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Subject: ARCHIVE: June 27, 1920 ~It was a century ago, one of Hollywood's Oscar-winning screenwriter I.A.L. DIAMOND, whose collaborative screen efforts with partner Billy Wilder, produced memorable films like "The Fortune Cookie", "The Apartment", and "Some Like It Hot", where Diamond wrote his most memorable line in film history, "Nobody's Perfect", was born 100 years ago! ...
Early life ...
Diamond was born Ițec (Itzek) Domnici in Ungheni, Iaşi County, Bessarabia, Romania, present day Moldova, was referred to as "Iz" in Hollywood, and was known to quip that his initials stood for "Interscholastic Algebra League", a prize he had won while attending Boys' High School in Brooklyn. Diamond emigrated with his mother and sister, following his father to the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn in the United States at the age of 9. There he studied at the Boy's High School, showing ability in mathematics, competing in the state Mathematics Olympiads in 1936–37 and winning several medals therein.
Diamond completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia in 1941. There he studied journalism, publishing in the Columbia Daily Spectator under the pseudonym "I. A. L. Diamond". He was editor of the humor magazine Jester of Columbia, a member of the Philolexian Society, and became the only person to single-handedly write four consecutive productions of the annual revue, the Varsity Show as well as a spare should they need one. As a result, upon graduation he abandoned his plans to pursue his master's in engineering at Columbia and accepted a short-term contract in Hollywood.
Career and later life ...
A succession of limited-term contracts ensued, notably at Paramount Pictures, where Diamond worked on projects without ultimately receiving a writing credit. He then moved to Universal Pictures, where in 1944 he worked on his first credited feature script, Murder in the Blue Room. It was a year later, at Warner Brothers, that he achieved his first real success and consequent recognition with Never Say Goodbye in 1946. He worked at 20th Century Fox from 1951 to 1955, eventually deciding to become independent. His films are "Murder In The Blue Room" (1944), "Love In The Afternoon" (1957), "Some Like It Hot" (1959), "The Fortune Cookie" (1966), "The Apartment" (1960), "Cactus Flower" (1969), "Never Say Goodbye" (1946), "Two Guys From Milwaukee" (1946), "Always Together" (1947).
...In 1957 he began a collaborative relationship with Billy Wilder on the movie "Love in the Afternoon", with Audrey Hepburn and Gary Cooper. From there, the pair had a string of hits with Some Like It Hot; The Apartment (which won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay); One, Two, Three; Irma la Douce; the Oscar-nominated The Fortune Cookie; the sex comedy Kiss Me, Stupid; and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Diamond also had a hit with his 1969 solo adaptation of the play Cactus Flower into the movie of the same name. Later films included, "Merry Andrew" (1958), "Irma La Douce" (1963), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" (1970), "Avanti!" (1972), "The Front Page" (1974) and "Fedora" (1978).
Diamond & Wilder accept their Oscar for 'Best Writing' in 1960, for "The Apartment". ...
...In total, Diamond and Wilder wrote twelve movies together over 25 years. Some of these films feature characters engaged in never-ending but friendly squabbling, such as Joe and Jerry in Some Like it Hot and Holmes and Watson in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Diamond's widow claims that these characters were based on her husband's relationship with Wilder.
In 1980, Diamond and Wilder were given the Writers Guild of America's Laurel Award for career achievement in screenwriting.
Wilder had previously received the Laurel Award in 1957 for his screenwriting partnership with Charles Brackett. In 1986, a couple
years before his death, Diamond in a rare and final public appearance, helped honor Wilder his AFI Life Achievement Award. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOiaVctLX2s
Diamond died of multiple myeloma in Beverly Hills, California on April 21, 1988,
at the age of 67, and his cremated remains were scattered at sea. ...