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1902 - 1981
The director William Wyler belongs to the most successful film workers of Hollywood whose creativity produced some of the most beautiful movies.
He was born in Mulhouse, France and he studied music in Paris and entrepreneurship in Switzerland. His uncle was the famous filmproducer Carl Laemmle who brought him to the USA in the 20's. In the first place William Wyler worked there as publicist and director assistant before he became the youngest director ever who got a contract at Universal. He directed movies like "Crook Buster" (25), "The Fire Barrier" (26), "The Pinnacle Rider" (26), "The Stolen Ranch" (26), "The Silent Partner" (27), "Hard Fists" (27), "The Lone Star" (27), "Desert Dust" (27) and "Hell's Heroes" (29). A lot of these movies were western.
He soon convinced his surrounding with his works and that he not only had a right for his existence in the film business because of his relational connection to Laemmle but especially because of his skill.
At the beginning of the 30's he became one of the most important directors
at Universal and shot "Tom Brown of Culver" (32), "Counsellor at Law" (33)
and "The Good Fairy" (35).
During World War II he served as a major for the US Army Air Corps and
realised some documentaries like "The Memphis Belle" (44) and the oscar-winning
documentary "The Fighting Lady" (44).
William Wyler often came to the fore as a producer of his movies. For "The Heiress" (49) he was nominated for two Oscar, for the best director as well as for the best picture. For "Detective Story" (51) he nominated for the best director and for the movies "Roman Holiday" (53) and "Friendly Persuasion" (56) he was both nominated for the best director and the best picture.
He experienced a last height with his movies. After "The Big Country" (58) he directed the epos "Ben-Hur" (59) and with it he created one of the most successful movies of all time. He won his third and last Oscar for "Ben Hur" as best director.
In the 60's followed only few movies - "The Children's Hour" (61), "The Collector" (65), for which he was nominated for the best director for the last time, "How to Steal a Million" (66) and "Funny Girl" (68). With "The Liberation of L.B. Jones" (70) he said goodbye to the film business.
William Wyler was notorious for endless repetitions of single takings and that he didn't communicate clearly what he really wanted. But the result speaks for itself. Altogether ten of his movies were nominated for the best picture and three dozen actors got an Oscar award or were nominated for it.
William Wyler was married in first marriage with actress Margaret Sullavan.
He got the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1966.
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