Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory
Woody Allen’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Actor, director and screenwriter Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in the Bronx, New York City, on December 1, 1935. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Nettie (born Cherry), a bookkeeper at her family’s delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg, a jewelry engraver and waiter.
As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, Woody spent most of his time alone in his room practicing magic tricks or playing his clarinet.
Although depicting himself as nerd in his movies, Woody was a popular student and adept baseball and basketball player at high school.
Woody Allen broke into show business at age 15 when he started writing jokes for a local paper, receiving $200 a week.
In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, emphasizing monologues rather than traditional jokes. As a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, intellectual, fretful nebbish man.
His film directing debut was What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, which was a Japanese spy movie that he dubbed over with his own comedic dialogue about spies searching for the secret recipe for egg salad.