Billy Wilder


Billy Wilder Brief Biography

Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder (born Samuel Wilder; ; ; June 22, 1906March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than fifty years and sixty films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. With The Apartment, Wilder became the first person to win Academy Awards as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film.

Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of the Nazi Party, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He moved to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit when he co-wrote the screenplay for the screwball comedy Ninotchka. Wilder established his directorial reputation with Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir he co-wrote with crime novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend (1945), about alcoholism. In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard.

Billy Wilder News

• The Almanac for June 22, the 173rd day of 2017
• Irwin Winkler to receive Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Award
• Glenn Close returning to 'Sunset Boulevard' on Broadway this winter
• The Almanac for June 22, the 174th day of 2016

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