Thursday, December 18, 2003

Ohio moments

Steven Spielberg made debut in Cincinnati

On Dec. 18, 1946, Steven Spielberg - one of Hollywood's top directors - was born in Cincinnati.

Spielberg's father, Arnold, lost many relatives in the Holocaust. While growing up in Cincinnati, Steven learned his numbers by reading the tattoos on the arms of local Holocaust survivors. At age 8, Spielberg used his father's movie camera to make his first film: his family cleaning fish on a camping trip.

He dropped out of college in California to become a TV show director, making his pro debut in 1969 on Rod Serling's Night Gallery. His film breakthrough was directing Jaws (1975). He went on to direct smash hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park.

Drawing on his heritage, Spielberg produced and directed 1993's Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award for best director and picture. He won the directing Oscar for Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Rebecca Goodman

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