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Billy Wilder (1906–2002)


Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in ... See full bio »

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Won 6 Oscars. Another 55 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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 2012 Love, Marilyn (Documentary) (excerpts from letters)
 1995 Sabrina (earlier screenplay)
 1981 Buddy Buddy
 1978 Fedora (writer)
 1974 The Front Page (screenplay)
 1972 Avanti! (screenplay)
 1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)
 1966 The Fortune Cookie (written by)
 1965 Ates gibi kadin (story "Ball of Fire" - uncredited)
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid (screenplay)
 1963 Irma la Douce (writer)
 1961 One, Two, Three (screenplay)
 1960 Ocean's Eleven (uncredited)
 1960 The Apartment (written by)
 1959 Some Like It Hot (screenplay)
 1957 Witness for the Prosecution (screen play)
 1957 Love in the Afternoon (screenplay)
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis (screenplay)
 1955 The Seven Year Itch (screenplay)
 1954 Emil und die Detektive (earlier screenplay - as Billie Wilder)
 1954 Sabrina (written by)
 1953 Stalag 17 (written for the screen by)
 1951 Ace in the Hole (written by)
 1950 Sunset Blvd. (written by)
 1948 A Song Is Born (based on the story "From A to Z" by)
 1948 A Foreign Affair (screenplay)
 1948 The Emperor Waltz (written by)
 1947 The Bishop's Wife (uncredited)
 1945 The Lost Weekend (screen play)
 1944 Double Indemnity (screenplay)
 1943 Five Graves to Cairo (screenplay)
 1942 The Major and the Minor (written by)
 1941 Ball of Fire (from an original story by) / (screen play)
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn (written by)
 1940 Arise, My Love (screen play)
 1940 Rhythm on the River (story)
 1939 Ninotchka (screen play)
 1939 What a Life (screenplay)
 1939 Midnight (screen play)
 1938 That Certain Age (uncredited)
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (screenplay)
 1937 Champagne Waltz (story)
 1935 Emil and the Detectives (uncredited)
 1935 The Lottery Lover (screenplay)
 1935 Under Pressure (additional dialogue - uncredited)
 1934 Mauvaise graine (screenplay - as Billie Wilder)
 1934 Music in the Air (adaptation and screenplay)
 1934 One Exciting Adventure (story)
 1933 Adorable (story "Ihre Hoheit Befiehlt")
 1933 Was Frauen träumen (writer)
 1933 No Children Wanted (screenplay - as Billie Wilder)
 1933 Madame Wants No Children (adaptation)
 1932 Un peu d'amour (screenplay)
 1932 Where Is This Lady? (story "Es War Einmal Ein Walzer")
 1932 Un rêve blond (screenplay - as Billie Wilder)
 1931 Emil und die Detektive (screenplay - as Billie Wilder)
 1931 Seitensprünge (idea)
 1929 Hell of a Reporter (as Billie Wilder)
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Other Works:

Promises, Promises (1968). Musical comedy. Book by Neil Simon. Based on the film "The Apartment" by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. Music by Burt Bacharach. Lyrics by Hal David. Musical Director: Harold Wheeler. Dance arrangements by Harold Wheeler. Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick. Choreographed by Michael Bennett. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Biographical Movies | 14 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 21 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billie Wilder

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Today we spend 80% of the time making deals and 20% making pictures. See more »

Trivia:

Because of his rounded face and non-stop elfin energy, people often pictured him as short and wiry, but he was in fact near 6 feet tall (taller than his favorite star, Jack Lemmon). See more »

Trademark:

A few of his films feature scenes where characters play cards (Sunset Blvd. (1950), Stalag 17 (1953), The Apartment (1960)). Wilder himself was an avid bridge and poker player. See more »

Nickname:

The Viennese Pixie

Star Sign:

Cancer

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