Woody Allen is one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time. However, despite the fact that he has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Woody Allen. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Woody Allen Wasn’t Woody Allen Until He Was 15
Allen was actually born Allan Stewart Konigsberg. He changed his name when he was 15 years old when he began his career as a comedian.
Number Fourteen: He Was Obsessed With Magic
Allen was actually quite popular in school growing up, but he often shirked his social responsibilities to practice magic. That’s right, Allen was a wannabe magician as a child. He has since called his efforts to practice magic a “colossal waste of time.”
Number Thirteen: He’s an Insanely Talented Musician
Not only is Allen a talented actor and filmmaker – he’s an incredible jazz musician! Allen still sometimes plays the clarinet in some of New York’s jazz clubs.
Number Twelve: He Was a Very Rich Teenager
By the time Allen was just 19 years old, he was making more money than his parents combined. He was writing for The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and some other television shows as well.
Number Eleven: The First Film He Fell in Love With Was ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’
It’s true! Allen was just three years old when his mother took him to see the film in theaters. After that, he professed that theaters became his second home.
Number Ten: He’s Only Made One Appearance at the Oscars
Allen is notorious for being against the popular award ceremony, and he is quite vocal about his belief that it doesn’t actually mean anything. The only time he made an appearance was in 2002, when he paid tribute to 9/11.
Number Nine: ‘Annie Hall’ Isn’t as Autobiographical as You Think
Many people have speculated that Annie Hall is autobiographical. This is because Diane Keaton and Allen actually dated, Keaton’s last name is actually Hall, and her nickname is Annie. However, Allen has stated that it’s really not that autobiographical and many things about their relationship in real life were much different than in the movie. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Woody Allen, coming soon!