Woody Allen (1935- ) the screenwriter, director, and actor, has created many indelible cinematic images of New York. The native New Yorker, born Allen Konigsberg, briefly attended New York University before beginning his career as a stand-up comedian and television writer. He worked for several successful series, such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show, and Candid Camera before transitioning to feature films. Allen began his film career with writing What's Up, Pussycat? (1965) and moved to directing the following year with What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966). The many films he has written, directed, and acted in include: Love and Death (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Broadway Danny Rose (1978), Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Husbands and Wives (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), and Mighty Aphrodite (1995). In recent years, he has worked primarily behind the camera, writing and directing Match Point (2005), Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) and Whatever Works (2009).
Allen has been nominated for twenty-one Academy Awards, including a record-holding fourteen for Best Original Screenplay, six for Best Director, and one for Best Leading Actor in Annie Hall. Annie Hall, one of his most recognized films, was awarded four Academy Awards: in addition to Allen's nods for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, Diane Keaton won Best Actress and the film received Best Picture. He has also written two plays that appeared to great success on Broadway: Don't Drink the Water (1966) and Play it Again Sam (1969). The latter, which Allen acted in on stage and screen, was made into a film in 1972. Allen has also published four writing collections and enjoys a side career as a jazz clarinetist. He continues to write, direct, and produce films.