Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 30 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Billy Wilder conducted 1995 February 14, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilder discusses his early days in Austria, first interest in art, and his flight to the United States.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Billy Wilder, 1995 February 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was a filmmaker and art collector from Beverly Hills, California.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators. Funding for transcription provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001