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Billy Wilder

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Billy Wilder

Austro-Hungarian born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalistadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1906.

Countries: United States (70%), (8%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Sunset Boulevard (film), William Holden, Jack Lemmon

Linked to: Jews, American Film Institute, Nazi Party, University of Vienna

 

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Billy Wilder was born in 1906 add something


1930

Karl Hartl - From 1930 he worked for Universum Film AG and gave his debut as director of "Ein Burschenlied aus Heidelberg" starring Hans Brausewetter and Willi Forst, with young Billy Wilder as a screenwriter


1933

After arriving in Hollywood in 1933, Wilder continued his career as a screenwriter. add something


1934

After the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder, a Jew, left for Paris , where he made his directorial debut with the 1934 film Mauvaise Graine. add something

 

He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1934. add something


1936

Charles Brackett - From 1936 until 1950, Brackett worked with Billy Wilder as his collaborator on thirteen movies, including the classics "Sunset Blvd


1938

For twelve years Wilder co-wrote many of his films with Brackett, from 1938 through 1950. add something

 

Franz Schulz - In 1938-39 he worked with Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett to create the Mitchell Leisen comedy film "Midnight"


1939

Wilder's first significant success was Ninotchka in 1939, a collaboration with fellow German immigrant Ernst Lubitsch. add something


1940

Richard Benedict - He appeared in dozens of television programs and movies from the 1940s to the 1960s, most notably "Ace in the Hole" , directed by Billy Wilder


1941

Doane Harrison - For twenty-five years, from 1941-1966, Harrison edited or produced all the films directed by Billy Wilder, who is now considered as one of the great 20th Century filmmakers


1942

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. add something

 

Elia Kazan - In 1942 he achieved his first notable success by directing a Pulitzer prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth, starring Montgomery Clift and Tallulah Bankhead.


1943

Miklos Rozsa - In 1943, Rózsa scored his first of several collaborations with director Billy Wilder starting with "Five Graves to Cairo", the same year that he scored the similarly themed Humphrey Bogart film "Sahara"


1944

Golden Globes: Wilder won five Golden Globes after the awards started in 1944: twice as the producer of Best Picture winners; twice as a director, and once as a screenwriter (Sabrina, but this award wasn't presented from 1955 to 1965, during Wilder's most successful years). add something

 

Tom Powers - Powers did not become a full-time movie actor until Billy Wilder invited him to play the murder victim in the 1944 film noir classic "Double Indemnity"

 

Phyllis Dietrichson - The Dietrichson character was so iniquitous that Stanwyck, director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role in the 1944 version, was reluctant to take it

 

Double Indemnity (film) - "'Double Indemnity"' is a 1944 American film noir, directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom


1945

Wilder was the Editors Supervisor in the 1945 US Army Signal Corps documentary/propaganda film Death Mills. add something

 

The Lost Weekend (film) - "'The Lost Weekend"' is a 1945 American drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman


1946

Ray Milland - The pinnacle of Milland's career and acknowledgment of his serious dramatic abilities came in 1946 when he won an Academy *award for Best Actor for his portrayal of an alcoholic in Billy Wilder's film "The Lost Weekend"


1948

In addition to the career awards, Wilder was nominated 15 times for WGA Screenplay awards, winning five times, despite the fact that the award was not offered until 1948. add something

 

D. M. Marshman, Jr. - In 1948, Marshman was recruited by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder to help write the screenplay of "Sunset Boulevard"

 

Pola Negri - In 1948, director Billy Wilder approached Negri to appear as Norma Desmond in the film "Sunset Boulevard" , after Mae Murray, Mae West, and Mary Pickford declined the role

 

A Foreign Affair - "'A Foreign Affair"' is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, and John Lund


1950

In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the dark and cynical and critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard, which paired rising star William Holden with Gloria Swanson. add something

 

William Holden - Beginning in 1950, his career took off when Billy Wilder tapped him to star as the down-at-the-heels screenwriter Joe Gillis, who is taken in by faded silent-screen star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, for which Holden earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination.

 

Marguerite Chapman - During the 1950s Chapman continued to perform mostly in secondary film roles, notably in Billy Wilder's 1955 hit "The Seven Year Itch"

 

Walter Hampden - He had a small, but notable role as the long-winded dinner speaker in the first scene of "All About Eve" , and played the father of Humphrey Bogart and William Holden in Billy Wilder's 1954 comedy "Sabrina"

 

Robert Emmett O'Connor - He played Jonesy in Billy Wilder's 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard"

 

Jack Webb - In "Dragnet's" early days, Webb continued to appear in movies, notably as the best friend of William Holden's character in the 1950 Billy Wilder film "Sunset Boulevard

 

Arthur P. Schmidt - In the 1950s, Schmidt edited five films directed by Billy Wilder, who has been called one of the great 20th Century filmmakers

 

James Stewart - Other notable performances by Stewart during this time include the critically acclaimed 1950 Delmer Daves western Broken Arrow, which featured Stewart as an ex-soldier and Indian agent making peace with the Apache; a troubled clown in the 1952 Best Picture The Greatest Show on Earth; and Stewart's role as Charles Lindbergh in Billy Wilder's 1957 film The Spirit of St. Louis.

