (1975)
Screenwriter
Sleeper (1973)
Screenplay
"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex"* but Were Afraid to Ask (1972)
Written for Screen by
Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Screenwriter
Bananas (1971)
Writer
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971)
Screenwriter
Take the Money and Run (1969)
Screenwriter
What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966)
Screenwriter
What's New Pussycat? (1965)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)
Producer
What's Up Tiger Lily? (1966)
Associate Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Song Performer
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Song Performer
Sleeper (1973)
Music

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Crossing the Bridge (1992)
Thanks
Escape From the "Liberty" Cinema (1991)
Special Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Café Society (2016)
Other
Paris Manhattan (2013)
Other
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
Other
The Outsider (2006)
Other
Francois Truffaut, An Autobiography (2004)
Other
Fellini (2001)
Other
The Impostors (1998)
Other
50 Years of Action! (1986)
Other

Director (Special)

The Concert For New York City (2001)
Segment Director
The Woody Allen Special (1969)
Director

Cast (Special)

L'Interview TCM - Woody Allen (2010)
Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004)
100 Years of Hope and Humor (2003)
Woody Allen: A Life in Film (2002)
Interviewee
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002)
Performer
Hail Sid Caesar!: The Golden Age of Comedy (2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is (1999)
Interviewee
NYTV: By the People Who Made It (1998)
Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion (1998)
Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry (1997)
WOODY ALLEN: A TO Z (1997)
Interviewee
Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed (1994)
Storytellers: The PEN Celebration (1987)
The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s (1980)
Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? (1971)
The Woody Allen Special (1969)
Host

Writer (Special)

The Woody Allen Special (1969)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

The Woody Allen Special (1969)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Archival Footage
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Archival Footage
The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1994)
Archival Footage

Misc. Crew (Short)

Excavating the 2000 Year Old Man (2012)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1953

After flunking out of NYU, joined the NBC Writer's Program; contributed to "The Colgate Comedy Hour"

1955

Hired as a writer for "Your Show Of Shows" at age 19; began writing gags for Herb Shriner, Buddy Hackett and Art Carney

1960

Debut as stand-up comedian at The Blue Angel in NYC (October)

1960

Stage writing debut for revue, "From A to Z"

1964

First guest-host to replace Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" (NBC)

1965

Feature film acting and writing debut, "What's New Pussycat?"; helmed by Clive Donner

1966

First play produced on Broadway, "Don't Drink the Water"

1966

Made feature film, "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" using existing footage of a Japanese film, creating new story by dubbing in voices

1969

Headlined "Woody's First Special" (CBS) and "The Woody Allen Special" (NBC)

1969

Broadway acting debut in "Play It Again, Sam"; also playwright

1969

Feature film directing debut (also screenwriter; actor), "Take the Money and Run"

1969

TV writing and acting debut with the short film, "Cupid's Shaft"

1970

Debut as TV series regular on the NBC children's show "Hot Dog"

1971

Published first collection of comic material "Getting Even"

1972

First of six films opposite Diane Keaton, "Play It Again, Sam"

1976

Rare acting appearance in a film which he did not direct, "The Front"

1977

Breakthrough film, "Annie Hall"; film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director

1978

Directed first film drama, "Interiors"

1979

Last film opposite Diane Keaton for 14 years (except for her cameo in 1987's "Radio Days"), "Manhattan"

1981

Wrote the full-length stage comedy "The Floating Light Bulb"

1982

First film with Mia Farrow, "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy"

1986

Won third Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Hannah and Her Sisters"

1987

Had cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "King Lear"

1991

Co-starred with Bette Midler in Paul Mazursky's "Scenes from a Mall"

1991

Signed deal with TriStar Pictures (September), began first film for them, "Husbands and Wives"

1991

Signed an agreement with Italy's National Association of Consumer Cooperatives (COOP) to write and direct of series of five TV commericials (his first), fee for the package rumored to be 3 million lire ($2.5 million)

1993

Completed a second film for TriStar, "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (reteaming him with Diane Keaton), ended multi-picture deal with the company; signed with Sweetland Films in July

1994

Made rare TV acting appearance in small screen remake of "Don't Drink the Water" (ABC), also directed and wrote

1994

Had modest success with the period comedy "Bullets Over Broadway"

1995

Wrote, directed, and co-starred with Mira Sorvino and F. Murray Abraham in "Mighty Aphrodite"

1996

Co-starred with Peter Falk in TV remake of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" (CBS)

1997

First film distributed by Fine Line, "Deconstructing Harry"; nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar; Allen's 20th Academy Award nomination and 13th for screenwriting, making him the most nominated screenwriter in Academy history

1998

Released his 30th film as director, "Celebrity"

1998

Voiced the characters of the worker ant Z in the DreamWorks-produced animated film "Antz"

1998

Made unbilled cameo appearance in Stanley Tucci's film "The Imposters"

1999

Wrote and directed "Sweet and Lowdown," starring Sean Penn as a 1930s jazz guitarist

2000

Wrote and directed the comedy "Small Time Crooks"

2000

In March, signed distribution deal with DreamWorks

2001

Helmed (also wrote) "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion"

2002

Wrote, directed and starred in "Hollywood Ending"

2003

Directed (also wrote and co-starred in) the comedy "Anything Else," starring Christina Ricci and Jason Biggs

2004

Helmed the play "A Second Hand Memory" at the Atlantic Theater Company

2005

Directed (also wrote and starred in) "Melinda and Melinda," a comedic storyline which is one of two (one comic and one tragic) that revolve around the titular character played by Radha Mitchell

2005

Helmed the dark themed "Match Point," starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers; the first four films under the DreamWorks SKG banner and first film shot in England; earned Golden Globe nominations for Directing and Screenplay

2006

Once again directed Scarlett Johansson in the comedy "Scoop"; also wrote and co-starred

2008

Directed "Gianni Schicchi," the comic third part of Puccini's "Trittico" in Los Angeles

2008

Directed first film in Spain, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; once again collaborated with Scarlett Johansson

2008

Directed Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor in "Cassandra's Dream"

2009

Returned to New York with the offbeat comedy "Whatever Works," starring Larry David

2010

Wrote and directed his fourth film shot in London, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"

2010

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the album, <i>The Woody Allen Collection: Mere Anarchy, Side Effects, Without Feathers, Getting Even</i>

2011

Directed "Midnight in Paris," his first feature shot entirely in Paris; starred Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates

2012

Wrote and directed an ensemble cast in the romantic comedy "To Rome with Love"; also acted in his first film since 2006's "Scoop"

Photo Collections

Sleeper - Movie Posters
Sleeper - Movie Posters
Hannah and Her Ssters - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), starrng Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Take the Money and Run - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Take the Money and Run (1969), starring and directed by Woody Allen. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Bananas - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Woody Allen's Bananas (1971). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters. This poster art is by noted illustrator Jack Davis.

Videos

Movie Clip

Interiors (1978) - As Direct As Possible Beginning with Renata (Diane Keaton) and her unseen analyst, we jump to father Arthur (E.G. Marshall) breaking big news to her sister Joey (Mary Beth Hurt) and their mother Eve (Geraldine Page) in Woody Allen's Bergman-influenced Interiros, 1978.
Interiors (1978) - An Enormous Abyss Coming from the opening credits, writer-director Woody Allen leaps into the existential void, with Arthur (E.G. Marshall) reflecting on his marriage, and daughters (Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt), in Interiors, 1978.
Interiors (1978) - As Good As I've Seen You After their separation, Arthur (E.G. Marshall) visits Eve (Geraldine Page), who takes desperate action, leading to testy conversation with his daughter Renata (Diane Keaton) in Woody Allen's Interiors, 1978.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - I Prefer To Atrophy After an opening establishing the outside of Madison Square Garden, writer-director Woody Allen finds himself as Larry and Diane Keaton as wife Carol, heading home where they meet apartment neighbors Paul and Lillian House (Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen) and are obligated to socialize, in Manhattan Murder Mystery, 1993, also starring Alan Alda.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - Pastry Myself To Death After the surprising death of their apartment neighbor, Larry and Carol (writer-director Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) at dinner with Sy and Marilyn (Ron Rifkin, Joy Behar) and Alan Alda as Ted, Carlo Di Palma’s lighting and Dick Mingalone’s hand-held camera, in a notable single take, major themes emerging, in Manhattan Murder Mystery, 1993.
Simon (1980) - Institute For Advanced Concepts Opening narration by James Dukas harkens Sleeper, 1973, which writer-director Marshall Brickman wrote with Woody Allen, and introduces Max Wright as Hundertwasser, Wallace Shawn as Van Dongen, Jayant as Barundi, William Finley as Fichlander and Austin Pendleton as the boss Becker, in Simon, 1980, starring Alan Arkin.
Front, The (1976) - Communist Sympathizer TV writer Miller (Michael Murphy) explaining how he's been blacklisted to friend Howard (Woody Allen), a cashier and small-time bookie, early in The Front, 1976, by blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein and director Martin Ritt.
Front, The (1976) - Make It A Firing Squad Howard (Woody Allen) enjoying the fruits of his work "fronting" for blacklisted writers, has a meeting with Delaney (Lloyd Gough) foiled, then arrives at the studio where Florence (Andrea Marcovicci) and Sussman (Herschel Bernardi) have an emergency, in The Front. 1977.
Front, The (1976) - First Class Script His first visit to the TV studio, Howard (Woody Allen), posing as a writer in place of his blacklisted friend, meets Florence (Andrea Marcovicci), Sussman (Herschel Bernardi), actor Parks (William Bogert) and comic Hecky (Zero Mostel), in Martin Ritt's The Front, 1976.
Front, The (1976) - Sincerity Is The Key We meet Remak Ramsay as Hennessy, the ex-FBI man whose job is to clear network employees suspected of having Communist connections, as comic Hecky (the long-blacklisted Zero Mostel) has his initial interview, in The Front, 1976, from Walter Bernstein’s original screenplay.
Sleeper (1973) - Frozen In 1973 Early scene, doctors (Bartlett Robinson, Don Keefer, Mary Gregory) unwrapping newly discovered 20th century man Miles Monroe (writer-director Woody Allen), 200 years later, in Sleeper, 1973.
Sleeper (1973) - Pope's Wife Gives Birth Luna (Diane Keaton), still secretly plotting to turn-in 20th century fugitive Miles (writer-director Woody Allen) to the 22nd century authorities for kidnapping her, plays along with his escape, in Sleeper, 1973.

Trailer

Manhattan (1979) -- Original Trailer Borrowing the opening from the feature, the original trailer for Woody Allen’s critically acclaimed Manhattan, 1979, starring Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep and Mariel Hemingway.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's 1972 comic adaptation of the popular sex manual.
Bananas - (Original Trailer) In Bananas (1971), his second starring comedy, Woody Allen plays an American who becomes a Central American dictator.
Manhattan Murder Mystery - (Original Trailer) A middle-aged couple (Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) suspects foul play when their neighbor''s wife suddenly drops dead in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
Shadows and Fog - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen adapted his one-act play into this all-star tribute to German Expressionism, Shadows And Fog (1992).
Radio Days - (Original Trailer) A young boy's coming of age is mirrored by his favorite radio shows and the lives of their stars in Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987).
What's Up, Tiger Lily? - (Re-issue Trailer) Woody Allen added comic dialogue to What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), a Japanese spy thriller dubbed into English.
Interiors - (Original Trailer) Three sisters fight to adjust to their parents' divorce and their father's re-marriage in Interiors (1978), directed by Woody Allen and starring Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, E.G. Marshall and Maureen Stapleton.
Crimes and Misdemeanors - (Original Trailer) In parallel stories, a wealthy doctor deals with a demanding mistress while a filmmaker shoots a documentary about a corrupt TV producer in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), directed by Woody Allen.
Zelig - (Original Trailer) A fictional documentary traces the strange life of a man (Woody Allen) who could adapt himself to any group he encountered.
Take the Money and Run - (Original Trailer) Woody Allen's first movie written by, directed by and starring himself is the mockumentary Take the Money and Run (1969).
Casino Royale (1967) - (Pan-and-scan Trailer) The first movie version of the first James Bond novel Casino Royale (1967) was this wild 60's farce with 16 stars and 6 directors.

Promo

Family

Martin Konigsberg
Father
Waiter, jewelry engraver. Born in December 1900; died on January 8, 2001 at age 100.
Netty Konigsberg
Mother
Bookkeeper. Born c. 1906; died in January 2002 at age 95.
Letty Aronson
Sister
Executive. Born in 1943; worked at the Museum of Television and Radio; later became a vice president of Sweetland Films, with which Allen signed in July 1993.
Moses Amadeus Farrow
Son
Born c. 1979; adopted with Mia Farrow; Korean; has cerebral palsy.
Malone Farrow
Daughter
Born c. 1985; adopted with lover Mia Farrow; born in Texas; asked to change her name to Eliza June in 1993; later adopted name Malone.
Seamus Farrow
Son
Born on December 19, 1987 in New York; mother, Mia Farrow; named after baseball pitcher Satchel Page; name changed to Seamus by Mia Farrow.
Bechet Dumaine Allen
Daughter
Born c. 1999 in China; adopted with Soon-Yi Allen; named after jazz clarinetist Sidney Bechet;.
Manzie Tio Allen
Daughter
Born in 2000 (circa February) reportedly in Texas; adopted with Soon-Yi Allen; named after jazz musicians Manzie Johnson and Lorenzo Tio.

Companions

Harlene Rosen
Wife
Born c. 1939; married in 1956; divorced in 1962.
Louise Lasser
Wife
Actor, comedienne. Married on February 2, 1966; divorced in 1969; appeared in Allen's "Bananas" (1971); best remembered in the title role of the TV comic soap opera, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman".
Diane Keaton
Companion
Actor, director. Lived together for three years in the 1970s.
Stacey Nelkin
Companion
Actor. Reportedly had relationship when she was a teenager around the time of the filming of "Annie Hall"; thought to be model for character played by Mariel Hemingway in "Manhattan"; later married to actor Barry Bostwick fron 1987 to 1991.
Mia Farrow
Companion
Actor. Began relationship in 1980; mother of Allen's son Satchel/Seamus; separated in 1992 after Allen admitted to a romantic involvement with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn in the winter of 1991.
Soon-Yi Previn
Wife
Just before Allen's suit to gain custody of his three children with Mia Farrow came to court, it was revealed that Allen had fallen in love with Previn at the end of 1991; she is one of the children Farrow adopted while married to conductor Andre Previn during the 1970s; born October 8, 1970; married on December 23, 1997 in Venice, Italy.

Bibliography

"The Unruly Life of Woody Allen"
Marion Meade, Scribner (2000)
"Woody Allen: A Biography"
John Baxter, HarperCollins (1998)
"Woody: Movies From Manhattan"
Julian Fox, Overlook Press (1996)
"Woody Allen at Work: The Photographs of Brian Hamill"
Brian Hamill, Harry N. Abrams Inc. (1995)
"Woody Allen"
Eric Lax, Alfred A. Knopf (1991)
"Woody Allen on Location"
Thierry De Navacelle, William Morrow (1987)
"Woody Allen: His Films and Career"
Citadel Press (1985)
"Side Effects"
Woody Allen, Random House (1980)
"Non-Being and Somethingness"
Woody Allen, Random House (1978)
"Woody Allen: A Biography"
Lee Guthrie, Drake (1978)
"Without Feathers"
Woody Allen, Random House (1975)
"Woody Allen: Clown Prince of American Humor"
Bill Adler and Jeff Feinman, Pinnacle Books (1975)
"On Being Funny: Woody Allen and Comedy"
Eric Lax, Charterhouse (1975)
"Getting Even"
Woody Allen, Random House (1971)
"Reconstructing Woody: Art, Love and Life in the Films of Woody Allen"
Mary Nichols, Rowman & Littlefield

Notes

As of 2000, Allen has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards: once for Best Actor; six times for Best Director and 13 times for Best Screenplay

"I just keep my nose to the grindstone. I don't listen to people who criticize me, don't listen to them tell me my films are bad, or listen to people who tell me I'm a comic genius. I don't worry about getting rich or about what people say. I focus on the work with the same fanaticism that a Muslim fundamentalist might focus on religion. If I was giving advice to younger people, I would tell them to not listen to anything, not read what's written about you, don't listen to anybody, just focus on the work."---Allen quoted in New York's Daily News, October 22, 1995.

Allen has played New Orleans jazz clarinet with his group, the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra, almost every Monday at Michael's Pub in New York since 1971 (and skipped the 1978 Oscar ceremonies so as not to miss a Monday night set).

"I didn't want to play Bogart. I didn't want to play John Wayne. I wanted to be the schnook. The guy with the glasses who doesn't get the girl, who can't get the girl but who's amusing."---Woody Allen to John Lahr in The New Yorker, December 9, 1996.

"Denis Hamill: What are your feelings toward Mia Farrow now?Woody Allen: I haven't had any contact with her for years. Although we've had our many conflicts, I have no further or lingering feelings about it. I wish her well. No, I haven't read her book, don't intend to. Not interested in the whole thing. To me, it's history. I know what happened and what she thinks. As it turned out, in that period of my life, more people that I care about became closer to me than became estranged. People I thought of as acquaintances became friends. Some rose to the occasion in heroic fashion for me. Which was great. My relationship with Soon-Yi is the best one of my life. So it wasn't all bad."---Allen quoted in the article "Deconstructing Woody", Daily News, October 5, 1997.

"After the treadmill and breakfast, I lie down on the bed with a pad and pencil or pad and pen and write for two hours and then have a shower. Write for another two hours and break for lunch, Then write all afternoon. I could write all the time. I love to write. All I need are little breaks to practice the clarinet and to get a breath of fresh air. Then I can't wait to get back to it because I'm refreshed. I'd be happy to write all day and all night. If I didn't make movies, I could easily write four screenplays a year."---Allen to Denis Hamill in Daily News, October 7, 1997.

"I've been blessed. It's like fool's luck. From the day I made my first film, nobody at United Artists and then Orion expected anything. I've had nothing but support, freedom, final cut, nobody tells me who to cast. It's nothing that I did to earn it. It was given to me by magnanimous people."---Woody Allen in conversation with Martin Scorsese, The New York Times Magazine, November 16, 1997.

"Working with Woody is like holding a puppy. It's warm and nice, but you know if you hold on too long he's going to piss all over you."---an unnamed source quoted in Marion Meade's biography, "The Unruly Life of Woody Allen" (Scribner's, 2000).

About his break up with Mia Farrow, Allen told London's The Daily Telegraph (March 18, 2002): "It was big and messy and it could have been handled better and had better consequences. But I didn't have any choice. I was put in that position and I had to respond. Normally I like to handle everything quietly and discreetly and I'm a, you know, a friendly and forgiving private type. But I will always ... There are certain situations where you are forced to act.""It was a terrible, terrible, terrible situation. My not having access to the children is completely cruel and unfair. Not in their best interests. But these dreadful things happen in life. To balance that I had parents with good longevity [his father lived to 100, his mother was 95]. I've been healthy. I've been blessed with a talent."

In June, 2002, Allen sued longtime friend and producer sued Jean Doumanian and her business partner and boyfriend, Jacqui Safra, saying they cheated him out of his share of profits on eight movies made since 1993. Allen said the pair owed him more than 12 million dollars. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement after 9 days in court.

"I feel less comfortable when I'm doing dramatic things. But that's my real aspiration, my secret dream. I wish I had been a tragic poet instead of a minter of one-liners.So whenever I get a chance to do something dramatic, I do it with such passion for it. But I don't move as gracefully in those circles as an Ingmar Bergman does or Tennessee Williams did."---Allen to CNN.com, March 23, 2005.