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Date of Birth 27 June 1920Ungheni, Iasi, Romania
Date of Death 21 April 1988Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (multiple myeloma)
Birth NameItek Domnici
Nicknames Iz

Mini Bio (1)

I.A.L. Diamond was born on June 27, 1920 in Ungheni, Iasi, 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.

Spouse (1)

Barbara Ann Bentley (21 July 1945 - 21 April 1988) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (5)

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 was called by people who did not know him well.
Graduated from Columbia University in 1941. Signed as a junior writer at Paramount for $75 a week. His apprenticeship ended, when he joined Warner Brothers as full screenwriter (1946-49). Subsequently with 20th Century Fox (1951-52). Had his most productive spell at United Artists in collaboration with Billy Wilder, 1958-66 and 1970-72.
New York, Connecticut and New Jersey Mathematics Champion, in 1936 and 1937.
His family emigrated to the United States from Romania when he was 9 years old.
Father of Paul Diamond.

Personal Quotes (3)

[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.
The only other mathematician I know of who became a writer is Lewis Carroll. I guess he had a good ear for a joke.
[interviewed in 1981 about changes in the film industry]: The old group who started the business wanted to make pictures to get class. Today, these men all come from Harvard and already have class, so they're only interested in making enough money to serve cocaine to their guests.

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