Stamp for 'Some Like It Hot' director Billy Wilder‎

August 24th, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service said Monday it would issue a stamp next year honoring late Hollywood director Billy Wilder, as part of a series remembering America's great directors.

Earlier this month, the USPS said Frank Capra, John Ford and John Huston were the other iconic filmmakers in the four-stamp Forever set.

Raucous and rowdy, wicked and witty, the films of Billy Wilder (1906-2002) ranged from the dark evil depicted in Double Indemnity (1944) to the bitter cynicism of Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the farcical fun of Some Like It Hot (1959).

The background artwork for the Wilder stamp was inspired by Some Like It Hot, a farce about two male musicians (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis) who seek refuge from gangsters by posing as members of an all-girl band featuring luscious singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe).