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Spielberg the Young Filmmaker

One of the most acclaimed directors of the late 20th century, Steven Spielberg is an American icon. From Close Encounters to Schindlerís List, Spielberg has never failed to amaze and delight his audience. His career, while still in itís prime, has surpassed the level of household name time and time again.

Born in Cincinnati on December 18 1946, the Spielberg family moved from New Jersey to Scottsdale AZ (near Phoenix) while Steven was still young. His father (Arnold) was an electric engineer, and his mother (Leah) a concert pianist. His sister, Anne Spielberg, became a screen writer (who was to be nominated for an Oscar for writing Big).

At the age of 13 he won a contest with his 40 minute film, Escape to Nowhere. In 1963, at the age of 16, Spielberg produced the movie Firelight (which would later inspire Close Encounters). The movie made a $100 profit at the local movie theater.

Although Spielberg attended California State University in Long Beach studying English, he couldn't get into a traditional film school. As with anything, Spielberg wasn't going to let that stop him.