Saturday, October 15, 2011

25 Interesting Facts About Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful film directors of all-time. Here are some entertaining and interesting facts about this commercially successful, multi-awarded and very popular film director.

1.) Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in 1946.

2.) Steven Spielberg is an American motion-picture director, producer, and executive.

3.) His movies feature action, suspense, special-effects wizardry, and memorable stories.

4.) Spielberg’s blockbuster films include Jaws (1975), E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993) and Schindler’s List (1993).

5.) His films enjoyed enormous commercial success and earned recognition for their craftsmanship.

6.) Spielberg was educated at California State College at Long Beach now known as California State University at Long Beach.

7.) At age 12, he started making movies and by the time he left college he had at least eight amateur works to his credit.

8.) His short film Amblin’ (1968) came to the attention of Universal Pictures and signed him to a seven-year contract.

9.) Spielberg’s earliest commercial efforts were television movies, among them Duel (1971), a suspense film that brought him wider recognition.

10.) Spielberg’s first full-length feature film is Sugarland Express in 1974.

11.) The film ”Jaws” catapulted Spielberg to stardom.

12.) His other blockbuster film in the 1970s is Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

13.) He teamed up with writer-producer George Lucas in the 1980s to make the action-adventure Indiana Jones film series: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

14.) His science-fiction fantasy E.T.—The Extra-Terrestrial, is one of the highest-grossing film ever made.

15.) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had honored him with the Irving Thalberg Award in 1987.

16.) His Amblin Entertainment  produced such films as Gremlins (1984), Back to the Future (1985), Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), *batteries not included (1987), Back to the Future II (1989), Arachnophobia (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and The Flintstones (1994).

17.) Spielberg also produced the animated features An American Tail (1986), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991), and We're Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993).

18.) His Jurassic Park which was released in 1993 featured spectacular computer-created dinosaurs became one of top-grossing motion picture in history.

19.) His Schindler’s List won him an Academy Awards for best director and best picture. It was Spielberg’s first Academy Award for best director.

20.) Other outstanding films by Spielberg include Amistad (1997), the World War II film Saving Private Ryan (1998), Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), War of the Worlds (2005) and Munich (2005).

21.) He married actress Amy Irving in 1985 and divorced in 1989. In their divorce settlement, Amy received $100 million from Spielberg after a judge controversially vacated a prenuptial agreement written on a napkin.

22.) Irving and Spielberg’s divorce was recorded as the third most costly celebrity divorce in history.

23.) Forbes magazine places Spielberg’s personal net worth at $3.0 billion.

24.) In 2006, Premiere listed Spielberg as the most powerful and influential figure in the motion picture industry, Time listed him as one of the `100 Most Important People of the Century and Life named him the most influential person of his generation at the end of 20th century.

25.) She is currently married to actress Kate Capshaw whom he met when he cast her in Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom. They married on October 12, 1991 and there are seven children in the Spielberg-Capshaw family.

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