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Steve Jobs: The Real Story Behind Jobs & His Daughter Lisa

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Was the father-daughter plotline in Steve Jobs for real or embellished for entertainment's sake?

Was the father-daughter plotline in Steve Jobs for real or embellished for entertainment's sake?
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Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the real star of the movie

According to AppleInsiderLisa Brennan-Jobs gave a rare interview in which she spoke about her life after her father's death, saying, "It wasn't until really he passed away that we all as kids and my mother realized how much he really had an effect on the family. And while he wasn't involved on a kind of day-to-day basis, when I think of who I am today and who my brothers and sisters are, so much of it is thanks to my father."

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When asked why she didn't pursue computer engineering like her father, she said Jobs urged his children to explore different fields and find what made them happy. But it's easy to see that a career in technology would be intimidating, considering he accomplished so much in his short life. "He encouraged us to follow our dreams. I had big shoes to fill if I wanted to go into science," Brennan-Jobs said.

Steve Jobs screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, said he discussed the movie with Lisa Brennan-Jobs before making it and calls her the "heroine of the film."

According to Business Insider, Sorkin also said, "At first I didn't know what I was looking for. Lisa didn't speak to Walter Isaacson when Walter was writing the book because her father was alive at the time. But she was willing to speak to me. She was able to tell stories about her father that weren’t necessarily flattering stories, but she would tell the story and then show me how you could see he really did love her."

Lisa Brennan-Jobs has three half-siblings, Reed, Erin and Eve, whose mother is Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. Lisa Brennan-Jobs is currently a freelance writer living in New York and has written for such publications as O, The Oprah Magazine and Vogue. You can also read Lisa Brennan-Jobs' blog. In the movie, Brennan-Jobs is played by actresses Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss and Perla Haney-Jardine at various ages.

But that still doesn't answer the question on everyone's mind: Was the portrayal of Steve Jobs' daughter in the movie really accurate? There are plenty of facts about Lisa in the movie that have been confirmed — like the paternity dispute and the initial denial that Jobs named the Apple Lisa after his daughter. And yet, like most on-screen adaptations, the Steve Jobs movie isn't 100 percent on point.

The scene of 5-year-old Lisa bonding with Jobs backstage by using MacPaint is reported to be pure fiction. And while we don't want to give away any spoilers, the big reconciliation between Jobs and Lisa at the end of the movie also leaves out the fact that Jobs had remarried and had three other kids. What's true is most of the good stuff, though some details may be shaky. Jobs and Lisa were in a much better place before he died in 2011, and their tumultuous relationship alone makes the movie worth watching.

For those who haven't seen the film just yet, here's the official trailer for Steve Jobs, released in 2015:

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