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Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg, December 1, 1935) 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. As a comic, he developed the persona of an insecure intellectual, which he insists is quite different from his real-life personality.
Allen directed, starred in, and wrote Take the Money and Run in 1969. That same year he starred in his own TV special, The Woody Allen Special. From 1971 to 1975, Allen co-wrote, directed, and starred in Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), Sleeper, and Love and Death.
Then came two of Allen’s finest films. Annie Hall won four Academy Awards in 1977, including Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Diane Keaton, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Woody Allen. Annie Hall set the standard for modern romantic comedy and also started a minor fashion trend with the clothes worn by Diane Keaton in the film (the masculine clothing, such as ties with cardigans, was actually Keaton’s own).
The wikipedia pages on Woody’s achievements goes on and on; way too many to list here, as are his list of BAFTA’s in various categories.
Allen’s personal life has also been well documented, but this portrayal is only concerned with his professional life and his successes.
Portrait done with Ergosoft Staedtler pencils on Bristol Board smooth surface, 250gsm, 297 mms x420mms.