Dec. 18th, 1946
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Steven Allan Spielberg is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases
- Once screened _Lawrence of Arabia (1962)_ (qv) with director 'David Lean (I)' (qv), who gave Spielberg a "live director's commentary", as Spielberg put it. Spielberg said that it was one of the best moments of his life, learning from a true master. Consequently, Spielberg stated that it helped him make better pictures and that commentary directly influenced every movie he has made since.
- Is a fan of _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv).
- In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 8 of Spielberg's films are listed: _Jaws (1975)_ (qv), _Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)_ (qv), _Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)_ (qv), _E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)_ (qv), _The Color Purple (1985)_ (qv), _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv), _Schindler's List (1993)_ (qv) and _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv).
- Was offered the opportunity to direct _California Split (1974)_ (qv), but job went to 'Robert Altman (I)' (qv).
- When he was a child, he sneaked onto the lot of Universal Studios during a tour and befriended an editor who showed him a few things about filmmaking.
- In 1996, he purchased 'Clark Gable' (qv)'s Oscar (which he won for _It Happened One Night (1934)_ (qv)) to protect it from further commercial exploitation and gave it back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commenting that he could think of "no better sanctuary for Gable's only Oscar than the Motion Picture Academy".
- Wrote a letter to Polish writer/director 'Mira Hamermesh' (qv) in appreciation of one of her films.
- On 14 December 2002 he bought 'Bette Davis' (qv)' Oscar, which she won for _Dangerous (1935)_ (qv), at a Sotheby's auction in New York to return it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The statuette was among the memorabilia sold by the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, which has emerged from bankruptcy protection.