What do you know about Steven Spielberg?

Hi, I’m Dasha. I’d like to share with you some facts from the biography of an outstanding person, Steven Allan Spielberg, one of the most talented directors of his generation.

Steven Allan Spielberg, who was involved in some of the greatest films of the 1980’s, is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered to be one of the most popular directors, producers, and screenwriters, in film history.

Steven Allan Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 18, 1946 to an Orthodox Jewish family. He was the oldest of four children. His mother, Leah, was a concert pianist, and his father, Arnold, an electrical engineer.

Steven Spielberg has Ukrainian roots. Both of his grandfathers were from Ukraine. One was born in Odessa, the other in a small village near Kamenetz-Podilsk. Steven admits that he loves to taste Ukrainian borshch.

Steven had ADHD. He had dyslexia and learned to read two years later than his classmates, who bullied him so much that he hated going to school. Steven was blessed with with parents who supported him.

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

Can we say that children with ADHD are losers? Absolutely not! With self-discipline and organization in their life such kids can do anything they imagine. There are very successful people who had attention-deficit/hyporactivity disorder. Like Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dali, John Lennon, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Edison, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg.

When Steven was 12 years old, his father was given an 8mm movie camera, which Steven often used. Since then, his dream has been to work as a filmmaker. Neighbors and friends nicknamed the boy “the movie camera man” because he filmed everything that came into his head. At 13, Steven took part in a local film competition. He presented “Escape to Nowhere” to the audience.

Even before Spielberg graduated from high school, his parents divorced. Choosing whom to live with, Steven chose to move to Los Angeles with his father, as he planned to go to film school. Low grades prevented student from enrolling at the University of Southern California. Long Beach University was much more fortunate: Spielberg was enrolled, and he very quickly fit into the local community, even joined the fraternity. Spielberg dropped out of California State University when he was offered a job as an intern at Universal Television Steven was hired by Universal Studios for an internship.

Steven’s first independent work for television was filming one of the Columbo episodes in 1971. Talk about Steven’s talent, about the ability to correctly place accents in any story did not subside in the backstage of the cinema world. But the real audience love for him came after the film about the great white shark, which keeps the district in fear – “Jaws” (1975). “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981),”E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Schindler’s List”, a drama about the Holocaust(1993), “Catch Me If You Can” (2002) are his the most popular films, which made Steven so famous. In 2005 Steven Spielberg released “War of the Worlds”. It became a box office success grossing more than $591 million.

In 2009, 41 years after Spielberg had dropped out to work for Universal, he went back to California State University to complete his degree and graduate.

Steven Spielberg was married to Amy Irving from 1985 to 1989. They have a son Max together. Steven Spielberg married Kate Capshaw in 1991. They have 5 children together, two of which are adopted.

Steven Allan Spielberg has been awarded numerous honors and awards for his career as a filmmaker, including two Oscars for Best Director for the films Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan,  the AFI Life Achievement Award, and many others. In 2015 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.