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Still of Billy Wilder in Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder (1982)Directors George Stevens and Billy WilderBilly Wilder with his three Oscars for writing, directing and producing Best Picture winner (Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder in The Apartment (1960)Shirley MacLaine and Billy Wilder in The Apartment (1960)Billy Wilder circa 1955Billy Wilder, director, on the set of Billy WilderArnold Schwarzenegger and Billy WilderBilly WilderBilly WilderBilly WilderTony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Billy WilderDirectors Group Party, 11/20/72 (Front) Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rouben Mamoulin (Back) Robert Mulligan, Wiliam Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Serge Silverman.Directors Group Party, 11/20/72 (Front) Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rouben Mamoulin (Back) Robert Mulligan, Wiliam Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Serge Silverman.Directors Group Party at host George Cukor's Home, George Stevens, John Ford, Billy WilderDirectors Group Party, Luis Bunuel and Billy WilderDirectors Group Party, Luis Bunuel and Billy WilderDirectors Group, Nov. 1972. George Cukor Hosts a party for Luis Bunuel. Back Row from left: Robert Mulligan, William Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Serge Silverman. Front Row from left: Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rouben Mamoulin.Directors Group, Nov.1972. George Cukor Hosts a party for Luis Bunuel. Back Row from left: Robert Mulligan, William Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Serge Silverman. Front Row from left: Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rouben Mamoulin.Directors Group, Nov. 1972. George Cukor Hosts a party for Luis Bunuel. Back Row from left: Robert Mulligan, William Wyler, George Cukor, Robert Wise, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Serge Silverman. Front Row from left: Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, and Rouben Mamoulin.Billy Wilder, c. 1970Billy Wilder, c. 1967
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Biography

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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