61 Facts About Steven Spielberg

1. Steven Spielberg was one of the wealthiest and most powerful movie-makers in Hollywood.

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2. Steven Spielberg is one of the great sentimental filmmakers of our time.

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3. In a career of more than four decades, Steven Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres.

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4. Steven Spielberg recently dished out news that he disliked the ending of 'War of the Worlds' and never really understood it, but it looks like 'Hook' is the movie he created that he enjoys.

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5. Steven Spielberg is taking his time casting his West Side Story remake.

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6. Steven Spielberg is producing a movie adaptation of The Color Purple Broadway stage musical, having previously directed a big screen adaptation of Alice Walker's original Color Purple novel back in 1985.

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7. Steven Spielberg directed and produced the 1985 film version, based on Alice Walker's 1982 book about an African-American woman in the American South, who.

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8. Steven Spielberg has admitted that there's a major flaw in his adaptation of HG Wells's classic The War of the Worlds.

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9. Steven Spielberg admits his War of the Worlds adaptation has a major flaw.

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10. In July 2016, Steven Spielberg was awarded a gold Blue Peter badge on the BBC children's television programme Blue Peter.

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11. In November 24, 2015, Steven Spielberg was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House.

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12. Steven Spielberg was given two facsimiles of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, one passed but not ratified in 1861, as well as a facsimile of the actual 1865 amendment signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

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13. On November 19, 2013, Steven Spielberg was honored by the National Archives and Records Administration with its Records of Achievement Award.

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14. In October 2009 Steven Spielberg received the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; presenting him with the medal was former US president and Liberty Medal recipient Bill Clinton.

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15. Steven Spielberg received an honorary degree at Boston University's 136th Annual Commencement on May 17, 2009.

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16. On July 15, 2006, Steven Spielberg was awarded the Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Summer Gala of the Chicago International Film Festival, and was awarded a Kennedy Center honour on December 3.

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17. In 1999, Steven Spielberg received an honorary degree from Brown University.

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18. Steven Spielberg stated he made Indiana Jones a Boy Scout in honor of his experience in Scouting.

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19. In 2001, Steven Spielberg was stalked by conspiracy theorist and former social worker Diana Napolis.

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20. Steven Spielberg played many of LucasArts adventure games, including the first Monkey Island games.

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21. Steven Spielberg is a major collector of the work of American illustrator and painter Norman Rockwell.

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22. Steven Spielberg has purchased Academy Award statuettes being sold on the open market and donated them to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to prevent their further commercial exploitation.

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23. Steven Spielberg supported Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

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24. Steven Spielberg said in a statement that "I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual.

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25. In February 2008, Steven Spielberg pulled out of his role as advisor to the 2008 Summer Olympics in response to the Chinese government's inaction over the War in Darfur.

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26. Steven Spielberg resigned as a member of the national advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America in 2001 because of his disapproval of the organization's anti-homosexuality stance.

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27. In 2013, Steven Spielberg purchased the 282-foot mega-yacht Seven Seas for US$182 million.

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28. Steven Spielberg "rediscovered the honor of being a Jew", he says, before he made Schindler's List, when he married Kate Capshaw.

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29. In an AFI interview in August 2000 Steven Spielberg commented on his interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and how it has influenced some of his films.

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30. In 2013, Steven Spielberg has announced he is collaborating with 343 Industries for a live-action TV show of Halo.

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31. Apart from being an ardent gamer Steven Spielberg has had a long history of involvement in video games.

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32. Steven Spielberg voiced himself in the film Paul, and in one episode of Tiny Toon Adventures titled Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian.

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33. Steven Spielberg had cameo roles in The Blues Brothers, Gremlins, Vanilla Sky, and Austin Powers in Goldmember, as well as small uncredited cameos in a handful of other films, such as a life-station worker in Jaws.

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34. Steven Spielberg will executive produce Cortes, a historical mini-series written by Steven Zaillian about the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, and Hernan Cortes's relationship with Aztec ruler Montezuma.

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35. In March 2013, Steven Spielberg announced that he was "developing a Stanley Kubrick screenplay for a miniseries, not for a motion picture, about the life of Napoleon.

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36. In 2011, Steven Spielberg launched Falling Skies, a science fiction television series, on the TNT network.

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37. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer for Disturbia and the Transformers live action film with Brian Goldner, an employee of Hasbro.

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38. In 1993, Steven Spielberg acted as executive producer for the highly anticipated television series seaQuest DSV; a science fiction series set "in the near future" starring Roy Scheider and Jonathan Brandis that aired on NBC.

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39. Steven Spielberg appears, as himself, in the game to direct the player.

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40. Since the mid-1980s, Steven Spielberg has increased his role as a film producer.

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41. Steven Spielberg will be involved not only as producer but as a director.

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42. In September 2008, Steven Spielberg bought film rights for John Wyndham's novel Chocky and is interested in directing it.

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43. In April 2018, it was announced that Steven Spielberg would be directing a film adaptation of the Blackhawk comic book series.

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44. Steven Spielberg is attached to direct an adaptation of American photojournalist Lynsey Addario's memoir It's What I Do.

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45. Steven Spielberg had planned to film his long-planned adaptation of David Kertzer's The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara in early 2017 for release at the end of that year, but production has been postponed.

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46. Steven Spielberg plans to direct a new film adaptation of the musical West Side Story.

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47. In 1991, Steven Spielberg directed Hook, about a middle-aged Peter Pan, played by Robin Williams, who returns to Neverland.

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48. In 1985, Steven Spielberg released The Color Purple, an adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about a generation of empowered African-American women during depression-era America.

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49. Steven Spielberg has often referred to the gruelling shoot as his professional crucible.

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50. Steven Spielberg asked Lena Dunham to adapt a Syrian refugee story and Twitter is NOT on board.

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51. In 2009, Steven Spielberg reportedly tried to obtain the screen rights to make a film based on Microsoft's Halo series.

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52. Steven Spielberg plans to film a fifth installment in the Indiana Jones series.

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53. Steven Spielberg directed the film adaptation of the popular sci-fi novel Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.

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54. Steven Spielberg directed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which wrapped filming in October 2007 and was released on May 22, 2008.

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55. Steven Spielberg collaborated again with Tom Hanks along with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci in 2004's The Terminal, a warm-hearted comedy about a man of Eastern European descent who is stranded in an airport.

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56. Steven Spielberg released Amistad under DreamWorks Pictures, which has produced all of his films from Amistad onwards with the exception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Adventures of Tintin and Ready Player One.

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57. In 1994, Steven Spielberg took a hiatus from directing to spend more time with his family and build his new studio, DreamWorks, with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

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58. In 1993, Steven Spielberg returned to the adventure genre with the film version of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park, about a theme park with genetically engineered dinosaurs.

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59. Steven Spielberg was a co-producer of the 1987 film *batteries not included.

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60. Steven Spielberg appeared in a cameo on Cyndi Lauper's music video for the movie's theme song, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough".

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61. Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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