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William Klein was born on April 19, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (1969), Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966) and The Model Couple (1977). See full bio »

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Known For

The Model Couple
The Model Couple Director
Mr. Freedom
Mr. Freedom Director


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 1999 Messiah (Documentary)
 1998 In and Out of Fashion (Documentary)
 1992 Babilée '91 (Documentary)
 1989 Contacts (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- William Klein (1989)
 1984 Mode in France (Documentary)
 1984 Slow Motion (Short)
 1983 Contacts (Short)
 1982 The French (Documentary)
 1980 The Little Richard Story (Documentary)
 1978 Grands soirs & petits matins (Documentary)
 1970 Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther (Documentary)
 1969 Mr. Freedom
 1969 Festival panafricain d'Alger (Documentary)
 1967 Far from Vietnam (Documentary)
 1964 Cassius le grand (Documentary short)
 1958 Broadway by Light (Short)
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Other Works:

Directed TV commercials for DIM (1971 and after).

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Alternate Names:

Bill Klein | William R. Klein

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Personal Quote:

[on Mr. Freedom (1969)] I wanted the film to be seen, to be popular. I would have liked Marlon Brando to play Mister Freedom, or someone like that - Lee Marvin, maybe. And for the girl I wanted a pop singer. But Delphine Seyrig was sitting right there where you are and she saw the scenario and said, "What's this?" I explained and she said, "I can do it!" I said, "What do you mean? You're going to... See more »


William Klein first came to Paris as a G.I. on July 13, 1947. It didn't take long for him to pick up "the most beautiful girl in Paris" and, half a century later, they are still married. See more »

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