Billy Wilder

Austrian-born, Jewish-American journalist, screenwriter, film director, and producer Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder was an Austro-Hungarian born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people who have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film. Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin.
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22 June 1906

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Movie spotlight: The films of Billy Wilder - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Friday-Sunday: The US Postal Service is honoring the late Billy Wilder with a new stamp this week, but we've got a better way to express our admiration for the legendary director. Two of Wilder's best films are showing on local screens this weekend;
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'Great Film Directors' stamp series rounded out with Billy Wilder stamp - TheCelebrityCafe.com
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Today, they announced that Billy Wilder will be the fourth director in the series. The Associated Press reports that the stamp will feature a drawn portrait of Wilder, accompanied by a scene from his classic 1959 comedy, Some Like It Hot with Marilyn ... - -
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Post office unveils movie stamps - Toronto Sun
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The legendary filmmakers in question include John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston and, just unveiled this week, Billy Wilder, accompanied by an artist's rendering of iconic images from their movies The Searchers, It Happened One Night,
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Postage guaranteed (III & IV) - Boston Globe (blog)
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Having unveiled J ohn Ford and Frank Capra as the first two selections in its four-man Great Film Directors series, the US Postal Service has rounded out the quartet with Billy Wilder and John Huston. The Wilder stamp features Marilyn Monroe in the
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5 Things to Know in Murrieta Today: July 10 - Patch.com
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In this 1950s film directed by Billy Wilder, a hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. The show starts at 6:30 pm Admission begins at $8.50. 5.) Intensity All Star Gym hosts "Community
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Frolicking in Berlin and Outer Space - New York Times
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“People on Sunday,” a Weimar-era silent using nonactors, had contributions by artists like Billy Wilder and Fred Zinneman. By DAVE KEHR Sybil Danning in “Battle Beyond the Stars,” which had James Cameron and John Sayles in its credits
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5 Funniest Workplace Comedies - ABC News
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Choosing them was a dirty job but someone's gotta do it: — "The Apartment" (1960): My favorite Billy Wilder movie, it won five Oscars including best picture and best director. Sure, it's tinged with melancholy and longing, but the prevailing satire
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Around Town: Ian Birnie's swan song at LACMA and more - Los Angeles Times
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UCLA Film & Television Archive celebrates Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West beginning Friday at the Billy Wilder Theatre. The festival kicks off with 1947's "Pursued" directed by Raoul Walsh and 1948's "Blood on the Moon," directed by Robert
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Daughter attends 'Hot' screening - Tbo.com
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The 1959 movie, directed by Billy Wilder, stars Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. In the movie, Curtis — who famously imitates Cary Grant's accent — and Lemmon play jazz musicians who dress up as women to escape retribution after witnessing a
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Blu Room: SOME LIKE IT HOT Blu-Ray - Latino Review
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Few films stand the test of time or even remain as humorous as Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot. The American Film Institute, named even Wilder's wise-cracking, gender-bending farce as the number one comedy
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Marilyn's windy night on Lex - New York Post
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Mention Marilyn Monroe and the first thing that comes to mind is her skirt billow ing over her head as she stands over a subway grating in Billy Wilder's "The Seven Year Itch" (1955). If you have an itch to see that delightful comedy, it will screen
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Billy Wilder's Hall of Mirrors - Legacy.com
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Legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder was born on this day in 1906. In commemoration, we take a look at the many real-life inspirations behind his greatest film, 1950's Sunset Boulevard. Part film noir, part horror movie, part self-reflexive critique of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Wilder
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 95
    Wilder died in 2002 of pneumonia at the age of 95 after battling health problems, including cancer, in Los Angeles and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles near Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
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  • 2000
    Age 93
    But its critical reputation grew prodigiously; in 2000, the American Film Institute selected it as the best American comedy ever made.
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  • 1997
    Age 90
    Wilder's 12 Academy Award nominations for screenwriting were a record until 1997 when Woody Allen received a 13th nomination for Deconstructing Harry.
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  • 1993
    Age 86
    Spanish filmmaker Fernando Trueba said in his acceptance speech for the 1993 Best Non-English Speaking Film Oscar: "I would like to believe in God in order to thank him.
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    In 1993, art dealer Louis Stern, a longtime friend, helped organize an exhibition of Wilder's work at his Beverly Hills gallery.
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    In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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  • 1988
    Age 81
    In 1988, Wilder was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
  • 1986
    Age 79
    Wilder was recognized with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986.
  • 1970
    Age 63
    His 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was intended as a major roadshow release, but was heavily cut by the studio and has never been fully restored.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 53
    After winning three Academy Awards for 1960's The Apartment (for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay), Wilder's career slowed.
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  • 1959
    Age 52
    In 1959, United Artists released Wilder's Prohibition-era farce Some Like It Hot without a Production Code seal of approval, withheld due to the film's unabashed sexual comedy, including a central cross-dressing theme.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 44
    In 1951, Wilder followed Sunset Blvd. with Ace in the Hole (a.k.a.
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  • 1950
    Age 43
    In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the dark and cynical Sunset Blvd., which paired rising star William Holden with Gloria Swanson.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 35
    He followed Ninotchka with a series of box office hits in 1942, including his Hold Back the Dawn and Ball of Fire, as well as his directorial feature debut, The Major and the Minor.
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  • 1938
    Age 31
    For twelve years Wilder co-wrote many of his films with Brackett, from 1938 through 1950.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 29
    Wilder married Judith Coppicus on December 22, 1936. The couple had twins, Victoria and Vincent (born 1939), but Vincent died shortly after birth. They divorced in 1946.
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  • 1934
    Age 27
    He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1934.
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    After the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder, Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut with the 1934 film Mauvaise Graine.
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  • 1933
    Age 26
    After arriving in Hollywood in 1933, Wilder continued his career as a screenwriter.
  • 1931
    Age 24
    He wrote the screenplay for the 1931 film adaptation of a novel by Erich Kästner, Emil and the Detectives.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1906.
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