Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder

Born: 22 June 1906
Died: 27 March 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning director, screenwriter and producer Billy Wilder was born on this day in 1906.

He began his career as a screenwriter in Berlin in the 1920s but with the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party Wilder (who was Jewish) fled to Paris, where he made his directorial debut with Mauvaise Graine (1934).

Following this he moved to Hollywood where he established himself as a screenwriter and director. In a career that spanned over fifty years and included more than sixty films, Wilder received a total of 21 Academy Award nominations including:

 
He received the following Academy Awards:
 

 
With The Apartment Wilder became one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as director, producer and screenwriter for the same film.

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