William Wyler

Oscar-winning motion picture director William Wyler

William Wyler was a leading Alsatian-born American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter who made his mark in Hollywood as one of film industry's icons. Notable works included Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Mrs. Miniver (1942), all of which won Wyler Academy Awards for Best Director, and also won Best Picture.
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Birthday
01 July 1902
Deceased
27 July 1981

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VLAFF offering a cinematic feast - North Shore News
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Other films shot in Durango include William Wyler's epic Ben-Hur (1959), Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Henry Hathaway's True Grit (1969 starring John Wayne) and the Coen Brothers' remake (2010), George Lucas' first Star Wars
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Timeless Reels: Classic Films on DVD | Collection Development, September 1, 2011 - Library Journal
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Dir: William Wyler. Warner Home Video, www.warnerbros.com. 1959. DVD ISBN 9780780673465. $20.97 ($15.64). Nominated for a total of 12 Oscars, it won 11—the most ever for a single movie until Titanic (1997) tied it. With the famous chariot race between
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Venice Film Festival Goes Back to the Future
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VENICE -- At least two of the top billings at the Venice Film Festival this year are calculated to scare the living daylights out of us: Abel Ferrara's in-competition ''4:44 Last Day on Earth'' and Steven Soderbergh's out-of-competition ''Contagion'' promise to give us a glimpse of the end-of-the-world lurking just around the corner. The major
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Anne Francis Movie Schedule: BRAINSTORM, IMPASSE, A LION IS IN THE STREETS - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: William Wyler. Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford. C-157 mins, Letterbox Format. 8:00 PM BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency. Dir: Richard Brooks
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Jack Lietzke dies at 78 - Variety
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He worked with such notables as Walt Disney, Jack Warner and William Wyler. After his retirement in 1998, he continued overseeing the operations of his motion picture rental company, Jack Lietzke Studio Rentals, in Sun Valley, Calif
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The Irish Times - Friday, August 26, 2011 - Irish Times
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You have to go back to Hollywood masters such as George Cukor and William Wyler to uncover a film-maker who has created so many fleshy, nuanced female characters. It is, therefore, not altogether surprising that Elena Anaya blew a fuse when the great
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The 100 Essential Directors Part 7: Kenji Mizoguchi to Satyajit Ray - PopMatters
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Influenced by William Wyler and Josef von Sternberg, his films offer fluid, lyric imagery while earnestly relating human hardships. Mizoguchi first gained renown in the 1930s for sensitively chronicling the lives of working-class women in films like
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Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights: do we need new film versions? - The Guardian
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William Wyler's 1939 Wuthering Heights now looks genteel, even insipid. Olivier's Heathcliff is a soppy lover, not a vulpine brute, and Merle Oberon's Cathy behaves petulantly when she ought to seem demented. Although a dusty Californian ranch stands
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Morning Call Sheet: Technology Killed the Drama Star, 'Cube,' Hitchcock Cameos ... - Big Hollywood
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Dir: William Wyler Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner. BW-108 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format Probably the best film ever produced about the destructive power of a lie. The climax is especially poignant thanks to William Wyler's
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The Great Hiroshima Cover-Up—And the Greatest Movie Never Made - Japan Focus
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In early September, 1945, less than a month after the two bombs fell, Lt. McGovern -- who as a member of Hollywood's famed First Motion Picture Unit shot some of the footage for William Wyler's "Memphis Belle" -- had become one of the first Americans
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10 Black & White Movies for People Who Won't Watch Black & White Movies - Huffington Post (blog)
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Thanks to William Wyler's expert, understated direction, each of the three characters that make up this remarkably sensitive, perceptive picture is subtly drawn, evoking the complex challenges that confronted returning veterans of all ranks
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Good Morning! - KWTX
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Movie director William Wyler ("Ben-Hur") died in Los Angeles at age 79. A judge in West Palm Beach, Fla., sentenced 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill to 28 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of teacher Barry Grunow at Lake Worth
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Mimi Leder Enlists For All Quiet On The Western Front Remake - Cinema Blend
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The theme was covered brilliantly back in William Wyler's 1946 drama The Best Years of Our Lives, though contemporary storytellers Kimberly Peirce, Neil Burger and Kathryn Bigelow have touched on the issue in their own films Stop-Loss, The Lucky Ones
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TOP 7 Heroic American Soldiers on Film - Scorecard Review
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Russell wasn'ta professional actor, he was an army veteran attending Boston University when William Wyler cast him in the film. Despite that, he won two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor and an honorary Oscar for “bringing hope and courage
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A Tragic Actress's Twilight, Burning, Not Dimming - New York Times
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Long overshadowed by William Wyler's 1940 remake starring Bette Davis, the first filming, from 1929, of W. Somerset Maugham's stage play “The Letter” has re-emerged, thanks to a new DVD edition from Warner Archive. As the only surviving sound film of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Wyler
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 78
    On July 24, 1981, Wyler gave an interview with his daughter, Catherine, for Directed by William Wyler, a PBS documentary about his life and career.
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  • 1968
    Age 65
    Barbra Streisand won 1968's Best Actress Oscar (as did Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter, in the only tie in Oscar history for this category) as entertainer Fanny Brice in Streisand's debut film, Funny Girl.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1959
    Age 56
    In 1959, Wyler directed Ben-Hur, which won 11 Oscars (a feat equalled only by Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003).
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    Charlton Heston won his only nomination and Best Actor Oscar for his work in Wyler's 1959 Ben-Hur.
  • FORTIES
  • 1949
    Age 46
    During the immediate postwar period, Wyler directed a handful of critically acclaimed and influential films. In 1949, he directed The Heiress, which earned Olivia de Havilland her second Oscar and garnered additional Oscars for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, and Best Music.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1938
    Age 35
    Wyler was briefly married to actress Margaret Sullivan (from November 25, 1934 – March 13, 1936) and married actress Margaret "Talli" Tallichet on October 23, 1938.
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    Bette Davis received three Oscar nominations for her screen work under Wyler, and won her second Oscar for her performance in Wyler's 1938 film Jezebel.
  • 1936
    Age 33
    Wyler received his first Oscar nomination for directing Dodsworth in 1936, starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor, "sparking a 20-year run of almost unbroken greatness."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1928
    Age 25
    He directed his first non-Western, the lost Anybody Here Seen Kelly?, in 1928.
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    In 1928, he became a naturalized United States citizen.
  • 1925
    Age 22
    He started as a third assistant director and by 1925 he became the youngest director on the Universal lot directing the westerns that Universal was famed for turning out.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1921
    Age 18
    In 1921, Wyler, while traveling as a Swiss citizen (his father's status automatically conferred Swiss citizenship to his sons), met Laemmle who hired him to work at Universal Studios in New York.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Born on July 1, 1902.
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