 

Mae West - When casting the role of Norma Desmond for the 1950 film "Sunset Boulevard", Billy Wilder offered West, nearing 60, the role

 

Sunset Boulevard (film) - "'Sunset Boulevard"' is a 1950 American "film noir" directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett


1951

In 1951, Wilder followed Sunset Boulevard with Ace in the Hole, a tale of media exploitation of a caving accident. add something

 

Jan Sterling - Her best performance is often recognized as the "sluttish, opportunistic wife" opposite Kirk Douglas in Billy Wilder's 1951 "Ace in the Hole"


1952

Greed (film) - In 1952 at the Festival Mondial du Film et des Beaux Arts de Belgique, "Greed" was named the fifth greatest film ever made, with such directors as Luchino Visconti, Orson Welles and Billy Wilder voting for it


1953

Charles Lindbergh - Four years after its 1953 publication, Lindbergh's second book about his flying "partner" served as the basis for the namesake major Hollywood Cinemascope motion picture "The Spirit of St. Louis", directed by Billy Wilder and released on April 20, 1957, one month short of the 30th anniversary of the flight to Paris

 

Charlton Heston - In 1953, Heston was Billy Wilder's first choice to play Sefton in Stalag 17.


1954

The Seven Year Itch - "The Seven Year Itch" was filmed between September 1 and November 4, 1954, and was the only Billy Wilder film released by 20th Century Fox


1955

George Axelrod - The Broadway success of "The Seven Year Itch" led to the successful 1955 film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe

 

Michael Radford - This was an adaptation of Billy Wilder's 1955 film starring Marilyn Monroe


1956

Marilyn Monroe - Bill Kobrin, Fox's east coast correspondent, told the "Palm Springs Desert Sun" in 1956 that it was Billy Wilder's idea to turn the shoot into a media circus, and that the couple had a "yelling battle" in the theater lobby

 

Independent film - UA went public in 1956, and as the other mainstream studios fell into decline, UA prospered, adding relationships with the Mirisch brothers, Billy Wilder, Joseph_E._Levine and others


1957

Hotel Ritz Paris - In Billy Wilder's 1957 comedy "Love in the Afternoon", Hepburn initiates her romance with Gary Cooper in his suite in the hotel and much of the film is set there


1958

Some Like It Hot - "'Some Like It Hot"' is an American comedy film, made during 1958 and released during 1959, which was directed by Billy Wilder and featured Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft and Marilyn Monroe


1959

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. add something

 

George Raft - A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft is mostly known for his gangster roles in Billy Wilder's 1959 comedy "Some Like it Hot", the original "Scarface" , and "Each Dawn I Die" , and as a dancer in "Bolero" and a truck driver in "They Drive by Night"


1960

Paul Douglas (actor) - Film director Billy Wilder and his longtime co-writer I. A. L. Diamond had just offered him the role of Jeff Sheldrake in the 1960 movie "The Apartment" that went to Fred MacMurray instead

 

Leon Askin - In 1960, he appeared in the film "Pension Schöller", and the following year was prominently featured in Billy Wilder's film "One, Two, Three", co-starring with James Cagney

 

Arlene Francis - In the 1960s, Arlene Francis appeared as the wife of James Cagney in the comedy "One, Two, Three" , directed by Billy Wilder and filmed on location in Munich

 

The Apartment - "'The Apartment"' is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray


1961

Gayane (ballet) - The "Sabre Dance" features prominently in the 1961 film "One, Two, Three" directed by Billy Wilder and starring James Cagney, as well as in Woody Allen's "Scoop"

 

One, Two, Three - "'One, Two, Three"' is a 1961 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and written by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond


1962

Christopher Lee - Lee later played Holmes himself in 1962's "Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace", and returned to Holmes films with Billy Wilder's British-made "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" , in which he plays Sherlock's smarter brother, Mycroft


1963

Jack Sahakian - Being a hairdresser to the stars, such as Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, this led to small roles in a couple movies, Billy Wilder's "Irma la Douce" starring Jack Lemmon and MacLaine for United Artists and "Move Over, Darling" starring Doris Day and James Garner for 20th Century Fox, both released in 1963


1964

Peter Sellers - Director Billy Wilder hired Sellers to co-star with Dean Martin for the ribald 1964 comedy Kiss Me, Stupid, but six weeks into filming, Sellers suffered a heart attack.

