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Steven Spielberg Biography

Steven Spielberg (born 18.12.1946)

Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He has won a number of Academy Awards for his film work.

Steven Spielberg: Childhood

Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His parents, Leah Adler and Arnold Spielberg are Jewish. As a child, Steven made a number of 8mm movies and showed them at his home, charging 25 cents entry.

At the age of 13, Steven Spielberg made a 40 minute movie named 'Escape to Nowhere' and won a prize for his efforts.

Spielberg's first independent movie was entitled Firelight. It was a science fiction movie and Spielberg was just 16 years old when it was made. He profited $100 on its release in a local cinema.

When Spielberg's parents divorced he moved to California with his father and applied for the film school at the University of California. He was rejected on three occasions and instead attended California State University.

Steven Spielberg: Film Career

After being signed to Universal Studios for TV work, Spielberg made his debut as a film director with The Sugarland Express, released in 1974 and starring Goldie Hawn.

Spielberg was then offered the job of director for Jaws. The project was almost cancelled when it ran over-budget but the team persisted and the film was a massive international success, garnering three Academy Awards, making Spielberg a household name.

Spielberg turned down offers to direct King Kong, Superman and Jaws 2. Instead he focused on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, another collaboration with Richard Dreyfuss. This time, the film earned six Oscar nominations and won two of them. However, his next effort, 1941, was a critical and financial failure.

Spielberg's next project was a collaboration with his friend George Lucas. Raiders of the Lost Ark starred Harrison Ford as the film's hero, Indiana Jones. It was the biggest box office hit of 1981 and again, earned a number of Oscar nominations.

The following year, Spielberg returned to the big screen with E.T., which starred a young Drew Barrymore and was nominated for nine Oscars.

Spielberg wrote the screenplay for Poltergeist, as well as directing the film. His next two films, The Twilight Zone and The Goonies, a children's adventure, were both a huge international success.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was again helmed by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg but was marginally less successful than its predecessor.

Spielberg 's Gremlins was the film credited for the creation of the PG-13 rating, for films aimed at young audiences, but featuring a high level of violence.

The Color Purple, released in 1985, was an adaptation of Alice Walker's book of the same name. The film starred Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey and earned 11 Oscar nominations.

Two years later, Spielberg shot Empire of the Sun, starring John Malkovich and Christian Bale.

In 1989, Spielberg directed the last of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Sean Connery played Jones's father in the film and the movie proved to be another box office hit.

Spielberg went on to direct Hook, starring Robin Williams. The film was about a middle-aged Peter Pan returning to Neverland. The film made a net profit of around $230 million.

Jurassic Park was released in 1993 and was one of Spielberg's most highly-anticipated releases. The film featured computer-generated dinosaurs, courtesy of George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic company. Its follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in 1997.

Schindler's List was a highly moving drama set in the time of the Holocaust. Spielberg won his first Best Director Oscar for the film.

From the late 1990's Spielberg released a stream of highly successful films via DreamWorks Pictures. The first was Amistad, followed by Spielberg's representation of World War II, Saving Private Ryan, which featured Tom Hanks in the title role. Spielberg and Hanks also produced the HBO TV series Band of Brothers.

In 2001, Spielberg filmed AI: Artificial Intelligence, Stanley Kubrick's final project, which he was unable to start whilst he was alive.

In Minority Report, Spielberg teamed up with Tom Cruise, for the sci-fi film that proved to be a huge hit.

In 2002, Spielberg directed Catch Me If You Can, a true story of a con-artist, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Walken.

In 2004, Spielberg re-joined forces with Tom Hanks for the hit The Terminal, which also starred Catherine Zeta Jones. The next year, he worked on an adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The film starred Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning.

Spielberg then went on to direct Munich, a film covering the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games.

In 2007, Spielberg returned to the Indiana Jones franchise and released Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Harrison Ford returned to his lead role in the film, which grossed over $785 million across the globe.

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Steven Spielberg Developing Movie About Jewish Priest

19th April 2014

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is going back in time again to develop a movie about Jewish priest Edgardo Mortara.The Kidnapping of...

Bruce Springsteen To Help Steven Spielberg's Foundation Celebrate 20-year Anniversary

16th April 2014

Rocker Bruce Springsteen will help to mark the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's university foundation by performing at a special...

Steven Spielberg Renting Out Malibu Beach House For $150,000 A Month

9th April 2014

Steven Spielberg has put his Malibu, California beach pad up for lease for a whopping $150,000 (£93,750)-per-month.The seven-bedroom, ocean-front compound...

