Appreciating all that makes America special

Director: Billy Wilder

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If you’re an actor, you love it when you get to work with a director who brings out your best work. A director like Billy Wilder, who directed 14 different actors to Oscar performances.

Wilder was one of the first “hyphenates” in Hollywood. He was a screenwriter-director-producer. He broke into Hollywood as a writer with the Greta Garbo smash Ninotchka as his first big credit. He then began directing, and he was equally comfortable doing film noir, serious drama, and screwball comedy – as his list of credits proves:

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  • Double Indemnity (1944 – Nomination)
  • The Lost Weekend (1945 – Academy Award)
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950 – Nomination)
  • Stalag 17 (1953 – Nomination)
  • Sabrina (1954 – Nomination)
  • The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957 – Nomination)
  • Some Like it Hot (1959 – Nomination)
  • The Apartment (1960 – Academy Award)
  • Irma La Douce (1963)

That’s an impressive resume, don’t you think? Counting his writing credits, he received seven Oscars, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won the hearts of the Hollywood acting community – and the moviegoing public.

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