Steven Spielberg

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Cincinnati native Steven Spielberg is writing a screenplay which he'll direct loosely based on his childhood.

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Cincinnati native Steven Spielberg "opens up about his bittersweet childhood" in a feature-length HBO documentary simply called "Spielberg" premiering Oct. 7 on HBO.

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Steven Spielberg's mother Leah Adler, a Cincinnati native who gave birth to Steven here in 1946, died Tuesday in Los Angeles where she had operated The Milky Way restaurant. She was 97.

She was born Leah Frances Posner on Jan. 12, 1920, to Philip and Jennie Posner, and raised in Cincinnati during the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.

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Steven Allan Spielberg was born 69 years ago in Cincinnati to Arnold and Leah Spielberg, an Orthodox Jewish couple living in Avondale, on this date in TV Kiese history, Dec. 18, 1946.

Leah Posner Spielberg was a Walnut Hills High School graduate who studied piano at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, now part of UC.

Arnold, a Hughes High School graduate and World War II veteran, was studying electrical engineering at the University of Cincinnati and a co-op at the Crosley Corp.

In the 2007 TCM documentary called “Spielberg on Spielberg,” the Oscar-winning director-producer said he learned his numbers in Cincinnati from Holocaust survivors in the home of his grandmother, Jennie Posner.