The Goonies Sequel Could Bring Back Villain, And Corey Feldman

8th April 2014

The Goonies sequel could welcome back the opera-signing villain Jake Fratelli after the actor who played him, Robert Davi, said...

Corey Feldman Echoes Richard Donner: 'the Goonies' Sequel Is "close" To Becoming A Reality

7th April 2014

Director Richard Donner unofficially confirmed he was working on a sequel to the hit 1985 children's classic, The Goonies, on...

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Steven Spielberg Reviews

Bookmakers Predict Bountiful BAFTAS For Lincoln And Daniel Day-Lewis

9th January 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis Is The Huge Favourite To Win The BAFTA For Best ActorSteven Spielberg's...

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Steven Spielberg Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Milius 2013, Review by Rich Cline

A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest...

Lincoln 2012, Review by Rich Cline

A historic epic from Steven Spielberg carries a lot of baggage, but he surprises us...

Super 8 2011, Review by Rich Cline

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War Horse 2011, Review by Rich Cline

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn 2011, Review by Rich Cline

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bob wierdsma

Dear Mr. Spielberg: I'm especially interested in your Tintin project since I'm a lifelong fan. I even have an original, unpublished postcard sized sketch by the late Herge! Best wishes in your movie making.Bob Wierdsma

5 years 3 months ago
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Mr Spielberg:I hope you're proud that you supported Gov. Schwarzenegger. You pretended to be a liberal; however, the tax breaks you got from Bush must have warped your mind. This blood money was stolen from health care, the mentally ill, from education, and from veterans.Now Schwarzenegger will veto the single payer health care bill.We need Single Payer Health Care, but because you've been bought off by the insurance companies, countless Americans will either go without health care or risk losing everything they have to get health care for themselves or their children. You should be profoundly ashamed! It is time to stop the suffering. As you know, insurance companies can legally price fix; that's not capitalism, that's fascism.

6 years 8 months ago
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Listen to you sycophants this is just ranking over old ground.Can't Mr Spielberg think of a new idea....whats next close encounters of the 5th kindReally....

7 years 2 weeks ago
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Dear Speilpek Sir,I am your one of the fan. We are waiting a good movie like Duel & Schnidlers list.Thank you.

4 years 11 months ago
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With reguard to the apparnet absence of UFO sightings.China is the new hotbed for observations including a locally produced China "Fire Breathing Dragon" ship similar to TR-3B fame in the US. Moreover, the data stored on "Dropa" disks read magnetically rather than Chinese characters inscribed on their surface may reveal how to do many high tech things....question has the Chinese government done this? If so, is the "Fire Breathing Dragon" ship the result of such translations.....where the HELL is Indian Jones when you need him?

8 years 1 month ago
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(corrected version)Mr Spielberg:I hope you’re proud that you supported Gov. Schwarzenegger. You pretended to be a liberal; however, the tax breaks you got from Bush must have warped your mind. This blood money was stolen from health care, the mentally ill, from education, and from veterans.Now Schwarzenegger will veto the single payer health care bill.An email sent to Gov Schwarzenegger:We need Single Payer Health Care, but because you’ve been bought off by the insurance companies, countless Americans will either go without health care or risk losing everything they have to get health care for themselves or their children. You should be profoundly ashamed! It is time to stop the suffering. As you know, insurance companies can legally price fix; that’s not capitalism, that’s fascism.

6 years 8 months ago
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claudia

it was a dream to now you american pepole......but......its over......romainian they.....kill....me

6 years 11 months ago
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Dear Steven Spielberg, I am not really sure, if you get the time, to look at this web site; but if you do, I would just like to say, that I have written a beautiful script, 130 pages. It's a Christmas story, packed with adventure, humour and emotion. I do have copyrite.Would you be interested in looking at my script, and making me a offer. Thank you, I look forward to your reply.Kind Regards,miya

7 years 5 months ago
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y wish you a ....GREAT 2008......DO YOUR BEST......CLAUDIA DUMITRESCU

6 years 2 months ago
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Mr.Speilburg, My name is Lee, And I am wondering if you will take other people's idea for a movie. It's a animal annimation or it could be both.You really are a master of creation in making movie's come alive. But I'm not taken nothing from Ron Howard either. I'm not an educated man but I do take care of my family the best I can. My mom was one of the best mother's anyone can have. But my father drunkour future away with a wine bottle, and now mom has passed over and dear old dad stay's with me now and my wife and I take care of him. Life sure is funny.Mr. Speilburg the movie idea i got is really a good one, And I will only tell you or Ron Howard the idea.I'm a simple man and only ask if the idea is good and you take it, just be fair to me and help my family out a little. Well I've took enough of your time. Thank You. Bye

8 years 8 months ago
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