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FilmCraft: Screenwriting by Tim Grierson

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LEGACY

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Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond

“‘I always collaborated with somebody,’ he said in the late 1990s after his career was over. ‘If you think that I am speaking lousy English now, you should have heard it then. I felt I had to have a collaborator [because of language].’”

Born in 1906, filmmaker Billy Wilder won six Oscars, along with an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, but his wonderful movies weren’t the product of his fruitful imagination alone. “I always collaborated with somebody,” he said in the late 1990s after his career was over. “If you think that I am speaking lousy English now, you should have heard it then. I felt I had to have ...

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