The Info List - I. A. L. Diamond

I. A. L. Diamond (June 27, 1920 – April 21, 1988) was a comedy and drama writer in Hollywood from the 1940s through the 1980s. As Billy Wilder's second writing partner, after Charles Brackett, he wrote eleven screenplays with Wilder.[1]


1 Early life 2 Career and later life 3 Filmography

3.1 as Writer 3.2 as Associate Producer

4 Award and honors

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
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
20th Century Fox
from 1951–55, eventually deciding to become independent. In 1957 he began a collaborative relationship with Billy Wilder
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
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
Buddy Buddy
(1981) Fedora (1978) The Front Page (1974) Avanti!
(1972) The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
(1970) Cactus Flower (1969) The Fortune Cookie
The Fortune Cookie
(1966) Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me, Stupid
(1964) Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce
(1963) One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
(1961) The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960) Some Like It Hot
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
Let's Make It Legal
(1951) Love Nest
Love Nest
(1951) It's a Great Feeling
It's a Great Feeling
(1949) (story) The Girl from Jones Beach
The Girl from Jones Beach
(1949) Two Guys from Texas (1948) Romance on the High Seas
Romance on the High Seas
(1948) (additional dialogue) Always Together
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
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
(1970) The Fortune Cookie
The Fortune Cookie
(1966) Kiss Me, Stupid
Kiss Me, Stupid
(1964) Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce
(1963) One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
(1961) The Apartment
The Apartment
(1960) Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot

Award and honors[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
Some Like It Hot
– American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1960: The Apartment
The Apartment
– American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1961: One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
– American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1963: Irma la Douce
Irma la Douce
– American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1966: The Fortune Cookie
The Fortune Cookie
– American Comedy (with Billy Wilder) 1969: Cactus Flower – Adapted Screenplay (Comedy) 1970: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
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


^ 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

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Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay


Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
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
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
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
Billy Wilder


William Inge
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
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman


Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe


Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele

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