Steven has casted his pet dog, named Elmer, into some of the films he has filmed. They include Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws.
Steven is mentioned in the song I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen.
Steven belives that E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler's List, are his greatests films.
Steven looks ups to David Lean, as a role model.
In 1997, Steven was involved in car accident. He suffered from a shoulder injury.
Steven shoots all his movies on film, instead of shooting movies digitally.
Steven once dated Valerie Bertinelli.
Steven is a big fan of Doctor Who.
Steven attended Princess Diana's funeral.
Steven's favorite movie is Viva Las Vegas.
Steven's father fought in World War II.
Co-founded DreamWorks SKG with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
Steven is a gun collector.
In all of his films, Steven has never done a director's commentary.
Steven is a strong supporter of the USA Democratic Party.
Steven was married to Amy Irving from 1985 till 1989. Then in 1991 he married his current wife Kate Capshaw, they have 5 children together.
Steven is 5' 7½"
Spielberg says the first film he ever saw was The Greatest Show on Earth at age 6.
Steven has appeared in the 2008 public service announcement along with several stars to encourage young people to vote for the elections with the concept of using reverse psychology.
The charity that Steven helped establish in 1994 (Righteous Persons Foundation), has donated $1m (US) to the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Steven appears in the following music videos: Michael Jackson's Liberian Girl.
Cyndi Lauper's Goonies are Good Enough.
Having previously come out in support of Senator Clinton in the Democratic nominee race, Steven then agreed to support Barack Obama by holding a fundraising event for his presidential campaign.
Steven was listed at #10 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.
American actress Mia Farrow has strongly criticised director Steven Spielberg and four corporate sponsors for aiding China's staging of the Olympic Games in 2008.
Spielberg once screened Lawrence of Arabia (1962) with the film's director, the English David Lean. There Spielberg received from Lean a, as he put it, live director's commentary. Learning from a true master is one of the best moments in Spielberg's life according to Steven himself. Spielberg said that the commentary helped him make better pictures and that the commentary influenced every film he has made since.
English director David Lean originally wanted to direct Empire of the Sun (1987), but passed it onto Steven Spielberg, because of advancing years.
In his movie Jurassic Park, he chose to have the sick triceratops instead of the sick stegosaurus, in Micheal Crichton's book, because he had an experience with one as a kid.
Steven Spielberg joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 88 entitled Free Hat.
Jean-Luc Godard holds Spielberg responsible for the lack of artistic merit in mainstream cinema.
Crispin Glover has critisized Steven for considering building a studio on the last remaining wetland in Southern California.
Spielberg purchased the Rosebud sled used in Orson Welles' 1941 film Citizen Kane for $50,000.
He was friends with fellow director Stanley Kubrick. In 2001 Spielberg finished Kubrick's last project; A.I.:Artificial Intelligence.
Sidney Sheinberg is credited with discovering Steven.
Steven has been awarded the following Honorary Degrees:
Doctor of Humane Letters, Brown 1991
Honorary Doctorate, University of Southern California, 1994.
Doctor of Letters, Berkley, 1997
Doctor of Humane Letters, Yale 2002
His own production company is called Amblin Entertainment.
Academy Awards - Won Best Director - Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Best Picture - Schindler's List. Academy Awards - Nominated Best Director - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Munich (1985). Best Picture - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Saving Private Ryan, Munich (2005), Letters from Iwo Jima. Special Award Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1986).
As well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Steven has been given the following honours:
The Great Cross of Merit with Star, Germany, for his work on the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, 1998.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, 1999.
Medal for Distinguished Public Service, US, 1999.
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), Great Britain, 2001.
Légion d'honneur, France, 2004.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, 2009.
He is the godfather of Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow.
He is a Member of Theta Chi Fraternity, Zeta Epsilon Chapter.
He and his close friend, George Lucas, each have personal fortunes in excess of 2 billion dollars.
Steven: I`ve learned that we can do just about anything under the sun with computers. So the question becomes, should we? Or, should we remind ourselves, as filmmakers, to be careful and remember that there is nothing more important than how a story is told? If storytelling becomes a byproduct of the digital revolution, then the medium itself is corrupted. On the other hand, if digital tools are simply a way to enhance a conventional story, then in that case, they can make telling that story easier. It`s easier and more practical to show 20,000 soldiers in the Crimean War using computers, obviously. So, that`s fine. But now, we have technology that can replace actors, or an entire performance in an already existing movie. We could cut out Humphrey Bogart and replace him with Vin Diesel, if somebody wanted. Who would want to? Well, there might be people who would. That`s why we have to be careful. Movies reflect our cultural heritage from the period in time in which they were made. Therefore, altering them can destroy that historical perspective. That`s disrespectful of history, which is a big issue for me. The situation is like walking a tightrope - we have to move forward, but we have to be careful.
Steven: After a scary movie about the world almost ending, we can walk into the sunlight and say, "Wow, everything`s still here. I`m OK!" We like to tease ourselves. Human beings have a need to get close to the edge and, when filmmakers or writers can take them to the edge, it feels like a dream where you`re falling, but you wake up just before you hit the ground.
Steven: I think every film I make that puts characters in jeopardy is me purging my own fears, sadly only to re-engage with them shortly after the release of the picture. I`ll never make enough films to purge them all.
Steven: I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends' lives.
Steven: Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about.
Steven: All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.
Steven: A lot of the films I've made probably could have worked just as well 50 years ago, and that's just because I have a lot of old-fashion values.
Steven: I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.
Steven Spielberg: (After winning the Best Director Oscar) Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?
(on making "Indiana Jones 4")
Steven: Well, for me, making the latest installment of Indiana Jones was like getting back on the bicycle I hadn't ridden in 18 years. And I was able to keep my balance without training wheels. I was sort of amazed that all of us got our Indy legs back in the first couple of days of shooting, and that was the good news. It was a real reunion, with the sweetest memories we shared from 1980 through 1989, when we made three Indiana Jones features.
(on the ending to "Schindler's List")
Steven: In all great drama there's redemption. Without redemption there is no hope. And the one thing I'm never going to give up on is hope. A lot of people said at the time, "Why didn't the film end brutally for all 1,200 Schindler Juden? Why were they saved? Why put on a 'Spielbergian' happy ending?" In fact, the story came right out of history. I could have chosen a much darker Holocaust story where nobody survives the furnaces, but I wanted some kind of redemption. That's the person I am and I can't survive without that in my life.
Steven: I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.
Steven: I don't drink coffee. I've never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That's something you probably don't know about me. I've hated the taste since I was a kid.
Steven: I dream for a living.
Steven: Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be: The Seven Samurai, Lawrence of Arabia, It's A Wonderful Life, and The Searchers.
Steven: What I'm saying is that I believe in showmanship.
Steven: The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle.
Steven: I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again and again.
Steven: I would love to see the British film industry get back on its feet again.
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