Woody Allen is one of the most famous screenwriters and directors alive today, but most people don’t know that everything he has written in the past 50 years has been typed out on the same typewriter! Born in 1935, Allen began as a comedy writer in the 1950’s.
In the 60s he became a very successful stand-up comedian; in fact, he's ranked as one of the greatest of all time, and then began directing. Some of his most famous films are Annie Hall, Manhattan, Midnight in Paris, and The Purple Rose of Cairo. So why did he write all of these legendary works on the same typewriter? Allen claims he’s always used an Olympia portable SM-3 typewriter from the late 50’s because he just likes it.
He’s produced successful works on it and appears to be continuing his success and sees no need to change. All a good writer needs is a pen and paper, and as long as Allen continues to write, there’s little evidence that he’ll ever change!