Billy Wilder dies aged 95

Hollywood legend Billy Wilder has died at the age of 95.

Hollywood legend Billy Wilder has died at the age of 95.

The Austrian-born cynic's gifts for writing and directing led to such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot and Double Indemnity.

Wilder died on Wednesday night at his home, said George Schlatter, a producer and lifelong friend.

Schlatter said his friend of 40 years had been in failing health in recent months and he believed Wilder had been suffering from a bout with pneumonia.

As co-writer, director and producer of the 1960 film The Apartment, Wilder collected three Oscars, the only person to do so for one film.

Among his other classics were Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Stalag 17, The Lost Weekend, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like It Hot and Witness for the Prosecution.

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