Died Today (July 27th): William Wyler (1902–1981)

williamwyler.jpgWilliam Wyler (1902–1981)

Born: July 1, 1902 in Mülhausen, Alsace, Germany [now Mulhouse, Haut-Rhin, France]

Died: July 27, 1981 (age 79) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Margaret Tallichet (23 October 1938 – 27 July 1981) (his death) (5 children)

William Wyler – Born in France in 1902, Wyler emigrated to the US and began his career via family connections in cinema. He learned the directorial craft on low-budget silent pictures, his first success being one of the first ‘talkies’ – 1930’s Hell’s Heroes.

Over the next thirty years William received fourteen Oscar nominations, winning three (for ‘42’s Mrs. Miniver, ‘46’s The Best Years of Our Lives, and ‘59’s Ben-Hur).

Ben-Hur set a record win of eleven Oscars, (since tied by two other films). William Wyler died in 1981.

The Good Fairy
1935
dir. Wyler
starring
Margaret Sullavan
Frank Morgan
DodsworthDodsworth
1936
dir. Wyler
starring
Walter Huston
WUTHERING HEIGHTSWuthering Heights
1939
dir. Wyler
Starring
Laurence Olivier
Merle Oberon
RebeccaThe Letter
1940
dir. Wyler
Starring
Bette Davis
Herbert Marshall
THE LITTLE FOXESThe Little Foxes
1941
dir. William Wyler
Starring
Bette Davis
Teresa Wright
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVESThe Best Years of our Lives
1946
dir. William Wyler
Starring
Myrna Loy
Fredric Marsh
Dana Andrews
The HeiressThe Heiress
1949
dir. Wyler
starring
Olivia de Havilland
Montgomery Clift
ROMAN HOLIDAYRoman Holiday
1953
dir. Wyler
Cast
Gregory Peck
Audrey Hepburn
HOW TO STEAL A MILLIONHow to Steal a Million
1966
dir. Wyler
Starring
Audrey Hepburn
Peter O’Toole
Funny GirlFunny Girl
1968
dir. Wyler
starring
Barbra Streisand
Omar Sharif
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