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Steven Spielberg

Real name: Steven Allan Spielberg
Birthdate: N/A
Status: Single
Partner: Amy Irving (1985-1989)

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Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director and producer. Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award winner and is the highest grossing filmmaker of all time, his films having made nearly $8 billion internationally. Forbes Magazine places Spielberg's net worth at $3 billion. As of 2006, Premiere listed him as the most powerful and influential figure in the motion picture industry. TIME named him in the '100 Greatest People of the Century'. At the end of the 20th century LIFE named him the most influential person of his generation.

Rejecting offers to direct Jaws 2 and Superman, Spielberg and actor Richard Dreyfuss re-convened to work on a film about UFOs, which became Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). One of the rare movies both written and directed by Spielberg, Close Encounters... was a critical and box office hit, giving Spielberg his first Best Director nomination from the Academy as well as earning six other Academy Awards nominations. It won Oscars in two categories (Cinematography—Vilmos Zsigmond, and a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing—Frank E. Warner). This second blockbuster helped to secure Spielberg's rise.

Spielberg's success with mainstream and commercially appealing films also subjected him to disdain from film reviewers. His film 1941, a big-budgeted World War II farce, flopped with both audiences and critics alike. Next, Spielberg teamed with Star Wars creator and friend George Lucas on an action adventure film. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first of the Indiana Jones trilogy, was his homage to the cliffhanger serials of the Golden Age of Hollywood, with Harrison Ford (whom Lucas had previously cast in his Star Wars films) as the archaeologist and adventurer hero Indiana Jones. The biggest film at the box office in 1981, and recipient of numerous Oscar nominations including Best Director (Spielberg's second nomination) and Best Picture (the second Spielberg film to be nominated for Best Picture), Raiders is still considered a landmark example of the action genre.Steven Spielberg with President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan after a showing of E.T.

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