On this day in 1906, a screen legend was born…paying tribute to one of the great auteurs of Classic Hollywood, Mr. Billy Wilder! (June 22, 1906 - March 27, 2002)
I supposed you could say he was a bit of a college boy. But he was highly professional. Worked like hell, never late, knew his lines. Had I said, “We’ll start the day with you standing on your head under that tree,” he’d say, “Oh, I see. Okay.” And he’d do it. If you asked some of the English actors to do much less, they’d start to argue. Trouble was, he was the biggest box office star in the world when he did Kwai. He was so good-looking and so accomplished that people kind of smiled – “Dear old Bill Holden, yes, very good” - and dismissed his talent. He had a huge talent and because it was apparently effortless, Bill never got the credit he deserved. - David Lean
I couldn’t agree more.