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American Masters: Woody Allen

An accomplished screenwriter and director, Woody Allen has had numerous films credited to his name spanning from the 1960’s to the present. Most of his works have gotten major awards, too. Learn more about this American Master.

Director, writer, actor, musician, playwright, and author – these are just a few words attached to Woody Allen’s name. Allan Stewart Konigsberg or Woody Allen, as we more commonly know him, started writing jokes at the age of 16. At the age of 19, he became a scriptwriter for various television shows. He met some people along the way who helped him improve his style of writing. In the early 1960’s, Allen started a career as a stand-up comedian while developing his writing by creating short stories and captions for cartoon strips.

In 1965, Woody Allen wrote a screenplay for What’s New Pussycat?, wherein he also had a small role. The following year, he got his directorial debut with What’s Up Tiger Lily? These films were the start of his career on the silver screen. Having won 14 awards and over 50 nominations from top award guilds, Woody Allen is no doubt one of the masters to look up to when it comes to his craft.

Recently, PBS released a documentary where we can catch a glimpse of the life of Woody Allen. In one part, he is shown with his Olympia portable SM-3 typewriter from the 1950’s. This is the typewriter that he uses when writing all of his stories. He says that he never used a computer when writing his masterpieces and opts to type all the documents on his typewriter or write drafts on a yellow legal pad. Below is a preview of the documentary.

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Watch Woody Allen: A Documentary on PBS. See more from American Masters.

Sources used for this article include Showbiz 411, PBS, and WXXI.

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written by jeanmendoza

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  1. freckleface

    freckleface

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