By Tom Powers (128 Pages)Ages 12+ Publisher: Lerner, 2000
Steven Spielberg made his first movie at the age of thirteen. By the time he was twenty-one, Spielberg had landed a job at Universal Studios. His career took off with Jaws in 1977 and has icluded several blockbusters.
Despite his successes, critics wondered if Spielberg would ever "grow up" and direct "serious" film. In 1992 he put those fears to rest by making Schindler's List, a deeply affecting film about the Holocaust of Worl War II. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Picture, and Spielberg won for Best Director. In 1999, Spielberg took home another Oscar for Saving Private Ryan, a film offering a realistic portrayal of Worl War II. Spielberg has been honored frequently by the Directors Guild of America, including receiving the Directors Guild lifetime achivement award in 2000.