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Steven Spielberg: all news and scoops!

  • Job : scriptwriter, actor, director, producer
  • Real name: Steven Allan Spielberg
  • Sign : Sagittarius
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, December 18, 1946 (age: 74 years old)
  • Country: United States

Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Son of Arnold Spielberg, a computer engineer for General Electric, and Leah Adler, he has three sisters; Anne, Sue and Nancy. Not very interested in studies, he is more passionate about cinema. He took acting classes in Phoenix. In 1961, self-taught, he made his first short film, Escape to Nowhere, a war film inspired by his father’s accounts of the Second World War. The divorce of his parents in 1964 left a deep impression on him. After their separation, he chose to follow his father to California, while his sisters reside in Arizona with their mother. In 1968, he directed a short film with Allen Daviau, Amblin, which won several awards and earned him a seven-year contract with Universal Television Studios.

The young prodigy directed a few episodes for several series (Night Gallery, Columbo) and quickly made a name for himself at Universal. In 1971, he shoots in a few days a TV movie, Duel, a chase between a truck and a car in the middle of the desert. The film won the Grand Prix at the Avoriaz Festival and was adapted in a long version for the cinema. The young director is then revealed to the general public. In 1974, strengthened by this experience, he launches into his first direction for the big screen and releases Sugarland Express which does not make many entries but receives the price of the scenario at the Cannes Film Festival. The year 1975 is a turning point in his career, he adapts the screenplay of Jaws which reaches records at the box office.

Steven Spielberg then changes register and shoots Encounters of the Third Kind, a science-fiction film, in 1977. He did it again in 1982, with E.T., which tells the story of a friendship between a child and an alien. At the same time, with his accomplice George Lucas, he imagined the stories of an adventurer, Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford on the screen. The first opus, The Adventurers of the Lost Ark, which came out in 1981, was followed by three more installments, The Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989) and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). He became an emblematic director of the entertainment film with Jurassic Park in 1993 and his special effects cohort. In the 90s, he also took a closer look at the History of World War II with two more personal films, Schindler’s List (1994) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). For each of them, he won the Golden Globes for best film and the Oscar for best director.

Since then, the director has alternated between science fiction (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, La guerre de sondes), historical films (Munich, Lincoln), and comedy (Arrête-moi si tu peux, Le terminal). In May 2013, Steven Spielberg accepted the presidency of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, he returns to the Cannes Film Festival to present his film, out of competition, The Good Big Giant (The BFG).

On the private side, Steven Spielberg marries Amy Irving in November 1985, a few months after the birth of their son Max on June 13, 1985. But the couple divorces in 1989 and the director finds love again on the arm of Kate Capshaw whom he marries in second wedding in October 1991. Together, they found a blended family; Sasha born in 1990, Sawyer born in 1992, then they adopt a daughter Mikaela (born in February 1996), and a few months later Destry is born (born December 1, 1996). Kate Capshaw also has a daughter, Jessica Capshaw, born in 1976 from a previous union, and an adopted son Theo (born in 1988), who was later adopted by Steven Spielberg.

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