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STEVEN SPIELBERG (Director/Producer) has directed, produced,
or executive produced seven of the twenty top-grossing films of
all time. Last summer, he enjoyed back-to-back hits with 'The
Lost World: Jurassic Park," which he directed, and "Men
in Black," which he executive produced.
In 1994, Spielberg won two Academy Awards®- one for Best Director
and another for Best Picture for his work as a producer- for the
internationally lauded "Schindler's List." The film
collected a total of seven Oscars® in addition to receiving
Best Picture honors from several of the major critics organizations,
and seven British Academy Awards, including two for Spielberg.
He also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and he was
honored by his peers with his second Directors Guild of America
(DGA) Award, the first having come for "The Color Purple."
Spielberg has also been recognized with Academy Award® nominations
for "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Raiders of the
Lost Ark" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for all of those
films, as well as "Empire of the Sun," "Jaws"
and, most recently, "Amistad." His total of eight DGA
nominations ties him with directors Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder
and Fred Zinnemann for the most career nominations. He is also
the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American
Film Institute and the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Award from
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Spielberg made his feature film directorial debut on "The
Sugarland Express," from a screenplay he co-wrote. His film
credits as director also include "Jurassic Park," "Hook,"
"Always," and the "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
sequels "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade."
He formed his own production company, Amblin Entertainment, in
1984. Under the Amblin banner, he has served as producer or executive
producer on more than a dozen films, including such successes
as "Gremlins," "Goonies," "Back to the
Future I, II, and III," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,"
"An American Tail," "The Land Before Time,"
"The Flintstones," "Casper," "Twister,"
"Men in Black," and this summer's "The Mask of
In 1994, Spielberg announced the formation of the new studio
DreamWorks SKG, in partnership with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David
Spielberg has also devoted his attention to many philanthropic
causes. His experience making "Schindler's List" led
him to establish the Righteous Persons Foundation with all his
profits from the film. He also founded Survivors of the Shoah
Visual History Foundation, which has recorded over 42,000 Holocaust
survivor testimonies. Most recently, Spielberg executive produced
"The Last Days," the Shoah Foundation's third documentary,
set for release in December 1998. Spielberg is also the chairman
of the Starbright Foundation, which combines the efforts of pediatric
health care, technology and entertainment to empower seriously
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