I. A. L. Diamond


Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
I.A.L. Diamond, Itec Domnici
Birth Place
Romania
Born
June 27, 1920
Died
April 21, 1988
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Immigrated to the USA (Brooklyn) at age 9, adding the decorative initials to his name some time later. Diamond moved to Hollywood in 1941, working on mostly unexceptional films before teaming up with Billy Wilder for "Love in the Afternoon" (1957). He became Wilder's co-writer of choice (taking the place of Charles Brackett), with the team turning out consistently incisive, outstanding c...

Family & Companions

Barbara Bentley
Wife
Studio junior writer. Married 1945 until Diamond's death.

Biography

Immigrated to the USA (Brooklyn) at age 9, adding the decorative initials to his name some time later. Diamond moved to Hollywood in 1941, working on mostly unexceptional films before teaming up with Billy Wilder for "Love in the Afternoon" (1957). He became Wilder's co-writer of choice (taking the place of Charles Brackett), with the team turning out consistently incisive, outstanding comedies through the director's last film, "Buddy, Buddy" (1981).

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Irma La Douce (1963) - Stomach Of Paris A portion of Louis Jourdan's opening narration from the Billy Wilder-I.A.L. Diamond script, introducing the Rue Casanova, Shirley MacLaine (title character) and her "Mec" Hippolyte (Bruce Yarnell), in Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Irma La Douce (1963) - Green Underwear Introduced by narration as an honest policeman, first scene for Nestor (Jack Lemmon), discovering the red-light district and it's leading citizen Shirley MacLaine (title character), in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Irma La Douce (1963) - He Can Take Care Of Himself New-on-the-beat Paris cop Nestor (Jack Lemmon) has herded all the girls into the paddy wagon, unaware of the police sanction for prostitution, only Shirley MacLaine (title character) showing any sympathy, in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Irma La Douce (1963) - Can I Take Your Stockings Off? Having bested her pimp in a comic fistfight, newly-fired ingenue policeman Nestor (Jack Lemmon) is invited by Shirley MacLaine (tite character) to her non-work Paris address, in Billy Wilder's Irma La Douce, 1963.
Monkey Business (1952) - Not Yet, Cary! Perhaps a bit creaky now but a neatly tied-in opening from director Howard Hawks, introducing Cary Grant as scientist Barnaby Fulton, Ginger Rogers as his wife Edwina, in Monkey Business, 1952, co-starring Marilyn Monroe.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - I'm Am Eligible Bachelor Too Nearly-divorced hotel exec Hugh (MacDonald Carey) with daughter Barbara (Bates) who hopes he’ll reconcile with her mom, visited by Marilyn Monroe (swim-suited in her first scene) then her husband Jerry (Robert Wagner), his employee, shooting on location at the Hotel Miramar, Santa Monica, in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - No Staying Power With daughter Barbara (Bates) and son-in-law Jerry (Robert Wagner) observing, almost-divorced Hugh (MacDonald Carey) has wife Miriam (Claudette Colbert) almost convinced he’s quit gambling when the phone rings, leaving a path for back-in-town ex-beau Victor (Zachary Scott), in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.
Let's Make It Legal (1951) - That Was Before We Were Married First scene for improbably handsome Robert (“R-J”) Wagner as Jerry, spouse of drowsy Barbara (Bates) who, we learn, is more comfortable than he about living with her mother (Claudette Colbert as Miriam), whose divorce is about to become official, and whose gardener (Jim Hayward) just tangled with her husband, early in Let’s Make It Legal, 1951.
Monkey Business (1952) - Next Nobel Prize Winner! Unaware that their test-chimp has fiddled with both their youth-restoring formula and the water cooler, scientist Barnaby (Cary Grant) and assistant Lenton (Henri Letondal) discover a breakthrough, in Howard Hawks' Monkey Business, 1952.
Two Guys From Texas (1948) - There's Music In The Land Opening for Warner Bros. the follow-up to Two Guys From Milwaukee (1946), also produced by Alex Gottlieb and directed by David Butler, real-life best-buddy Wisconsinites Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan as song and dance men about to be stranded, with a Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne original, greeted by Andrew Tombes, in Two Guys From Texas, 1948.
Two Guys From Texas (1948) - That's What The Dudes Want First shot of Dorothy Malone as Joan, Texas dude ranch proprietor, with aide Pete (Monte Blue) then joined by the stars Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson, as an un-booked night club act, who turn out to be old pals of employee Maggie (Penny Edwards), in Warner Bros. Two Guys From Texas, 1948.
Two Guys From Texas (1948) - Ever Watch That Guy Operate? Dennis Morgan as visiting Steve has just finished serenading dude ranch owner Joan (Dorothy Malone) and they retire to join roommates (Jack Carson as animal-phobic Danny, Penny Edwards as Maggie), for a clever bit directed by David Butler from the script by I.A.L Diamond and Allan Boretz for Warner Bros., in Two Guys From Texas, 1948.

Trailer

Girl from Jones Beach, The - (Original Trailer) A commercial artist (Ronald Reagan) discovers a real-life version of the perfect woman he's been drawing for years in The Girl From Jones Beach (1949).
Avanti! - (Original Trailer) A stuffy businessman (Jack Lemmon) discovers his father died having an affair, then meets his mistress' daughter in Billy Wilder's Avanti! (1972).
Always Together - (Original Trailer) A dying millionaire gives his fortune to a working girl, then recovers and tries to get it back in Always Together (1948).
Kiss Me, Stupid - (Original Trailer) A roadside waitress (Kim Novak) is set as bait for a barely disguised Dean Martin in Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid (1964).
Front Page, The (1974) - (Original Trailer) Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in Billy Wilder's version of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page (1974).
Two Guys From Texas - (Original Trailer) Two vaudevillians on the run from crooks try to pass themselves off as cowboys in Two Guys From Texas (1948) starring Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson.
Romance on the High Seas -- (Original Trailer) Singer Doris Day gets mixed up in a series of romantic problems during a Caribbean cruise in Romance on the High Seas (1948) featuring "It's Magic" and other songs by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn.
Merry Andrew - (Original Trailer) Danny Kaye is an archaeologist whose search for Roman treasure gets him mixed up with a circus troupe in Merry Andrew (1958).
Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The - (Original Trailer) Director Billy Wilder provides a pair of revealing adventures concerning the world's greatest consulting detective.
Fortune Cookie, The -- (Original Trailer) A crooked lawyer trumps up an insurance case for a cameraman injured at a pro football game in The Fortune Cookie (1966), directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Monkey Business (1952) - (Original Trailer) Cary Grant is a scientist whose search for the fountain of youth makes him and his wife regress to childhood in Monkey Business (1952).
Buddy, Buddy - (Original Trailer) A suicidal neurotic (Jack Lemmon) keeps getting between a hit man (Walter Matthau) and his job in Buddy, Buddy (1981).

Family

Paul Diamond
Son
Screenwriter.

Companions

Barbara Bentley
Wife
Studio junior writer. Married 1945 until Diamond's death.

Bibliography