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December 18, 2020

20 Amazing Photographs of Steven Spielberg When He Was Young in the 1970s

Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946, to Arnold Spielberg and his wife Leah. The couple would divorce amicably in 1965, but not before welcoming three sisters to the family and relocating from New Jersey to Arizona. Inspired by his father’s military past Arnold had served as a radio man on B-52 bombers Steven shot his first WWII film before the age of 16. After an inspiring trip to Los Angeles, he returned home and finished his first feature-length film, Firelight. His dad rented out the local cinema for one night to screen the film, with Steven’s sisters selling refreshments.

After suffering two rejections from the University of Southern California’s film department, Steven enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, but left before finishing his degree to pursue a filmmaking career. Aged 21, he became the youngest director to sign a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio, though few predicted the impact he would have on the film industry.

The legendary director’s first theatrical release, Sugarland Express, dazzled critics. Jaws the original summer blockbuster was next, becoming the first film ever to gross more than $100 million. An endless stream of hits followed, including Close Encounters of a Third Kind, for which he received his first Oscar nomination, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., The Color Purple, and Jurassic Park.

Spielberg is the most commercially successful director of all time. He has won numerous awards besides his three Academy Awards. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1986, the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and the French Legion of Honor. In 2005, Spielberg was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Here, below are some of amazing vintage photographs of a young Steven Spielberg in the 1970s:


  1. I think they missed "Duel". It was in one of the mentioned pics above.

  2. It's shameful you completely emitted his most accomplished movie "Schindler's List" from his list of accomplishments. I guess it wasn't commercial enough for you?




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