Conversations with Wilder

Release Date: November 2, 1999
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 400


  • The book includes over 650 Black and White Photos
  • After Jerry Maguire, Cameron spent more than a year conducting interviews with Billy. At the same time, he was working on the script for Almost Famous.
  • You can read an excerpt from the book here.
  • Billy Wilder, 95, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 in Los Angeles. Wilder is survived by his wife of 53 years, Audrey, and daughter Victoria. After his passing, Cameron said this about Billy’s movies, “are a world-wide language of love, intelligence and sparking wit. To any fan of film or any student of how a great life is lived, all roads lead to Billy Wilder.”
  • We’ve collected various quotes from Cameron about Billy here.
  • Check out Billy Wilder’s Biography & Filmography.
  • There’s also a great list of Wilder quotes (from Cameron’s book) available here.
  • Here’s pictures of the various releases of the book from around the world: