Woody Allen wouldn’t settle for just being famous as an American comedian so he also established himself as an actor, writer, and director and he has over sixty years of experience on his resume. Yes, his career kicked off in the early 1950s when he began working as a comedy writer, scripting jokes and sketches for film and television, and short humorous books. Soon he took up performing as a stand-up comedian, favoring monologues over traditional joke telling.
He found favor amongst audiences across the world because he seemed like a smart, insecure, and fretful character, which most people could relate to. Comedy Central ranked him at No. 4 on the list of 100 greatest stand-up comedians in 2004. Another survey in England named him the third greatest comedian ever.
Allen went on to write and direct his own films, beginning with slapstick comedies and then moving on to more dramatic works influenced by 1970s European art cinema. As the years trudged on, he alternated between the two, often starring in his productions. Allen has over 50 films to his credits, and some of the most notable are Manhattan, Annie Hall, Crimes and Misdemeanours, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Match Point, and Stardust Memories.
The legendary comedian and director has received numerous honors and recognition for his works including four Academy Awards; one for Best Director and the others for Best Original Screenplay. He has also won 9 British Academy Film Awards, and his movie Annie Hall was named Funniest Screenplay by the prestigious Writers Guild of America.
Age and Background Details
The award-winning maestro was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn Borough, New York to Nettie Cherry and Martin Konigsburg, first-generation immigrants of Russian descent. He was the eldest of two children born to his parents. His mother was a bookkeeper and his father worked as a waiter and jewelry engraver. Allen is 83 years old at present.
He didn’t have the best years growing up as his parents were always squabbling. He attended Hebrew School, then Isaac Asimov School for Science and Literature, and Midwood High School from which he graduated in 1953. He was a star baseball player and magician in high school.
He began writing jokes which he sold to newspaper columnists when he was a teenager, and he changed his name to Heywood Allen when he was 17, and eventually went by Woody Allen. Although he went on to study communications and film at New York University, he dropped out after he failed a course. He began studying under a writing teacher named Lajos Egri.
Thanks to the jokes he sold to writers and producers, Allen was hired by NBC at 19 to join their writers’ program. He starting scripts for The Tonight Show, Caesar’s Hour, Candid Camera, and The Ed Sullivan Show. He went from earning $25 a week to $1,500 in just three years. He was fast earning a reputation for being a genius. He would spend 15 hours a day filling stacks of paper with joke after joke. He started writing comics and short stories for leading magazines like The New Yorker.
Allen has also written a number of plays some of which have been performed on Broadway such as Bullets Over Broadway, Honeymoon Motel, The Floating Lightbulb, Play It Again, Sam, Riverside Drive, and Don’t Drink the Water.
Is Woody Allen Married? Wife and Daughter
Woody Allen has been to the altar three times. The first time was in 1956 when he married Harlene Rosen. As it happened, she was 17 at the time and he was 20. However, young love wasn’t enough to keep the marriage afloat, so they divorced in 1959.
The comedian returned to the altar in 1966 to wed Louise Lasser, an actress who had starred in three of his films: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (But Were Afraid to Ask), Stardust Memories, Bananas, and Take the Money and Run. Their marriage ended in 1970.
Allen became romantically entangled with actress Diane Keaton after she was cast in one of his plays in 1969. Although their affair ended a year later they continued to work together. The comedian also began a secret relationship with an aspiring actress Stacey Neiken when she was only a 17-year-old high school student and he was 41. He also dated another underage young woman named Babi Christina Engelhardt for eight years starting when she was 16.
The veteran director began dating the actress Mia Farrow in 1980. They had one biological child (Ronan Farrow) and two adopted children (Dylan and Moses) together.
Allen started having a fling with Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter from her marriage to Andre Previn in 1991 when she was presumably 19 and he was 57. Their relationship left tabloids and audiences scandalized when it went public. He married Soon-Yi on December 23, 1997, in Venice.
Woody Allen has three daughters, Dylan Farrow, Manzie Tio Allen, and Bechet Allen. However, his adopted daughter Dylan is the most popular of the three. She is an artist, writer, and ex-actress. She starred in some of Allen’s films as a child including Crimes and Misdemeanors, Alice, and New York Stories. Dylan has been in the news since she was seven years old a child when she first recounted events involving her being sexually abused by her father, Allen.
The celebrated writer, director, and comedian has been working in the entertainment industry since he was a teenager. Over the years, he has accumulated an insane amount of fame, acclaim, and wealth from writing, producing, directing, acting, and performing. Allen is currently estimated to have a net worth of over $80 million.
Considering how larger than life Woody Allen seems and the way his personality fills up every room he steps into, it’s easy to not notice that the renowned comedian is a small man height wise. Allen is only 5 feet 5 inches tall, but his fame and talent tower above buildings and skyscrapers.