Born July 1, 1902, in Alsace, Germany, Wyler came to the United States at age 18 to work for his cousin Carl Laemmle, the head of Universal Pictures. In 1936, he began a long collaboration with Samuel Goldwyn that would result in some of his finest films, including Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes and The Letter.
After serving in World War II, Wyler made what many believe to be his greatest film, The Best Years of Our Lives -- though even it couldn't match the record 11 Oscars his 1959 epic Ben-Hur received. Wyler died July 27, 1981.
Director William Wyler's classic musical tells the story of legendary Ziegfeld Follies comedienne Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand, in an Oscar-winning role), an unconventional beauty who grew up in the Jewish slums of New York dreaming of stardom. When Brice finally becomes the toast of Broadway, the resentful reaction of her husband (Omar Sharif) threatens to destroy their marriage. The film received eight Oscar nominations. Note: This version includes musical interludes.