Steven Spielberg - Biography
With over 100 credits dedicated to film, Steven Spielberg has been called “one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film.”
Though Spielberg was born on December 18th, 1947 to a Jewish family in Cincinnati, Ohio, he spent most of his childhood in New Jersey and Arizona. There, he created his first 8 millimeter adventure films.
Over the next few years, he would create many more home-movies, each more astounding than the last.
At just 11 years old, he aided in the production of a western film called Wagon Train; after becoming a Boy Scout, Steven earned his photography merit badge by creating a 9-minute film called The Last Gunfight; at 13, he won a prize for a 40 minute film about East African warfare called Escape to Nowhere and in the same year directed a WWII film called Battle Squad; at 16, he wrote and directed a full-length independent film called Firelight, which would later inspire his film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
After his parents divorce, Spielberg moved to California with his father where he graduated from high school (Saratoga High School), attained the rank of Eagle Scout, and applied to the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television, twice: both attempts were unsuccessful.
Spielberg eventually became a student at California State University, Long Beach. He would officially finished his college degree 35 years after beginning.
His career began as an unpaid intern at Universal Studios. From there he has written more than 21 films and various articles, directed over 52 films, and participated in all other aspects of film.
- Spielberg has been married twice, once to Amy Irving, from 1985-1989, and then to Kate Capshaw since 1991.
- He has six children: Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela, Max, Theo, and Destry.
- In 1968, Spielberg directed a 26 minute short film called Amblin’, which he later took as the name of his production company.
- He was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2007.
- His first TV job came in the form of a directing an episode of the show Night Gallery.
- "I think that the Internet is going to effect the most profound change on the entertainment industries combined. And we’re all gonna be tuning into the most popular Internet show in the world, which will be coming from some place in Des Moines. We’re all gonna lose our jobs. We’re all gonna be on the Internet trying to find an audience."
- "I don’t drink coffee. I’ve never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That’s something your probably don’t know about me. I’ve hated the taste since I was a kid."
- "I dream for a living."
- "I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience."