Steven Speilberg

By Lauren Morel

Childhood

  • Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had 3 sisters
  • Born to Orthodox Jews
  • He spent his childhood in Haddon Township , New Jersey, where he saw one of his first films in a theater
  • Throughout his early teens, Spielberg made "adventure" films with his friends. He charged admission to his home films while his sister sold popcorn.
  • In 1958 he became a Boy scout
  • He made several WWII films inspired by his father's war stories.
  • As a child, Spielberg faced difficulty reconciling being an Orthodox Jew with the perception of him by other children he played with.
  • While in college became an intern at Universal Studios

Obstacles

  • Religion (Orthodox Jew)
  • Bullied in High school
  • Parents Divorced
  • applied twice the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film but was not accepted both times
  • Dyslexia

Overcame these Obstacles by

  • Making short films that he put on for the neighborhood
  • stayed focus on his dream
  • Switched back and forth between parents

Acheivments

  • At age thirteen, Spielberg won a prize for a 40-minute war film he titled Escape to Nowhere
  • In 1963, at age sixteen, Spielberg wrote and directed his first independent film
  • his own production company, Amblin Entertainment
  • Spielberg became the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio (Universal)
  • Won 3 Academy Awards
  • 9 films he directed were nominated for Best Picture Oscar
  • The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Spielberg in 2005
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • In 2005 he was rated the greatest film director of all time by Empire Magazine
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