Knowledge Identifier: +Billy_Wilder
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1906.
Countries: United States (70%), (8%), United Kingdom (5%)
Linked to: Jews, American Film Institute, Nazi Party, University of Vienna
After arriving in Hollywood in 1933, Wilder continued his career as a screenwriter.
Charles Brackett - From 1936 until 1950, Brackett worked with Billy Wilder as his collaborator on thirteen movies, including the classics "Sunset Blvd
Wilder's first significant success was Ninotchka in 1939, a collaboration with fellow German immigrant Ernst Lubitsch.
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
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
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.
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
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"
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"
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
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"
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
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
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
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.
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"
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Frances Sternhagen - She had character roles in the 1971 Paddy Chayefsky's classic "The Hospital", in "Two People" and in Billy Wilder's "Fedora"
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
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
In 1993, Wilder was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.
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