Academy retropsective, January 2000
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Billy Wilder

Academy retropsective, January 2000
In January 2000, Billy Wilder, left, and director Curtis Hanson attend a retrospective of Wilder’s work hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills. (AFP)
Christie’s auction, May 2000
In May 2000, Christie’s in Los Angeles auctions some of Billy Wilder’s Lichtenstein paintings. (KEN HIVELY / LAT)
Cameron Crowe and Billy Wilder
“He captured the times with the lack of bad sentimentality. . . . That’s what I love,” says Cameron Crowe, right, of filmmaker Billy Wilder, 93. (“Conversations With Wilder”)
Cameron Crowe, Billy Wilder, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon in 1999
Cameron Crowe, left, Billy Wilder, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon attend a Vanity Fair book party in October 1999. (Berliner Studio)
Louis Stern Fine Arts gallery, December 1999
In December 1999, the Louis Stern Fine Arts gallery in West Hollywood hosts an exhibit of photos from Billy Wilder’s films. (KEN HIVELY / LAT)
Autographing book, December 1999
Billy Wilder autographs a book in December 1999. (KEN HIVELY / LAT)
Billy Wilder in 1998’s “Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy”
Billy Wilder in the 1998 documentary “Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy.” (Everett Collection)
Billy Wilder in February 1997
Billy Wilder at his Beverly Hills office in February 1997. (CON KEYES / LAT)
Billy Wilder in March 1996
In March 1996, Billy Wilder, left, gets an animated description at the opening of “Hall of Mirrors: Art and Film Since 1945" at the Geffen Contemporary museum. (Lee Salem)
Billy Wilder at 72
Billy Wilder at 72. (AP)
Billy Wilder on “Sunset Boulevard” set
Filmmaker Billy Wilder on the set of his movie “Sunset Boulevard.” (Kobal Collection)
1960 Academy Awards
Billy Wilder poses with Gina Lollobrigida backstage at the 1960 Academy Awards. (AMPAS)
Billy Wilder dances with Jack Lemmon
Billy Wilder dances with Jack Lemmon on the set of the director’s comedy “Some Like It Hot.” (Kobal Collection)
Billy Wilder and Marilyn Monroe
Billy Wilder and Marilyn Monroe on the set of “The Seven Year Itch.” (Everett Collection)
Billy Wilder and family in Poland
Billy Wilder, standing on the table, with his family in Poland. (“Conversations with Wilder” )