Allen directed and starred in two of his most famous films, Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, actor, director and screenwriter Woody Allen legally changed his name to Heywood Allen when he was 17 years old.
Coming from an often volatile and loud Jewish middle-class family in the Midwood section of Brooklyn gave Allen all the material he needed to start writing monologues and performing stand-up comedy while still in high school.
The film frequently, which has recently been digitally restored, appears on American Film Institute lists and has a spot at the National Registry; yet, upon completion, Allen asked United Artists not to release it and offered to make another film for free.
may contain some of his best-loved one-liners (“I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics”) but the film’s characters are spoiled, petulant children.
Now happily married to Soon-Yi for nearly 20 years with two daughters of their own, the famed movie director says he never felt traumatized by the scandal that erupted after their affair went public.
“One of the great experiences of my life has been my wife,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Allen and Previn married in 1997, when he was 62 and she was 27. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision-making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. It was just a good-luck thing.""The age difference didn't seem to matter.
But almost four decades later – years during which Allen’s son Ronan Farrow has repeatedly railed against the media for its handling of decades-old sexual abuse allegations against his father – and this only fitfully amusing comedy is now majorly compromised by its May-December romancing.
After a bitter custody battle, Farrow obtained full custody. They married in 1997 and have two teenage daughters.
, Woody Allen’s unabashed love-letter to New York is painstakingly composed of postcard images: boating in Central Park, strolling past the fountains at West 50th Street and 6th Avenue, and, most famously, the iconic shot of the Queensboro Bridge at dawn (for which – trivia klaxon – the production brought their own bench).
Too often, it’s like watching a high-school movie populated by fortysomethings, all tediously motivated by he-said, she-said, he-did, she-did.
Woody’s Isaac Davis, a 42-year-old TV writer, is twice-divorced as the film opens, most recently from an “immoral, psychotic, promiscuous” lesbian (Streep) who is currently writing a caustic tell-all book.