Woody Allen

Actor, writer, and director Woody Allen

Woody Alien 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, Alien started performing as a stand-up comic, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes.
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Op-Ed Columnist: Woody Allen Meets #MeToo
New York Times - 14 days
More people seem to believe Dylan Farrow’s charge that her adoptive father sexually assaulted her when she was 7.
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On Second Thought: My Woody Allen Problem
NYTimes - 17 days
Even if he wanted to, he can’t unwatch his movies, our critic writes. The relationship between filmmaker and viewer is as complicated as the one between art and artist.
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'I am ashamed I did this': Stars reflect on — and rethink — working with Woody Allen
LATimes - 19 days
While some have defended him, a growing list of actors and actresses who have worked with director Woody Allen are reconsidering their participation in his films. Some even say they'll never work with him again.
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Woody Allen defended by co-star Diane Keaton amid resurfaced molestation accusations
Fox News - 19 days
As Woody Allen faces another round of scrutiny in the court of public opinion, one of his friends in show business is publicly speaking out to defend him.
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Can Woody Allen Work in Hollywood Again?
NYTimes - 20 days
The filmmaker is writing a new script, but stars are distancing themselves from him and his distributor, Amazon, is discussing ending their relationship.
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Goodspeed Cancels Woody Allen Musical
NYTimes - 23 days
The theater has dropped “Bullets Over Broadway” from its schedule, following a sexual abuse allegation made by Mr. Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow.
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'I am ashamed I did this': Stars reflect on — and rethink — working with Woody Allen
LATimes - 29 days
While some have defended him, a growing list of actors and actresses who have worked with director Woody Allen are reconsidering their participation in his films. Some even say they'll never work with him again.
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Stars who have spoken out about working with Woody Allen
ABC News - 29 days
Some actors have begun to reconsider the director post-#MeToo.
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 80
    In September 2016, Allen started filming his next project, set in 1950's Coney Island and stars Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake.
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    Amazon Video debuted Allen's first television series production on September 30, 2016.
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    The film is distributed by Amazon Studios, and opened the 2016 Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016, marking the third time Allen has opened the festival.
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  • 2015
    Age 79
    At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Allen said, in reference to his upcoming Amazon show, "It was a catastrophic mistake.
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    On January 14, 2015, it was announced Allen will write and direct a TV series of half-hour episodes for Amazon Studios, marking the first time he has developed a television show.
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  • 2014
    Age 78
    From July through August 2014, Allen filmed the mystery drama Irrational Man in Newport, Rhode Island, with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey and Jamie Blackley.
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    In February 2014, Dylan Farrow repeated the allegation in an open letter published by Nicholas Kristof, one of Farrow's friends, in his New York Times blog.
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  • 2013
    Age 77
    Allen co-stars with John Turturro in Fading Gigolo, written and directed by Turturro, which premiered in September 2013.
    In 2013, in Nice, France, Allen shot the romantic comedy Magic in the Moonlight, set in the 1920s on the French Riviera and starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.
  • 2012
    Age 76
    His next film, To Rome with Love, was a Rome-set comedy released in 2012. The film was structured in four vignettes featuring dialogue in both Italian and English. It marked Allen's return to acting since his last role in Scoop. Blue Jasmine debuted in July 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 75
    It debuted at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 74
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 72
    In April 2008, he began filming a story focused more toward older audiences starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood. Released in 2009, Whatever Works, described as a dark comedy, follows the story of a botched suicide attempt turned messy love triangle.
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  • 2007
    Age 71
    After finishing his third London film, Allen headed to Spain. He reached an agreement to film Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Avilés, Barcelona and Oviedo, where shooting started on July 9, 2007.
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    In June 2007, it was announced that Allen would make two more creative debuts in the theatre, directing a work that he did not write and directing an opera — a reinterpretation of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for the Los Angeles Opera—which debuted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on September 6, 2008.
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  • 2006
    Age 70
    In a 2006 interview with Premiere Magazine, Allen stated this was the best film he has ever made.
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  • 2001
    Age 65
    Allen was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
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  • 1998
    Age 62
    Allen provided the lead voice in the 1998 animated film Antz, which featured many actors he had worked with and Allen's character was similar to his earlier neurotic roles.
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  • 1997
    Age 61
    Allen made one sitcom "appearance" via telephone on the show Just Shoot Me! in a 1997 episode, "My Dinner with Woody" which paid tribute to several of his films.
  • 1996
    Age 60
    The documentary film Wild Man Blues (directed by Barbara Kopple) documents a 1996 European tour by Allen and his band, as well as his relationship with Previn.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 56
    Because Allen and Farrow had never married, Allen was not Soon-Yi's legal stepfather. After his relationship with Mia Farrow ended acrimoniously in 1992, Allen and Soon-Yi continued their relationship and she moved in with Allen. They married on December 23, 1997, and have adopted two daughters.
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    Allen and Farrow engaged in a heated and emotionally damaging custody battle after they broke up in January 1992, during which time Farrow alleged that he once sexually abused their daughter, which he has denied.
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  • 1991
    Age 55
    His 1991 film Shadows and Fog is a black-and-white homage to the German expressionists and features the music of Kurt Weill.
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  • 1989
    Age 53
    In 1989, Allen teamed with directors Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese to make New York Stories, an anthology film about New Yorkers.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 44
    Around 1980, Allen began a twelve-year relationship with actress Mia Farrow, who starred in 13 of his films from 1982 to 1992.
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  • 1976
    Age 40
    In 1976, he starred as cashier Howard Prince, in The Front, directed by Martin Ritt.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 36
    In 1972, Allen wrote and starred in the film version of Play It Again, Sam, directed by Herbert Ross and co-starring Diane Keaton.
  • 1970
    Age 34
    They divorced in 1970, and Allen did not marry again until 1997.
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  • 1969
    Age 33
    Allen directed, starred in, and co-wrote (with Mickey Rose) Take the Money and Run in 1969, which received positive reviews.
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    For its March 21, 1969, issue, Life featured Allen on its cover.
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    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 30
    Allen married Louise Lasser in 1966.
    In 1966, Allen wrote the play Don't Drink the Water.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 29
    He also performed stand-up comedy on other venues, including a 1965 TV show in the U.K., while he was there during the filming of Casino Royale.
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    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.
  • 1963
    Age 27
    Allen first appeared on the Tonight Show in November 1963.
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  • 1960
    Age 24
    Allen made his professional stage debut at the Blue Angel nightclub in Manhattan in October 1960, where comedian Shelley Berman introduced him as a young television writer who would perform his own material.
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    From 1960 to 1969, Allen performed as a stand-up comedian to supplement his comedy writing.
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  • 1958
    Age 22
    And in 1958 he cowrote a few Sid Caesar specials with Larry Gelbart.
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  • 1956
    Age 20
    The marriage lasted from 1956 to 1959.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 19
    As a result of the jokes Allen mailed to various writers, he was invited, then age 19, to join the NBC Writer's Development Program in 1955, followed by a job on The NBC Comedy Hour in Los Angeles.
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  • 1953
    Age 17
    After high school, he attended New York University, studying communication and film in 1953, before dropping after failing the course "Motion Picture Production".
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    While attending Hebrew school for eight years, he went to Public School 99 (now the Isaac Asimov School for Science and Literature) and to Midwood High School, where he graduated in 1953.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Age 7
    Allen has a sister, Letty, who was born in 1943; they were raised in Midwood, Brooklyn.
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  • 1935
    Born
    Born on December 1, 1935.
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