Billy Wilder

Filmmaker Billy Wilder Full Name: Billy Wilder
Nationality: Austrian-born American

Profession: Filmmaker
Why Famous: Austrian-born Billy Wilder was one of the most successful filmmakers of Hollywood's Golden Age. Nominated for 21 Academy Awards, for directing, writing and producing, he won 6 Oscars.

Wilder began his career in Nazi Germany and moved to American in 1933, though many of his family did not survive the Holocaust. Wilder began in Hollywood as a screenwriter before moving to directing with "Double Indemnity" (1944) co-written with Raymond Chandler .

Many other successful films followed including "The Lost Weekend" (1945), Sunset Blvd (1950), "Some Like It Hot" (1959) and "The Apartment" (1960). For "The Apartment" he became the first person to win three Oscars for one film - Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay.

Born: June 22, 1906
Star Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sucha Beskidzka, Poland

Died: March 27, 2002 (aged 95)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1936-12-22 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (30) weds first wife Judith Coppicus
  • 1949-06-30 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Historical Events in the Life of Billy Wilder

  • 1944-04-24 "Double Indemnity" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released
  • 1945-11-16 "The Lost Weekend", based on Charles R. Jackson's novel, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman is released (Best Picture 1946)
  • 1960-06-15 "The Apartment" directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine premieres in New York (Best Picture 1961)

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