Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Steven Spielberg (Steven Allan Spielberg) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and business magnate. He is 5' 7½" (1.71 m) and was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA at 6:16pm. Steven’s mother, Leah Adler Posner was a restaurateur and concert pianist that was born in 1920. His father, Arnold Spielberg was an electrical engineer that developed computers, and he was born in 1917. Arnold also served in World War II in South East Asian Front. He had three sisters and grew up as an Orthodox Jewish. His sisters are screenwriter Anne Spielberg Opatoshu, businesswoman Sue Spielberg Pasternak, and Nancy Spielberg Katz, who is a fundraiser and executive producer of documentary films.
He saw his first film/movie in a theater when he was a child in Haddon Township, New Jersey. He started to make amateur 8mm films with his friends with his first film being shot at the Pinnacle Peak Patio restaurant in Scottsdale. He went to Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957 and was taught by Rabbi Albert L. Lewis, who was memorialized in Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith. He became part of the Boy Scouts in 1958 and made an 8mm Western nine-minute film, The Last Gunfight so that he can get his photography merit badge. He made a 40-minute film, Escape to Nowhere when he was thirteen years old. He won a prize for Escape to Nowhere which was based on the war/battle in East Africa. He wrote and directed a 140-minute independent film at the age of 16 in 1963. The science fiction adventure Firelight (1963) had a budget of $500 and was shown at his local theater. Stevens parents soon got divorced, and he chose to go live with his father in Saratoga, California with his father while his mother and three sisters stayed in Arizona. He attended Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona for three years and then moved to Saratoga High School in California where he graduated in 1965. He applied twice to the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television in California but was not accepted. He then went to California State University in Long Beach, California.
Steven is widely famous and is widely considered to be one of the most popular persons in the movie industry in history and the primary leader of the New Hollywood era. Steven has been in the film industry for over four decades with a broad genre of films under his belt. Some events his movies covers were the transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust,war, and terrorism. His first real movie industry experience was when he was an unpaid intern for Universal Studios working seven days a week for the editing department that he was uncredited for. He soon became famous, and USC awarded Steven an honorary degree in 1994. He became a trustee of the USC in 1996. Steven finished his degree with independent projects at CSULB 35 years after first starting college and received his B.A. in Film Production and Electronic Arts with an option in Film/Video Production in 2002.
He made his first 26-minute short film Amblin' (1968) for theatrical release. Steven later name his company Amblin Entertainment. Vice president Sidney Sheinberg of production for Universal's TV arm saw Amblin (1968) and signed Steven for a long-term deal with Hollywood Studio (Universal). He was the youngest director ever at that time.
Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993) was the highest-grossing film made at that time and made box office record. All the films that Steven directed has an unadjusted gross that is over $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes estimates Steven Spielberg's net worth wealth is at about $3 billion.
Steven married his first wife actress Amy Irving in 1985, and they divorced in 1989. Amy received $100 million from the divorce settlement after a judge dismissed a prenuptial agreement written on a napkin. Steven and Amy’s divorce was recorded as being the third most expensive divorce in history for celebrities. They shared custody of their son, Max Samuel, who was born on June 13, 1985. He started dating actress Kate Capshaw after casting her in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Kate converted to Judaism after she married on October 12, 1991. Steven and Kate have seven children together including step kids. Kate gave birth to Jessica Capshaw on August 9, 1976 with her previous husband, Robert Capshaw. Kate adopted Theo Spielberg, who was born on August 21, 1988 before she married Steven, he later adopted Theo. Steven and Kate had Sasha Rebecca Spielberg on May 14, 1990; Sawyer Avery Spielberg on March 10, 1992; adopted Mikaela George who was born on February 28, 1996 and Kate gave birth to Destry Allyn Spielberg on born December 1, 1996. They own four homes in Pacific Palisades, California; Naples, Florida; New York City; and Quelle Farm, Georgica Pond in East Hampton, New York.
Some of Steven’s early movies are Wagon Train (1957), Battle Squad (1961), Escape to Nowhere (1961), The Last Gun (1959), Firelight (1964), Slipstream (1967), Amblin' (1968), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Duel (1971), Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1969), Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969), Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971), The Sugarland Express (1974), Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Poltergeist (1982), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), The Goonies (1985), Gremlins (1984), An American Tail (1986), Back to the Future (1985), The Color Purple (1985) and Sun (1987).
- Steven is one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios
- Supports the Democratic Party and had donated $100,000 to the Democratic Party
- One of the richest individuals in Hollywood
- He is a member of Theta Chi Fraternity from the Zeta Epsilon Chapter, Long Beach State University and one of his fraternity brothers was Roger Ernest
- He is the godfather of actress Drew Barrymore and actress Gwyneth Paltrow
- Gwyneth Paltrow calls him Uncle Morty
1993 - Steven won an Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993)
1993 - Steven received the Germany's Cross of Merit with star for his representation of Germany's history in Schindler's List (1993).
1997, September - He was treated for an injured shoulder after being involved in a car accident.
1997, October - He was chosen by Entertainment Weekly as the most powerful person in entertainment in 1997.
1998, June - Jonathan Norman stalked and threaten to rape Steven resulting in being sentenced to 25 years to life.
1998 - Steven won an Academy Award for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
1999, September - He was named Best Director of the 20th Century in an Entertainment Weekly
1999, Veteran Day - He received the Distinguished Public Service Award which is the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor for his work on Saving Private Ryan (1998)
2000, December - He was awarded the honor of Knight of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in New Years Honours 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II. He receive that award for his contribution to the British film industry but he will not be able to use the title because he is a non-Commonwealth citizen.