Interesting Biography Facts
Steven Allan Spielberg KBE OMRI
American filmmaker, directors
December 18, 1946
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
California State University, Long Beach
Steven Spielberg family members
Arnold Meyer Spielberg
Leah Frances Posner
Is Steven Spielberg a gay/bisexual?
What is Steven Spielberg marital status?
Who is Steven Spielberg wife?
How many children does he have?
Theo Spielberg (adopted son) | Max Spielberg (son) | Sawyer Avery Spielberg (son) | Sasha Spielberg (daughter) | Mikaela George Spielberg (adopted daughter) | Destry Allyn Spielberg (daughter) |
Everything starts from family, and Steven Spielberg way on top would be impossible without close people around him. Let’s get acquainted with those, with whom he lives and lived, whom he loves and who supported him in the minutes of sorrow.
Steven Spielberg wife
Amy Irving (1985-1989)
Date of birth: September 10, 1953
Amy Davis Irving has never thought what profession to choose. She acted on the stage for the first time, being just 9 months old. So, she grew up, acting, and that was not a work for her – that was her life. Her father Jules Irving served as an artistic director at Lincoln Center Theatre Repertory. Her mother Priscilla Pointer was an actress.
Amy is a well-trained actress. She studied performing art at the London Academy. After that she returned to Los Angeles and immediately started career of a TV actress.
Amy Irving most popular screen works are the films “Carrie”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Traffic”, “Adam” and many others.
Although Amy Irving is a very talented Oscar nominated actress, she became popular not just due to her acting skills, but also due to her high-profiled marriage to a film director Steven Spielberg.
They met in 1976, when Amy was just starting her career. She came to audition for the role “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, directed by Spielberg. Although Amy didn’t won the role, still it was a victorious moment for her.
Steven Spielberg lost his head from tall and slim actress. To that moment he has already filmed his legendary “Jaws” and was ranked as one of the brightest young directors in Hollywood. They started dating and he proposed her. But Amy Irving said “No!” and left Steven with a ring and a broken heart.
After that she started an affair with a musician Willie Nelson. That irritated powerful Spielberg. He was just starting to film the legendary “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. He gave Amy the role of Marion Ravenwood, the main female character, but then fired her. Thus, Karen Allen portrayed a femaleadventurer in the movie.
Five years later Steven made another attempt to capture Amy’s heart. This time she agreed to marry him. In 1985 the couple went down the aisles. They welcomed a son Max Samuel Spielberg that very year. But four years later Amy filed for divorce. She explained that being “Spielberg’s wife” and staying in her husband’s shadow was not enough for her. She got $100 million check from her rich ex-spouse due to divorce settlement.
Later Amy married a Brazilian film director Bruno Barreto. In 1990 she gave a birth to her second son Gabriel Davis (with Bruno). In 2005 the couple separated. Amy moved to New York and met a film maker Kenneth Bowser Jr. In 2007 she wedded for the third time.
Steven Spielberg made the second attempt to become happy too. And this time he was more successful.
Kate Capshaw (since 1991)
Date of birth: November 3, 1953
Kathleen Sue Nail was born in Texas, USA in the middle-class family. Her mother was a travel agent and father was an airline worker. She studied Historic Education at the University of Missouri and then taught disabled pupils at school. The school master Robert Capshaw noticed the young beautiful teacher. He invited her for a date and soon two young people fell in love. Robert proposed Kate, and they tied a knot in January 1976. On August 9 that very year they welcomed a daughter Jessica (she is an actress now).
But Robert and Kate marriage wasn’t happy. In 1980 energetic woman filed for divorce. She moved with her small daughter to LA. Kate Capshaw decided to become an actress.
She visited auditions, and one day fate gave her a smile. Kate played a tiny role in the series “The Edge of Night” and in the film “A Little Sex”. Two years later she won the role of a night club singer Willie in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, having defeated 120 other applicants. The young actress caught an eye of a film director Steven Spielberg. They started dating and soon moved together.
Steven, who suffered from his ruined first marriage, couldn’t dare to propose his loved one. But after 6 years of relationships he finally married Kate. They wedded on October 12, 1991.
Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg built a great family. They brought up 3 biological kids and 2 adopted ones. Because of her active family life she had to refuse from her career (Kate has just a few credits in her film list after her wedding). But the woman doesn’t regret about it.
Steven Spielberg kids
Sasha Spielberg (daughter with Katie Capshaw)
Date of birth: May 14, 1990
She is 28, and as for now she is completely independent from her stellar father. Sasha Rebecca Spielberg was born in the family of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw. She is the first common kid of the couple, although both of them had children in their previous marriages.
In her young years, which the girl spent in Los Angeles, she was crazy about acting. According to Sasha’s words, she imagined that she had earned an Oscar and practiced in front of the mirror her winning speech. Sasha wanted to participate in Teen Idol contest show, but her parents forbade her. They wanted to protect their girl from public attention at too young age.
Spielberg’s daughter got an education at Brown University. She participated in a number of movie hits, including “The Love Letter” with her mother Kate Capshaw, “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. As for now, Sasha is focused on her music career. She plays in the band “Wardell” alongside her brother Theo. They perform indie-folk music. Later she has oined “Just Friends”, produced by her friend Nicolas Jaar.
In 2017 Sasha released her debut EP “Facepaint”. It consists of 5 songs. When Sasha is free from music making, she uploads her pics to Instagram account. The girl is a kind of Instagram star with more than 30, 000 of followers.
Theo Spielberg (adopted son with Katie Capshaw)
Date of birth: August 21, 1988
Many people can’t believe that Theo is a son of white-skinned Steven Spielberg. In fact, he is an adopted kid of a legendary film director and his second wife Kate Capshaw.
Theo is 29 now. He earns his living as a talented guitarist. Previously he played in duo with his sister Sasha. He played the guitar and she sang. Theo and Sasha named the band “Wardell”. They released a song “Opossum” in 2011, which became a hit. Four years later the duo released the debut album.
Theo is not a professional actor, but he appeared in a number of his father’s movies. The most popular of them is “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.
Max Spielberg (son with Amy Irving)
Date of birth: June 13, 1985
He is the first biological son of the outstanding film director and his first wife an actress Amy Irving. He was born in Santa Monica, CA.
The son of 2 entertainers, Max Samuel Spielberg broke into movie industry in 1990s-2000s and appeared in a number of his father’s films, such as “Catch Me If You Can”. Then the young man decided to make career in the other area. Currently he serves as a game designer at “Electronic Arts”. He is married to a makeup artist Valerie Spielberg. Two years ago a couple bought a mansion in Westchester (LA area).
Mikaela George Spielberg (adopted daughter with Katie Capshaw)
Date of birth: February 28, 1996
Mikaela George has been adopted by a cult film director Steven Spielberg and his wife an actress Kate Capshaw. The black-skinned girl names herself “chubby”. In her early 20s she enjoys her life and earns her living as an artist.
Destry Allyn Spielberg (daughter with Katie Capshaw)
Date of birth: December 1, 1996
Journalists joke, that if you want to see the golden kids of Hollywood, look at Dolce & Gabbana runway. During the Fashion Days in Milan lots of celebs kids model for this reputable brand. Cindy Crawford son, kids of a bombshell Pamela Anderson and a grandson of Bob Dylan appeared in D&G fashion show. No wonder, that Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw youngest daughter Destry Allyn followed their example.
The girl’s career is managed by DT Model Agency. The girl collaborates not just with D&G, but also with other reputable fashion houses. But she is not going to follow this career full-time. In addition to modeling, Destry is a photographer. She dreams about career of a comedy actress.
Destry Allyn appeared in public for the first time at the age of 13. She visited Oscar ceremony with her mother and father. Destry enjoys being a daughter of 2 celebs. But she feels frustrated, when she gets some bonuses as Steven Spielberg daughter. The girl wants to find the rightful place in the sun by her own force.
Sawyer Avery Spielberg (son with Katie Capshaw)
Date of birth: March 10, 1992
He is an aspiring actor and film director, who cut his last name not to be associated with his famous father. Sawyer Avery has appeared in his father’s films alongside his siblings since childhood. To develop his skills of an entertainer, he entered New York’s Funny School of Good Acting and then attended Atlantic Conservatory. Studying was a kind of challenge for him, because he suffers from dyslexia.
As for now, Sawyer stars in Broadway productions and makes occasional appearances on TV. He says that his father has always been a role model for him. Sawyer Avery big target is to become a movie star.
Who are Steven Spielberg parents?
Arnold Meyer Spielberg (father)
Date of birth: February 6, 1917
He has a unique son; no wonder than he is an extraordinary personality too. As for now, Arnold Meyer Spielberg is 101 years old. His life has always been remarkable and interesting.
He was born in Cincinnati, OH in the family of Jewish parents, which immigrated to USA from Kamenets-Podolskiy (the huge cultural centre in western Ukraine). Arnold Spielberg made a wonderful career of an electrical engineer. During several decades he worked with radio signals and created equipment, which was used to transmit information in the army.
His love to creating various kinds of radio transmitters appeared in his heart for the first time at the age of 9. Then he built his first radio, using the details, which he found in the garbage. Later Arnold made a powerful transmitter, which was used by the soldiers of US Army during their fight with Japanese forces at Pearl Harbor.
In his mature years Arnold continued his career, creating airplane antennas. In late 50s he joined the company General Electric, where he participated in building first computers.
Arnold Meyer is a well-educated person. He got a Bachelor degree in the University of Cincinnati. He is a talented smart man, who tried to give all his knowledge and experience to his son Steven. He spent a lot of time with his boy. They went hiking, played outdoor games and talked for hours. His father inspired Steven to become a boy scout. In his young years Steven served as one of the leaders of Boy Scouts of America. His father was proud of him in his youth and till now he respects his son for his talent and hard work.
Leah Frances Posner (mother)
Date of birth: January 12, 1920
Date of death: February 21, 2017
The legend Steven Spielberg tells, that he has a lot in common with his mother. According to his words, she was an active energetic woman, who loved to live. Till the end of her long life she believed in miracles and was happy with beautiful world around her.
She was born in Cincinnati, OH and her Jewish parents had Ukrainian roots (just like her husband’s). They immigrated to USA from Odessa (southern Ukraine).
Leah was a creative talented girl with deep love to music. The woman got a brilliant art education at the Music Conservatory. Then she was educated at the University of Cincinnati, where she met an electrical engineer Arnold Spielberg and fell in love with him. Leah graduated with a degree in home economics. The couple wedded on February 23, 1945. Then Leah worked as a pianist, but she left her job after the birth of her first kid – a son Steven Spielberg. Later Arnold and she welcomed three beautiful daughters.
In spite of all their efforts, Leah and Arnold couldn’t keep their couple from separation. They divorced on April 20, 1966.
After that a woman returned to her career. She opened in LA a restaurant “The Milky Way”. Only kosher food was served there.
In 1967 Leah re-married Bernard Adler. They lived happily during 30 years – till the day of Bernard death.
In winter, 2017 a talented woman and mother of a genius died. She passed away peacefully in her house in LA, surrounded by her kids and grandchildren.
Steven Spielberg siblings
Nancy Spielberg (sister)
Date of birth: June 7, 1956
Nancy Spielberg (Katz) is the youngest kid in Spielberg family. The girl knew everything about filmmaking from her brother’s words. She was educated at Arizona State University. After that she moved to New York and studied filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College. Nancy started her career alongside Steven Spielberg. She helped her brother with his first movies. She serves as the president of Spielberg Creations Inc. In addition, Nancy runs her own line of jewelry. In 1983 Nancy married Bomar Resources vice president and night club owner Shimon Y. Katz.
In 2010s she decided to develop her own film projects. Nancy prefers to make documentary films. In 2014 she rose to fame as the person, who created “Above and Beyond” – the film about Israeli Air Force. Her other projects include “On The Map” and “Who Will Write Our History”.
Anne Spielberg (sister)
Date of birth: December 25, 1949
Although Anne Spielberg-Opatoshu glory can’t be compared with all that public craziness, which was around her famous brother, she can be called a celebrity too.
Anne is the second kid of her talented mother and successful father. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Later their family relocated to California, and Anne started career of a writer. Gradually she turned her face to film making and wrote a number of great scripts.
In 1988 she rose to fame as the screenwriter. Anne co-wrote the script to the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Perkins as the main cast. By the way, her brother Steven Spielberg refused to direct the movie. He thought, his collaboration with a younger sister would spoil their relationships. That’s why Penny Marshall was appointed as “Big” director. The film about the boy, who grew up within one night, has become a sensation. Anne got an Oscar nomination for it.
Later she co-wrote other hit projects, such as “Amazing Stories” and “Small Soldiers”. She is married to a screenwriter Danny Opatoshu.
Sue Spielberg (sister)
Sue Spielberg-Jerry is the third kid in the family of Arnold and Leah Spielberg. Her profession is not connected with cinema world, that’s why she stays out of limelight. The woman was educated at the University of California (Los Angeles). She is a businesswoman. Since 2002 Sue serves as Independent Marketing Consultant at Geiger Corporation.
Steven Allan Spielberg name is one of the most recognizable on the planet. The holder of two Oscars as the film director he dreams to get the third one in the same nomination to set a new record in Hollywood. His movies are always appreciated by critics, although they are quite simple and are targeted on an average viewer. He is responsible for massive hits “Back to the Future”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Saving Private Ryan” (starring young Vin Diesel) and many others.
It was he, who started an era of blockbusters in Hollywood, having presented his film “Jaws” and who single-handedly started the trend to make happy ends in his films. And viewers applaud him each time he presents a new project. One of his recent projects “The Post” got 2 Oscar and 6 Golden Globe nominations.
Spielberg is a person, who creates interesting adventurous movies. But at the same time he is not afraid to raise important problems in his films, such as World War I and II, Holocaust and children-parents problems.
He tells that the latest topic is especially close for him, because he passed through a difficult period with his father after his parents’ divorce. He blamed his dad in that.
Interesting and fun facts
- His life changed when at the age of 11 he took his father’s 8 mm camera and created his first film. The smart boy earned cash from this immortal hit, when he demonstrated it to his family members. The show was for free, but his viewers were obliged to buy lemonade and pop corn from a small film director.
- At the age of 22 Steven Spielberg made his first deal with Universal Studios. Thus, he has become the youngest film director in Hollywood to sign a contract with such a reputable film studio.
- He considers “Schindler’s List” as the main film story in his life. At that time Spielberg was busy with two projects at the same time – in addition to “Schindler’s List” he directed “Jurassic Park”. The film maker tells, that his heart was completely captured with the first story and he had to cope with inner resistance to work on “Jurassic Park”. Both films became hits.
- He is a godfather of two talented actresses – Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow.
- Steven Spielberg is afraid of earthquakes, which very often takes place in LA. That’s why he always has a motorcycle not far from a film set, which he uses to run away if the earthquake starts.
- Spielberg tells that to understand younger generation better, he often discusses his new projects with his children and grandchildren and uses their advice in his work.
- He values his family most of all in his life. In his younger years the director took his wife and kids with him while filming in other cities and countries. Thus, his stepdaughter Jessica studied in Krakow during one semester, while he was filming “Schindler’s List”.