Woody Allen

Actor + Writer + Director
Born Dec 1, 1935

Woody Allen is an American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician whose career spans over half a century. He began as a comedy writer in the 1950s, penning jokes and scripts for television and also publishing several books of short humor pieces. In the early 1960s, Allen started performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on December 1, 1935.
1943 7 Years Old Allen has a sister, Letty, who was born in 1943; they were raised in Midwood, Brooklyn. … Read More


1954 18 Years Old …  The marriage lasted from 1954 to 1959. … Read More
1955 19 Years Old As a result of the jokes Allen mailed to various writers, he was invited, then age nineteen, to join the NBC Writer's Development Program in 1955, followed by a job on The NBC Comedy Hour in Los Angeles. … Read More


1958 22 Years Old And in 1958 he cowrote a few Sid Caesar specials with Larry Gelbart. … Read More
1960 24 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1960 to 1969, Allen performed as a stand-up comedian to supplement his comedy writing. … Read More
1963 27 Years Old …  Allen first appeared on the Tonight Show in November 1963. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old Allen had his own TV show beginning in 1965, called The Woody Allen Show, where he would intersperse humor with interviews of famous people, including Rev. Billy Graham and William F. Buckley.


1966 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Allen wrote the play Don't Drink the Water. … Read More
Because he was not particularly happy with the 1969 film version of his play, in 1994, Allen directed and starred in a second version for television, with Michael J. Fox and Mayim Bialik. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old They divorced in 1970, and Allen did not marry again until 1997. … Read More
1972 36 Years Old In 1972, Allen wrote and starred in the film version of Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross and co-starring Diane Keaton.


1976 40 Years Old In 1976, he starred in The Front (directed by Martin Ritt), a humorous and poignant account of Hollywood blacklisting during the 1950s. … Read More
1980 44 Years Old Around 1980, Allen began a relationship with actress Mia Farrow, who had leading roles in all of his films as a director from 1982 to 1992. … Read More


1989 53 Years Old The Purple Rose of Cairo was named by Time as one of the 100 best films of all time and Allen described it as one of his three best films, along with Stardust Memories and Match Point. (Allen defines them as "best" not in terms of quality but because they came closest to his vision.) In 1989, Allen teamed with directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to make New York Stories, an anthology film about New Yorkers. … Read More
1991 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1991, The New York Times opined on Allen's family life with Farrow: "Few married couples seem more married. … Read More
1992 56 Years Old 1 More Event
His 1992 film Shadows and Fog is a black-and-white homage to the German expressionists and features the music of Kurt Weill. … Read More
1993 57 Years Old After Allen and Farrow separated from their long-term relationship in 1993, a long public legal battle for the custody of their three children began. … Read More


1996 - 2001 5 More Events
2003 67 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Allen finally returned to the stage with Writer's Block, an evening of two one-acts – Old Saybrook and Riverside Drive – that played Off-Broadway. … Read More
2004 - 2007 3 More Events
2009 73 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Released in 2009, Whatever Works, described as a dark comedy, follows the story of a botched suicide attempt turned messy love triangle. … Read More
2010 74 Years Old It was released theatrically in the US on September 23, 2010, following a Cannes debut in May 2010, and a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010. … Read More
It debuted at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2011. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Blue Jasmine debuted in July 2013. … Read More
2014 78 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2014, Dylan Farrow repeated the allegations in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, a friend of Mia Farrow, in his blog on The New York Timess website, describing how Allen allegedly sexually abused her in the attic in their Connecticut summer home while she was playing with her brother's train set. … Read More
2015 79 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 13, 2015, it was announced Allen will write and direct a half-hour television series for Amazon Studios, marking the first time he has developed a television show. … Read More
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