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Who is Woody Allen?
Woody Allen is a critically acclaimed screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, jazz musician, author, and playwright. Allen's films spread out through all genre's, each very unique in it's witty, intelligent dialogue, and unconventional way of story telling. This unique story telling ability has earned Allen four Academy Awards and 23 nominations, including 15 for screenwriting -- making him the most nominated screenwriter of all time for the Best Original Screenplay award.
His films range from the screwiest of screwball comedies, such as Zelig (about a chameleon man with the ability to transform himself to resemble anyone he's near), to such poignant dramas as the Academy Award Winning Husbands and Wives.
In addition to writing, directing, and acting in films, Allen has also written and starred in 10 Broadway theater productions, authored numerous short stories, and performed publicly as a clarinetist under the stage name Woody Herman.
Three reasons to love Woody Allen
1.) One of the most prolific American directors of his generation, he has written, directed, and more often than not starred in a film just about every year since 1969.
2.) Has been nominated or won over 136 awards, more than Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd combined!
3.) His variety of neuroses include: arachnophobia (spiders), entomophobia (insects), heliophobia (sunshine), cynophobia (dogs), altophobia (heights), demophobia (crowds), carcinophobia (cancer), thanatophobia (death), misophobia (germs). He admits to being terrified of hotel bathrooms.