William Wyler

{{circa}} 1945 William Wyler (; born Willi Wyler (); July 1, 1902 – July 27, 1981) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Notable works include ''Ben-Hur'' (1959), ''The Best Years of Our Lives'' (1946), and ''Mrs. Miniver'' (1942), all of which won Academy Awards for Best Director, as well as Best Picture in their respective years, making him the only director of three Best Picture winners as of 2019. Wyler received his first Oscar nomination for directing ''Dodsworth'' in 1936, starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor, "sparking a 20-year run of almost unbroken greatness."

Film historian Ian Freer calls Wyler a "bona fide perfectionist", whose penchant for retakes and an attempt to hone every last nuance, "became the stuff of legend." His ability to direct a string of classic literary adaptations into huge box-office and critical successes made him one of "Hollywood's most bankable moviemakers" during the 1930s and 1940s and into the 60's. Through his talent for staging, editing, and camera movement, he turned dynamic theatrical spaces into cinematic ones.

He helped propel a number of actors to stardom, finding and directing Audrey Hepburn in her Hollywood debut film, ''Roman Holiday'' (1953), and directing Barbra Streisand in her debut film, ''Funny Girl'' (1968). Both of these performances won Academy Awards. He directed Olivia de Havilland to her second Oscar in ''The Heiress'' (1949) and Laurence Olivier in ''Wuthering Heights'' (1939), for his first Oscar nomination. Olivier credited Wyler with teaching him how to act for the screen. And Bette Davis, who received three Oscar nominations under his direction and won her second Oscar in ''Jezebel'' (1938), said Wyler made her a "far, far better actress" than she had ever been.

Other popular Wyler films include: ''Hell's Heroes'' (1929), ''Dodsworth'' (1936), ''The Westerner'' (1940), ''The Letter'' (1940), ''Friendly Persuasion'' (1956), ''The Big Country'' (1958), ''The Children's Hour'' (1961) and ''How to Steal a Million'' (1966). Provided by Wikipedia
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