from Writer's Almanac:
It's the birthday of director and screenwriter Woody Allen, born in Brooklyn (1935). His parents wanted him to become a doctor or a dentist. Woody Allen said, "I loathed every day and regret every day I spent in school." And sure enough, he would come home from school each day, go into his bedroom, and shut the door. He did magic tricks, he played clarinet, he watched films. And eventually, he started submitting jokes to gossip columnists. He went to NYU, but he was expelled because he never went to class.
He made some movies, but when he was 40, he felt like a failure. So he decided to try a new kind of film, which he called Anhedonia. It was several hours long, and it had almost no plot. He ended up cutting out almost everything except scenes with Diane Keaton, who played the love interest. So he named the movie after her character, Annie Hall (1977), and it won Academy Awards for best picture, best director, and best actress. Woody Allen said, "It's not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens."