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      William Wyler

      William Wyler

      Highest Rated: 100% The Big Country (1958)

      Lowest Rated: 63% The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)

      Birthday: Jul 1, 1902

      Birthplace: Mülhausen, Alsace, Germany

      Few film directors demonstrated the depth, range, longevity, and sensitivity that William Wyler served up on the American silver screen over his decades-long career. Having made a number of silent pictures in the 1920s, Wyler emerged in the talkie era as a director of respectable adaptations of plays and literary works like "These Three" (1936) and "Come and Get It" (1936). But it was his collaboration with actress Bette Davis - which was punctuated by an on-again, off-again romance - that elevated his career to the next level, starting with "Jezebel" (1938). He went on to earn Academy Award nominations for "Wuthering Heights" (1939), "The Letter" (1941) and "The Little Foxes" (1941), before winning his first Oscar for "Mrs. Miniver" (1942). Following a brief sojourn to Europe to film "The Memphis Belle" (1944) for the war effort, Wyler earned greater acclaim for with "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and "The Heiress" (1949) before embarking on a string of well-received genre films, covering film noir, Westerns and romantic comedy. He had his grandest achievement with "Ben-Hur" (1959), an epic in every sense of the word that earned 11 Academy Awards. Wyler wound down his career in the next decade, helming hits like "How to Steal a Million" (1966) and "Funny Girl" (1968) before calling it a career in 1970. When he did, Wyler had cemented his place as a legendary director whose greatness spanned decades.


      BEN-HUR, director William Wyler on set, 1959, benhur1959-fsct26, Photo by: (benhur1959-fsct26) BEN-HUR, director William Wyler on set, 1959 ROMAN HOLIDAY, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, driector William Wyler, 1953 THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES, director William Wyler, Lola Falana, on-set, 1970 JEZEBEL, director William Wyler, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis on set, 1938 BEN-HUR, director William Wyler, Haya Harareet on set, 1959 THE DESPERATE HOURS, from left: director/producer William Wyler, Robert Middleton, Fredric March, on the set, 1955 BEN-HUR, director William Wyler on set, 1959, benhur1959-fsct03, Photo by: (benhur1959-fsct03) FUNNY GIRL, from left: Omar Sharif, director William Wyler on the set, 1968 BEN-HUR, from left: director William Wyler, Charlton Heston having a good time on set, 1959, benhur1959-fsct25, Photo by: (benhur1959-fsct25) THE HEIRESS, Director & Producer William Wyler, 1949 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, from left: cinematographer Gregg Toland, director William Wyler, on set, 1946 byool1946-fsct03(byool1946-fsct03) THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES, director William Wyler on set, 1970 THE LETTER, director William Wyler on set, 1940 FUNNY GIRL, Barbra Streisand, William Wyler (director), 1968 THE HEIRESS, director William Wyler, Betty Linley, Ralph Richardson on set, 1949 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, director William Wyler, cinematographer Gregg Toland on set, 1946 BEN-HUR, director William Wyler (with camera) on set, 1959, benhur1959-fsct22, Photo by: (benhur1959-fsct22) Producer-director William Wyler (right), receiving congratulations from Gregory Peck after Wyler's film, FRIENDLY PERSUASION, won the Cannes Film Festival's Golden Palm Award for best picture of the year, 1956 THE CHILDREN'S HOUR, James Garner, director William Wyler, Shirley MacLaine, on-set, 1961



      63% 92% The Liberation of L.B. Jones Director - 1970
      94% 85% Funny Girl Director $223.3K 1968
      100% 88% How to Steal a Million Director - 1966
      82% 84% The Collector Director - 1965
      80% 84% The Children's Hour Director,
      - 1961
      85% 89% Ben-Hur Director - 1959
      100% 91% The Big Country Director,
      - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voice of the Big Country Director - 1958
      80% 82% Friendly Persuasion Director,
      - 1956
      88% 79% The Desperate Hours Director,
      - 1955
      96% 93% Roman Holiday Director,
      - 1953
      71% 58% Carrie Director,
      - 1952
      72% 71% Detective Story Director,
      - 1951
      100% 93% The Heiress Director,
      - 1949
      No Score Yet 45% Thunderbolt Director - 1946
      97% 93% The Best Years of Our Lives Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fighting Lady Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 81% The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress Director,
      - 1944
      93% 84% Mrs. Miniver Director,
      - 1942
      100% 87% The Little Foxes Director - 1941
      100% 82% The Letter Director - 1940
      100% 76% The Westerner Director - 1940
      96% 85% Wuthering Heights Director $593.9K 1939
      96% 82% Jezebel Director - 1938
      83% 77% Dead End Director - 1937
      91% 86% Dodsworth Director - 1936
      100% 76% These Three Director - 1936
      91% 69% Come and Get It Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 20% The Gay Deception Director - 1935
      88% 84% The Good Fairy Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Glamour Director - 1934
      100% 79% Counsellor-at-Law Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her First Mate Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A House Divided Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storm Director - 1930
      No Score Yet 33% Hell's Heroes Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shakedown Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Trap Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Riders Director - 1928


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Director 1956