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01 Who is Woody Allen?




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This article is from the Woody Allen FAQ, by BrYan Westbrook westbrok@hsnp.com with numerous contributions by others.

01 Who is Woody Allen?

He was born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, December 1, 1935.
He dropped out (flunked out?) of both New York University and City College
of New York. He began his comedic career writing one-liners for gossip
columns at age 15, and during college was a joke writer for Bob Hope. In
1961 he finally began performing his own material in Greenwich Village
cafes, and soon moved up to nightclubs and talk shows. He also had a stint
as a writer/actor on Alan Funt's original Candid Camera. In 1965 he sold
his first screenplay, What's New, Pussycat? and also acted a supporting
role in the movie.

He has two ex-wives: Harlene Rosen (March 25, 1956 to 1962) and Louise
Lasser (February 2, 1966 to 1969) who co-starred in some of his early,
funny movies and was best known as tv's Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. He
dated Diane Keaton prior to writing Annie Hall, and their romance is the
basis for much of the script.

Woody has one biological son (Satchel Farrow), an adopted son (Moses
Farrow), and adopted daughter (Dylan Farrow) with ex-lover Mia Farrow. He
is currently living with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow
and her second ex-husband Andre Previn (her first ex-husband was Frank
Sinatra who threatened to beat up Woody over his affair with Soon-Yi).

 

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