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A talent for trouble : the life of Hollywood's most acclaimed director, William Wyler

Author: Jan Herman
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©1995.
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William Wyler was Laurence Olivier's mentor, the love of Bette Davis's life, John Huston's best friend, Audrey Hepburn's discoverer and Barbra Streisand's father figure - and much more. His major motion pictures were touchstones for an entire generation. He made thirty-two of them (and as many silents), including Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives,
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Genre/Form: [biographie]
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Herman, Jan, 1942-
Talent for trouble.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c1995
(OCoLC)604823980
Named Person: William Wyler; William Wyler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Herman
ISBN: 0399140123 9780399140129
OCLC Number: 32625202
Description: 517 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Jan Herman.

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William Wyler was Laurence Olivier's mentor, the love of Bette Davis's life, John Huston's best friend, Audrey Hepburn's discoverer and Barbra Streisand's father figure - and much more. His major motion pictures were touchstones for an entire generation. He made thirty-two of them (and as many silents), including Jezebel, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives, Roman Holiday, The Heiress, Ben-Hur and Funny Girl.

Wyler's pictures won thirty-eight Academy Awards in all, twice as many as any other director's. Their 127 Oscar nominations - half of them in best picture, director and acting categories - are not remotely approached by the closest competition. Wyler also guided more actors to Academy Awards than anyone - thirteen of thirty-five nominations. And he himself won three Oscars of twelve nominations, in addition to Hollywood's most prestigious prizes, the Irving G. Thalberg Award, the D. W. Griffith Award and the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award. A Talent for Trouble was written with the cooperation of the Wyler family, who provided access to William Wyler's previously undiscovered private papers. The book is based also on the author's extensive research and interviews with more than a hundred of Wyler's stars, professional associates and friends.

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