Director Billy Wilder Gets His Own Stamp

Wilder directed the Marilyn Monroe film `Some Like It Hot' at Hotel del Coronado IN 1958

By Monica Garske
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 3:47 AM PDT
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Director Billy Wilder Gets His Own Stamp

United States Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new stamp on Wednesday in honor of film director Billy Wilder. The postage art features the Hotel del Coronado in the background, where Wilder directed his 1959 classic, "Some Like it Hot" starring Marilyn Monroe.

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The United States Postal Service is honoring film director Billy Wilder with his very own postage stamp Wednesday.

On May 23, a series of four “Great Film Directors” stamps will be issued by the USPS at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Silver Springs, Md.

In San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado will be celebrating Wilder’s new Forever Stamp and remembering his cinematic connection to America’s Finest City.

Wilder directed the 1959 Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot at the iconic Coronado hotel.

In fact, the background of the Billy Wilder stamp art features an image of the Hotel del Coronado, with its famous white and red exterior.

On Wednesday, the Hotel del will celebrate the new stamp at the Vista Walk area in front of the hotel by displaying a variety of photographs of Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon from their time filming at the Hotel del Coronado in 1958.

They’ll also display a poster-size enlargement of Wilder’s stamp so fans can get a good look at the new postage.

The three other film directors being honored in this stamp collection are Frank Capra, John Ford and John Huston.

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