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William Wyler

Film Director William Wyler

Profession: Film Director

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Legendary Hollywood film director of such classics as "Ben-Hur" (1959) with Charlton Heston and "Mrs Miniver" (1942) in a long career that spanned 45 years.

He is the Academy Awards most nominated director, earning twelve nominations and winning three for "Mrs Miniver", "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and "Ben-Hur" and all of which also won Best Picture.

Known for his discovery of new stars Wyler was instrumental in creating the film careers of Audrey Hepburn, In "Roman Holiday (1954), and Barbra Streisand in "Funny Girl" (1969).

Born: July 1, 1902
Birthplace: Mülhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: July 27, 1981 (aged 79)

Historical Events

  • 1938-03-10 "Jezebel" film premieres directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, from the play by Owen Davis
  • 1939-03-24 "Wuthering Heights" film based on the Emily Brontë novel, directed by William Wyler and starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1942-06-04 "Mrs Miniver" based on the novel by Jan Struther, directed by William Wyler and starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is released in the US (Best Picture 1943)
  • 1946-11-21 "The Best Years of Our Lives", film directed by William Wyler, based on MacKinlay Kantor's novella Glory for Me, starring Myrna Loy and Fredric March, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1947)
  • 1957-05-17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1959-11-18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Academy Awards Best Picture 1960)
  • 1968-09-18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif

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