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I.A.L. Diamond (1920–1988)

I.A.L. Diamond was born on June 27, 1920 in Ungheni, Romania as Itek Domnici. He was a writer and producer, known for Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960) and Just Go with It (2011). He was married to Barbara Ann Bentley. He died on April 21, 1988 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Some Like It Hot
The Apartment
The Apartment Writer
Just Go with It
Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce Writer


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 2011 Just Go with It (screenplay "Cactus Flower")
 1981 Buddy Buddy
 1978 Fedora (screenplay by)
 1974 The Front Page (screenplay)
 1972 Avanti! (screenplay)
 1969 Cactus Flower (screenplay)
 1968 The 40th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special)
 1967 The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special (TV Special) ("Gallipacci" was based on an original sketch by)
 1966 The Fortune Cookie (written by)
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid (screenplay)
 1963 Irma la Douce (writer)
 1961 One, Two, Three (screenplay)
 1960 The Apartment (written by)
 1959 Some Like It Hot (screenplay)
 1958 Merry Andrew (screenplay)
 1957 Love in the Afternoon (screenplay)
 1952 Something for the Birds (uncredited)
 1952 Monkey Business (screenplay)
 1951 Love Nest (screenplay)
 1949 It's a Great Feeling (story)
 1949 The Girl from Jones Beach (writer)
 1948 Two Guys from Texas (screenplay)
 1948 Romance on the High Seas (additional dialogue)
 1946 Never Say Goodbye (screenplay)
 1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee (original screenplay)
 1944 Murder in the Blue Room (screenplay)
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Other Works:

Broadway - "Alive and Kicking". Sketches by Ray Golden, I.A.L. Diamond, Henry Morgan, Jerome Chodorov, Joseph Stein, Will Glickman and Michael Stuart. Directed by Robert H. Gordon. Winter Garden Theatre; 46 performances. See more »

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[interviewed in 1982]: I think we are dealing with an audience that is almost functionally illiterate, that has grown up on television and comic books. According to a survey I read, a kid of eighteen will have seen some 30,000 hours of television. He has seen 700 movies. There's no indication as to how many books he's read, but I'd guess about one-and-a-half. See more »


One story often told says I.A.L. stood for Interscholastic Algebra League because Diamond was a tri-state winner when he was in high school. Another says that he chose the three initials when the editors of the Columbia humor magazine, The Jester insisted he write under the name Ian because his Anglicized name 'Isidore' was too Jewish-sounding. Iz was always his nickname. Izzy was something he ... See more »


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