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Birth information

22 June 1906 Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Sucha Beskidzka, Malopolskie, Poland]

Death information

27 March 2002 West Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Samuel Wilder

Nickname

The Viennese Pixie

How tall is Billy Wilder?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Audrey Young
Judith Frances Coppicus

Life Story of Billy Wilder

The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud. In 1926 he worked as an interpreter for jazz band leader Paul Whiteman on a European tour which ended in Berlin. There he became a freelance journalist mixing with the show business set and becoming friendly with Marlene Dietrich, a then small part actress. A fast and prolific writer he got introduced to prominent figures in the growing German film industry resulting in him being hired as a ghost writer writing scripts for established writers who didn't have time to meet their contractual obligations. His break came when he worked on 'People on Sunday', a modest film directed by Robert Siodmak, assistant cameraman Fred Zinneman and co-director Edgar Ulmer who would all later become prominent in the industry. When Hitler came to power Billy, a Jew, moved to Paris where he directed his first film,...

Significant features of Billy Wilder

His movies frequently started with narration
Films feature a sharp wit and characters who frequently try to change their identity.
A few of his films feature scenes where characters play cards (Sunset Blvd. (1950), Stalag 17 (1953),...

Publications and Magazines about Billy Wilder

Richard Armstrong Billy Wilder, American Film Realist. 2000
Kevin Lally Wilder Times: The Life of Billy Wilder. 1996
Jan-Christopher Horak The Films of Billy Wilder. 2003
Charlotte Chandler Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder, a Personal Biography. 2002
Robert Horton (ed.) Billy Wilder: Interviews. 2002
Karasek Hellmuth Billy Wilder: Eine Nahaufnahme. 1992
Maurice Zolotow Billy Wilder in Hollywood. 1987
Ed Sikov On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder. 1998
Cameron Crowe Conversations with Wilder. 1999
Gene D. Phillips Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder. 2010
Karen McNally, editor Billy Wilder, Movie-Maker: Critical Essays on the Films. 2011
Axel Madsen Billy Wilder. 1968
Sam Staggs Close-Up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream. 2002

Biographical movies about Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder 1970
Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht? 1992
Looking for Billy Wilder 2003
Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder 2003
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder 1986
Tras la pista de Billy Wilder 2003

What movies did Billy Wilder play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Fedora (1978) , Avanti! (1972) , The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) , The Fortune Cookie (1966) , Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) , Irma la Douce (1963) , One, Two, Three (1961) , The Apartment (1960) , Some Like It Hot (1959) , Love in the Afternoon (1957) , The Seven Year Itch (1955) , Sabrina (1954) , Stalag 17 (1953) , Ace in the Hole (1951) ,
Directors Filmography
Buddy Buddy (1981) , Fedora (1978) , The Front Page (1974) , Avanti! (1972) , The Private...

Birth information

22 June 1906 Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Sucha Beskidzka, Malopolskie, Poland]

Death information

27 March 2002 West Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Samuel Wilder

Nickname

The Viennese Pixie

How tall is Billy Wilder?

1.8 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Audrey Young
Judith Frances Coppicus

Life Story of Billy Wilder

The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud. In 1926 he worked as an interpreter for jazz band leader Paul Whiteman on a European tour which ended in Berlin. There he became a freelance journalist mixing with the show business set and becoming friendly with Marlene Dietrich, a then small part actress. A fast and prolific writer he got introduced to prominent figures in the growing German film industry resulting in him being hired as a ghost writer writing scripts for established writers who didn't have time to meet their contractual obligations. His break came when he worked on 'People on Sunday', a modest film directed by Robert Siodmak, assistant cameraman Fred Zinneman and co-director Edgar Ulmer who would all later become prominent in the industry. When Hitler came to power Billy, a Jew, moved to Paris where he directed his first film,...

Significant features of Billy Wilder

His movies frequently started with narration
Films feature a sharp wit and characters who frequently try to change their identity.
A few of his films feature scenes where characters play cards (Sunset Blvd. (1950), Stalag 17 (1953),...

Publications and Magazines about Billy Wilder

Richard Armstrong Billy Wilder, American Film Realist. 2000
Kevin Lally Wilder Times: The Life of Billy Wilder. 1996
Jan-Christopher Horak The Films of Billy Wilder. 2003
Charlotte Chandler Nobody's Perfect: Billy Wilder, a Personal Biography. 2002
Robert Horton (ed.) Billy Wilder: Interviews. 2002
Karasek Hellmuth Billy Wilder: Eine Nahaufnahme. 1992
Maurice Zolotow Billy Wilder in Hollywood. 1987
Ed Sikov On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder. 1998
Cameron Crowe Conversations with Wilder. 1999
Gene D. Phillips Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder. 2010
Karen McNally, editor Billy Wilder, Movie-Maker: Critical Essays on the Films. 2011
Axel Madsen Billy Wilder. 1968
Sam Staggs Close-Up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream. 2002

Biographical movies about Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder 1970
Billy Wilder, wie haben Sie's gemacht? 1992
Looking for Billy Wilder 2003
Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder 2003
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder 1986
Tras la pista de Billy Wilder 2003

What movies did Billy Wilder play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Fedora (1978) , Avanti! (1972) , The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) , The Fortune Cookie (1966) , Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) , Irma la Douce (1963) , One, Two, Three (1961) , The Apartment (1960) , Some Like It Hot (1959) , Love in the Afternoon (1957) , The Seven Year Itch (1955) , Sabrina (1954) , Stalag 17 (1953) , Ace in the Hole (1951) ,
Directors Filmography
Buddy Buddy (1981) , Fedora (1978) , The Front Page (1974) , Avanti! (1972) , The Private...

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Billy Wilder, Robert Garrison, and Eddie Polo in Der Teufelsreporter (1929)

Estranged brother of producer/director W. Lee Wilder, uncle of Myles Wilder.

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Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Gloria Swanson

Had a long-standing partnership with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, with whom he won an Oscar for The Apartment (1960).

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Marlene Dietrich and Billy Wilder in Eine auswärtige Affäre (1948)

He died on the same day as Dudley Moore and Milton Berle. He and Moore both died of pneumonia. Of the three, Wilder is the only one who never made a guest appearance in The Muppet Show (1976).

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Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

In his last years he became patron of the "Billy-Wilder-Institute" located in Germany, a film school founded to educate only producers and screenwriters. The school was closed after just two years because of the death of its founder and dean Lothar Rhode.

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Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1993 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.

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Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett

On the first page of every screenplay of his own he used to write "Cum Deo" (With God), a habit he said he had taken from Pauline Kael. "It's not harmful, anyway," Wilder explained, "and could corrupt that guy dwelling up there".

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Billy Wilder in Manche mögen's heiß (1959)

His directorial debut was The Major and the Minor (1942).

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Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Wilder in Das Appartement (1960)

Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

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Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Wilder in Das Appartement (1960)

Directed four of the American Film Institute's 100 Greatest Movies: Sunset Blvd. (1950) at #16, Some Like It Hot (1959) at #22, Double Indemnity (1944) at #29 and The Apartment (1960) at #80.

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Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Wilder in Das Appartement (1960)

He worked closely with two co-writers in his career: earlier in his career with Charles Brackett, an older man who frequently provided a strong argumentative counterpoint in the writing room and later with I.A.L. Diamond, who possessed a cynical, humorous world view more in line with Wilder's.

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Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder in Das Appartement (1960)

Honored on a US Postage Stamp in May 2012 (along with Frank Capra, John Ford, and John Huston).

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