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Biography: Billy Wilder

Called 'Billie' by his mother, a fan of William Cody, Wilder became a reporter for the yellow press when his father moved his family from rural Galicia to Vienna just before World War I.

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Biography: Franz Waxman

Franz Waxman led a variety of musical lives as composer, conductor and impresario.

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Biography: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold elevated the status of film music from incidental accompaniment to a new art form. A successful composer on the Continent and protégé of impresario Max Reinhardt before emigrating to the United States, Korngold was a child prodigy who began composing at age 13.

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Biography: Frederick Hollander

Frederick Hollander (a.k.a Friedrich Hollaender) was born to German parents in London on October 18, 1896. His father Victor was a widely acclaimed composer of revues, operettas and popular songs, still known today for his "Kirschen in Nachbars Garten" and "Schaukellied."

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Biography: Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre acted on various stages in Breslau, Zurich and Vienna before coming to Berlin in 1929 when Bertolt Brecht invited him to play the role of Fabian in his production of Marieluise Fleißer's Pioniere in Ingolstadt.

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Biography: Erich Pommer

A genius producer and businessman on both sides of the Atlantic, Erich Pommer is the driving force of fifty years of German film history.

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Biography: Ernst Lubitsch

One of the great geniuses of comedy in the cinema, Ernst Lubitsch was the most successful of the many émigrés and exiles in his transition from Weimar Germany to Hollywood.

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Biography: Robert Siodmak

Robert Siodmak's directorial debut was the famous Berlin film Menschen am Sonntag (1930), which establishes him as serious filmmaker.

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Biography: Curt Siodmak

The younger brother of director Robert Siodmak, Curt Siodmak earned a PhD in mathematics before turning to writing novels.

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Biography: Fred Zinnemann

Trained as both a violinist and a lawyer, Zinnemann moved to America in 1937 after working on Menschen am Sonntag (1929), in Germany and The Wave (1934) in Mexico.

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