Contents 1 Early life 2 Career and later life 3 Filmography 3.1 as Writer 3.2 as Associate Producer 4 Award and Nominations 4.1 Academy Awards 4.2 Golden Globe Awards 4.3 WGA Awards 5 References 6 External links


Early life[edit] Diamond was born Ițec (Itzek) Domnici in Ungheni, Iași County, Bessarabia, Romania,[1] 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,[1] showing ability in mathematics, competing in the state Mathematics Olympiads in 1936–37, winning several medals.[1] 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[edit] A succession of limited-term contracts ensued, notably at Paramount Pictures where he worked on projects without ultimately receiving a writing credit. He then moved to Universal, 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 1951–55, eventually deciding to become independent. In 1957 he began a collaborative relationship with Billy Wilder on the movie Love in the Afternoon. From there, the pair had a string of hits with Some Like It Hot; The Apartment (which won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay);[1] 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.[1] 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. Diamond died in Beverly Hills, California in 1988.[1]


Filmography[edit] as Writer[edit] Buddy Buddy (1981) Fedora (1978) The Front Page (1974) Avanti! (1972) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) Cactus Flower (1969) The Fortune Cookie (1966) Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) Irma la Douce (1963) One, Two, Three (1961) The Apartment (1960) Some Like It Hot (1959) (screenplay) Merry Andrew (1958) Love in the Afternoon (1957) That Certain Feeling (1956) Something for the Birds (1952) Monkey Business (1952) Let's Make It Legal (1951) Love Nest (1951) It's a Great Feeling (1949) (story) The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) Two Guys from Texas (1948) Romance on the High Seas (1948) (additional dialogue) Always Together (1948) Love and Learn (1947) Never Say Goodbye (1946) Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946) Murder in the Blue Room (1944) as Associate Producer[edit] Fedora (1978) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) The Fortune Cookie (1966) Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) Irma la Douce (1963) One, Two, Three (1961) The Apartment (1960) Some Like It Hot (1959)


Award and Nominations[edit] Academy Awards[edit] Shared with Billy Wilder Year Category Film Result 1959 Best Adapted Screenplay Some Like It Hot Nominated 1960 Best Original Screenplay The Apartment Won 1966 Best Original Screenplay The Fortune Cookie Nominated Golden Globe Awards[edit] Shared with Billy Wilder Year Category Film Result 1972 Best Screenplay Avanti! Nominated WGA Awards[edit] 1957: Love in the Afternoon – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1959: Some Like It Hot – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1960: The Apartment – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1961: One, Two, Three – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1963: Irma la Douce – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1966: The Fortune Cookie – American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1969: Cactus Flower – Adapted Screenplay (Comedy) 1970: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes – Original Screenplay (Comedy) (with Billy Wilder) 1972: Avanti! – Adapted Screenplay (Comedy) (with Billy Wilder) 1974: The Front Page – Adapted Screenplay (Comedy) (with Billy Wilder) 1980: Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement


References[edit] ^ a b c d e f g Bennetts, Leslie (April 22, 1988). "I. A. L. Diamond Is Dead at 67; Won Oscar for 'The Apartment'". The New York Times. 


External links[edit] I. A. L. Diamond on IMDb v t e Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay 1940–1960 Preston Sturges (1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles (1941) Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner Jr. (1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder (1950) Alan Jay Lerner (1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg (1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse (1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder (1960) 1961–1980 William Inge (1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks (1968) William Goldman (1969) Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward (1973) Robert Towne (1974) Frank Pierson (1975) Paddy Chayefsky (1976) Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich (1979) Bo Goldman (1980) 1981–2000 Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen (1986) John Patrick Shanley (1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri (1991) Neil Jordan (1992) Jane Campion (1993) Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary (1994) Christopher McQuarrie (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard (1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe (2000) 2001–present Julian Fellowes (2001) Pedro Almodóvar (2002) Sofia Coppola (2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman (2004) Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt (2006) Diablo Cody (2007) Dustin Lance Black (2008) Mark Boal (2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen (2011) Quentin Tarantino (2012) Spike Jonze (2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan (2016) Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 9897204 LCCN: n80070601 ISNI: 0000 0001 1037 7379 GND: 107711044 SUDOC: 030722497 BNF: cb12208138p (data) BIBSYS: 3114283 BNE: XX1044329 SNAC: w6n58mwk Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=I._A._L._Diamond&oldid=820194394" Categories: 1920 births1988 deathsBest Original Screenplay Academy Award winnersRomanian JewsRomanian emigrants to the United StatesAmerican male screenwritersJewish American writersColumbia University alumniPeople from Ungheni DistrictBoys High School (Brooklyn) alumniHidden categories: Use mdy dates from December 2013Pages to import images to WikidataArticles with hCardsWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with ISNI identifiersWikipedia articles with GND identifiersWikipedia articles with BNF identifiersWikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers


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