Robert Wise, who netted four Academy Awards as producer and director of West Side Story and The Sound of Music, died on Wednesday of heart failure. He was 91. All told, Wise was nominated for seven Oscars over his 50-plus year career, including one for editing his idol Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Other accolades bestowed upon Wise include the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, an Oscar for sustained achievement, and the Directors Guild's highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award.
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