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

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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
dir. Wyler
Margaret Sullavan
Frank Morgan
dir. Wyler
Walter Huston

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