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310. Steven Spielberg: Hollywood's Best Director
One of the finest Hollywood directors in the
of the film industry is Steven Allan Spielberg.
has directed some of the most significant and
films in recent Hollywood history. His list of
reads like a who's who in the movie
. He has directed such blockbusters as E.T. the
-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind,
's List, and Saving Private Ryan.
Born into a
family on December 18, 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio,
young Spielberg showed an interest in filmmaking during
teen years. When he was 12 years old,
created a nine-minute film to earn his photography
in the Boy Scouts. This was the first
he made. His parents divorced when he was
, and Spielberg moved with his family to California.
graduating from high school, he applied to the
of Southern California (USC) to learn filmmaking, but
not graduate. Instead he attended Long Beach State,
he earned his degree in Film Production and
Arts, 35 years after first attending college.
work was as a television writer, having written
for popular shows such as Night Gallery, Marcus
, M.D., and Columbo in the 70s. His breakthrough
in Hollywood was 1975's Jaws, which is one
the most popular, highest-grossing blockbuster in the history
the Silver Screen. He followed the success of
with several films that have earned him a
in Hollywood lore. His films have become household
Spielberg shows no signs of slowing down. He
involved in several film projects as a director,
a producer. Spielberg has been married twice, and
six children. He was voted Forbes Magazine's Most
Celebrity in America in 2014. His personal wealth
estimated to be more than $3 billion.