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Steve Jobs: The real story behind Jobs and his daughter Lisa

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This is the question about Steve Jobs' daughter that everyone's still trying to figure out

If you haven't seen the 2015 Steve Jobs movie yet — based on the book of the same name by Walter Isaacson and with a stellar Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86 percent — there's still plenty of time. A year later, and the media's continuing to buzz about the highly rated movie, which you can catch for free on HBO Go or rent on iTunes or Amazon Video. The biggest topic of interest? We're all still trying to figure out what really went on between Jobs and his daughter Lisa, and how much was exaggerated for the sake of the big screen.

This is the question about Steve Jobs' daughter that everyone's still trying to figure out
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Separating fact from fiction

It's common knowledge that movie and TV plotlines are normally, shall we say, embellished — even when based on a true story. This is exactly what got fans to talking after seeing the movie. We see Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa appear in multiple stages and ages throughout the movie, played by three different actresses as she grows up.

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And while the movie mainly focuses on Jobs' legacy and lifetime achievements, broken up into three different acts based on major product releases, critics say the interaction between Jobs and Lisa in the movie is actually a metaphor for his ego and his need to control everything around him.

Here's what we know about the real Lisa Brennan-Jobs: Born May 17, 1978, Lisa Nicole Brennan is the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' daughter from his high school love, Chrisann Brennan. Jobs wasn't present for Lisa's birth, but he came to visit a few days after she was born.

The name Lisa was then given to a new computer Jobs was working on, but he created the acronym "Local Integrated Software Architecture" to explain the name to customers. In a very strange act of parenting, he told Lisa he did not name the computer after her. According to Isaacson's book, Steve Jobs, years later Jobs said, "Obviously, it was named for my daughter."

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Strangely, though, perhaps terrified by the prospect of being a father, Jobs publicly denied being Lisa's dad, and a legal case followed. Even after a DNA paternity test established Jobs as Lisa's father, he made up a ridiculous argument that because the DNA test said he was 94.1 percent likely to be Lisa's father, 28 percent of the male population could also be Lisa's father. Years later, Jobs apologized for the cruel remarks.

Once paternity was legally declared, Jobs was forced to give Lisa's mom $385 per month in child support. He increased the amount to a mere $500 a month once he became a millionaire. As Lisa Brennan got older, she and her father reconciled, and she even lived with him during high school. She legally changed her name to Lisa Brennan-Jobs. Wanting to be a writer, Lisa attended Harvard University and graduated in 2000.

Next up: Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the real star of the movie

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