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Woody Allen

Woody Allen
Allen at the 2009 premiere of Whatever Works
Personal information
Birth nameAllen Stewart Konigsberg
Birth dateDecember 1, 1935(age 80)
Place of birthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active1950 present
Influenced byCharlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Ingmar Bergman
Spouse-Harlene Rosen-1954-1959
-Louise Lasser-1966-1969
-Soon-Yi Previn-1997
PartnerMia Farrow (1980-92)
RelativesLetty Aronson (sister)

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Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg; December 1, 1935) is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright.

Allen's films, ranging from tragedies to screwball comedies, have made him a notable American director. He is also distinguished by his rapid rate of production and his very large body of work. Allen writes and directs his movies and has also acted in the majority of them. For inspiration, Allen draws heavily on literature, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, Jewish identity, and the history of cinema, among a wealth of other fields of interest.

Allen developed a passion for music early on and is a jazz clarinetist. What began as a teenage avocation has led to regular public performances at various small venues in his hometown of Manhattan, with occasional appearances at various jazz festivals. Allen joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral Ragtime Orchestra in performances that provided the film score for his 1973 comedy Sleeper, and performed in a rare European tour in 1996, which became the subject of the documentary Wild Man Blues.

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