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Also Known As: Died: September 14, 2005
Born: September 10, 1914 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Winchester, Indiana, USA Profession: Director ...
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The library of the Directors Guild of America was named in honor of Wise in 1998.

Received the first Sidney P. Solow Memorial Award from the Technology Council (1992)

"In 1947, I had just finished editing a film called 'My Favorite Wife', when my boss asked if I knew Orson Welles. The studio had just given him a green light, and he needed an editor. I was aware of his remarkable record on the stage in New York and on radio but had never met him. To meet him, I visited a stage where he was shooting a test. We chatted for just a few minutes and I headed back to the editing department. My boss told me Orson had already called and wanted me to edit 'Citizen Kane'. It was an incredible experience.

"I've been asked many times if Orson looked over my shoulder and directed the editing. He never came into the editing room. I worked with him as I had with any other director. I would take notes on his comments when we ran dailies. There was a lot of give and take. There was a certain timing and rhythm he was after." --Robert Wise, from American Society of Cinematographers press material on the occasion of his receiving their Board of Governors Award

"On 'I Want to Live!' Susan Hayward wanted us to use a cameraman that she liked very much, someone who had made other pictures with her and had a knack for the glamorous look. Well, he had been last on my list for this particular drama, which was a gritty sort of crime story, the Barbara Graham murder trial piece.

"I had liked [Lionel] Curly Lindon's texture on a couple of films that he gave a documentary-like look to. So, I had a set-to with Susan Hayward and then a stand-off. Her agent finally got us to meet. And she said, 'So-and-so is free to do this,' and I said he won't be able to give us the documentary look we want. She finally decided to go along with us and won the Academy Award for best actress. But she sure watched the rushes." --Robert Wise in DAILY VARIETY, February 21, 1997

Inducted into the Producers Guild Hall of Fame in 1999

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