Billy Wilder

wilder1June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002

Billy Wilder was regarded as one of the greatest, and certainly most versatile, screenwriters and film directors in Hollywood. Over the course of his career, he wrote and/or directed some of the industry’s biggest hits, including Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment, Double Indemnity, The Seven Year Itch, The Fortune Cookie, Irma La Douce, The Front Page and the perennial classic comedy, Some Like It Hot. He worked with a broad number of stars like Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, Fred MacMurray and Shirley MacLaine.  The Polish-born director was personally nominated for more than 20 Academy Awards – winning 7 times for both writing and directing – and his films spawned countless other nominations for the performances in them. Wilder’s career spanned 6 decades. He died at the age of 95 the same day as fellow comedy legends Milton Berle and Dudley Moore.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Photo credit: Mark Masek

Photo credit: Mark Masek1

Specific Location

Chapel Garden Estate; Directly to the East of the Chapel, there is a small garden with 6 family plots (3 on the North side, 3 on the South), Billy is buried in the third plot on the South side (next to Carroll O’Connor and 2 down from Jack Lemmon).

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1 – The last time I visited Westwood to take some pictures, there was a funeral reception going on right on the Chapel patio and I was unable to get a picture of Billy’s marker. Next time.

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3 Responses to “Billy Wilder”

  1. Michal Pietrzak Says:

    I would like to say that WIlder was polish by born. He was born in Sucha Beskidzka city which is situated near Cracow – 40 kilometers south.

  2. That’s a fair point. Thanks.

  3. Michal Pietrzak Says:

    T
    That’s kind of You. Greetings from Poland!!

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