Adopted name of Allen Stewart Konigsberg (1935-)
US film writer, director, and actor. He is known for his cynical, witty, often self-deprecating parody and offbeat humor. His film Annie Hall 1977 won him three Academy Awards. From the late 1970s, Allen mixed his output of comedies with straight dramas, such as Interiors 1978 and Another Woman 1988, but recent works such as Manhattan Murder Mystery 1994 and Bullets over Broadway 1994 have emphasized humor.
His film career began with What’s New Pussycat? 1965, which he wrote and in which he acted. Other films include Take the Money and Run 1969, Bananas 1971, Play It Again, Sam 1972, Sleeper 1973, Love and Death 1975, Manhattan 1979, Stardust Memories 1982, Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy 1982, Zelig 1983, Broadway Danny Rose 1984, Purple Rose of Cairo 1985, Hannah and Her Sisters 1986, Radio Days 1987, Alice 1990, Husbands and Wives 1992. His play Don’t Drink the Water appeared on Broadway 1966.
Allegations of child molestation and court battles followed his 1992 break with longtime companion Mia Farrow.
(1738-1789) US military leader who founded the “Green Mountain Boys” 1770. At the outbreak of the American Revolution 1775 they joined with Benedict Arnold and captured Fort Ticonderoga, the first victory for the American side. Captured by the British in the subsequent invasion of Canada, Allen continued his campaign for Vermont’s independence after his release in 1778. He died before it achieved statehood in 1791.
Born in Litchfield, Connecticut, US, Allen also served in the French and Indian War (1755–60), part of the American Seven Years' War before taking up the campaign to protect Vermont from territorial claims by New Hampshire and New York.