Wilder had invited me over when he heard through the Berlin grapevine that I was writing a biography of the artist he credited with welcoming him into Hollywood in the Thirties, Ernst Dryden (1887-1938), says Anthony Lipmann.
‘Let’s not talk over the phone,’ Wilder had said. ‘You come over to California and we can spend some time together – and I can show you around.’ He said I should stay at the Chateau Marmont Hotel and that he would collect me at 9am on the appointed day. He also said, ‘Please call me Billy.’ ...
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