William Wyler

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  • Birth Name: Willi Wyler
  • Birth Place: Mulhouse, Alsace, France
  • Died: July 27, 1981
  • Profession: Director, Producer
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  • Was studying violin in Paris in 1920 when he met his mother's cousin Carl Laemmle, the head of Universal Pictures, who hired him on the spot.
  • Quickly moved up through the ranks at Universal, from the mail room to the publicity department to assistant director on short films, and finally to features.
  • Was so displeased with the studio's insistence on a happy ending for Wuthering Heights (1939) that he chose not to direct the film's final shots.
  • Intermittent love affair with Bette Davis did not hinder their numerous successful film collaborations, including Jezebel (1938), The Letter (1940) and The Little Foxes (1941).
  • Helmed a number of documentaries while commissioned as a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
  • A novice production assistant on the 1925 film Ben-Hur, Wyler went on to win a Best Director Oscar for his 1959 version.
  • Received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 1976.

Awards

  • 1958, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1950, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film and British Film: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film and British Film: Winner
  • 1969, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Promoting International Understanding: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1965, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1957, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1961, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1959, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1956, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1951, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1953, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1968, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1946, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Melanie Ann Wyler — Daughter
  • Margaret Sullavan — Ex-wife
  • Bette Davis — Ex-significant Other
  • Catherine Wyler — Daughter
  • Judith Wyler — Daughter
  • David Wyler — Son
  • Robert Wyler — Brother
  • Margaret Tallichet — Wife

College

  • Paris Conservatory, Paris, France

Details

  • Birth Name: Willi Wyler
  • Birth Place: Mulhouse, Alsace, France
  • Died: July 27, 1981
  • Profession: Director, Producer

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