 

United Artists - In 1964 UA released the controversial Billy Wilder American-made film "Kiss Me, Stupid" under the Lopert name

 

Peter Sellers - In the spring of 1964, at age 38, Sellers suffered a series of heart attacks while working on the set of Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, and he was replaced by Ray Walston.

 

Dean Martin - Martin played a satyric variation of his own womanizing persona as Vegas singer "Dino" in Billy Wilder's comedy "Kiss Me, Stupid" with Kim Novak, and he was not above poking fun at his image in films such as the "Matt Helm" spy spoofs of the 1960s, in which he was a co-producer


1966

Casino Royale (1967 film) - "Time" reported in 1966 that the script had been completely re-written by Billy Wilder, and by the time the film reached production almost nothing of Hecht's screenplay remained


1969

Cactus Flower (film) - Screenwriter I. A. L. Diamond was nominated for the 1969 Writers Guild of America *award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium, the only one of his ten screenplay nominations that was not for a screenplay that he co-wrote with Billy Wilder


1970

Miklos Rozsa - His popular film scores during the 1970s included his last two Billy Wilder collaborations "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" and "Fedora" , the Ray Harryhausen fantasy sequel "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" , the latter-day "film noir" "Last Embrace" starring Roy Scheider, and the time-travel fantasy film "Time After Time" for which Rózsa won a Science Fiction Film *award, saying in his televised acceptance speech that of all the film scores he had ever composed, it was the one he had worked on the hardest

 

Genevieve Page - In 1970, Billy Wilder cast her as the mysterious villain in his "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes"

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Lloyd Webber had toyed with the idea of writing a musical based on Billy Wilder's critically acclaimed movie, 'Sunset Boulevard', since the early 1970s when he saw the film, but the project didn't come to fruition until after the completion of 'Aspects of Love' when the composer finally managed to secure the rights from Paramount Pictures The composer worked with two collaborators, as he had done on 'Aspects of Love'; this time Christopher Hampton and Don Black shared equal credit for the book and lyrics


1971

Frances Sternhagen - She had character roles in the 1971 Paddy Chayefsky's classic "The Hospital", in "Two People" and in Billy Wilder's "Fedora"


1974

The Front Page (1974 film) - "'The Front Page"' is a 1974 American comedy-drama film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau


1978

Pola Negri - In 1978, Billy Wilder directed the film "Fedora"; although Negri does not appear in the film, the title character is based largely on her

 

Marthe Keller - She acted alongside William Holden in Billy Wilder's 1978 romantic drama "Fedora


1986

Wilder was recognized with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986. add something


1988

In 1988, Wilder was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. add something


1992

Volker Schlondorff - It was aired on German TV in 1992, and shown on TCM in the USA under the title " Billy Wilder Speaks" in 2006


1993

In 1993, Wilder was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. add something

 

In 1993, art dealer Louis Stern, a long time friend, helped organize an exhibition of Wilder’s work at his Beverly Hills, California gallery. add something

 

In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. add something


1995

Angie Dickinson - In 1995, Sydney Pollack cast her as the prospective mother-in-law of Greg Kinnear in the romantic comedy "Sabrina" starring Harrison Ford, a remake of the Billy Wilder classic


1996

Billy Bob Thornton - Sling Blade - Thornton put Wilder's advice to good use, and went on to write, direct and star in the independent film "Sling Blade", which was released in 1996


1997

Wilder's 12 Academy Award nominations for screenwriting were a record until 1997 when Woody Allen received a 13th nomination for Deconstructing Harry. add something


2000

Stanley Donen - With the deaths in the 2000s of Billy Wilder, George_Sidney, Elia Kazan, Robert Wise, and Jules Dassin, Stanley Donen became the last surviving notable film director of Hollywood's Golden Age


2002

Wilder died in 2002 of pneumonia at the age of 95 after battling health problems, including cancer, in Los Angeles, California and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles, California near Jack Lemmon. add something


2003

Paul Newman - In 2003, he appeared in a Broadway revival of Wilder's Our Town, receiving his first Tony Award nomination for his performance.


2004

C. Jay Cox - He mentioned in a 2004 interview that some of his idols are James L. Brooks, Sydney Pollack and Billy Wilder


2012

According to Trueba, Wilder called him the day after and told him: "Fernando, it's God." French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius thanked Billy Wilder in the 2012 Best Picture Oscar acceptance speech for "The Artist" by saying "I would like to thank the following three people, I would like to thank Billy Wilder, I would like to thank Billy Wilder, and I would like to thank Billy Wilder add something


2015

Coen Brothers - Only six other directors have won three Oscars for the same film, a distinction the duo shares with Billy Wilder, James_L._Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and later Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2015