Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is located at 4650 Sunset Boulevard, eight and a half miles east of Norma Desmond‘s fictitious, haunted lair. Billy Wilder‘s timeless Tinseltown tale was made for around $1.75 million and now, all these years later, the filmmaker together with his late wife Audrey has reached out from beyond the grave. Six-fold.
From the hospital announcement:
Stars of the silver screen have had a huge impact on our hearts and minds for decades and at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles we are grateful when Hollywood stars partner with us to benefit the health of our patients.
This year, our hospital received a very special Christmas gift when the trust of Billy and Audrey Wilder sent an $11 million gift to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that will support the work of our division of Neurosurgery, the Neuro-oncology program and the division of Rheumatology while still leaving money left over to provide for the under and unreimbursed care for children we provide each year.
The donation is one of the largest ever received by CHLA. Per The Hollywood Reporter, attorneys for the Wilder family trust actually informed the hospital of the staggering gift in July (after the death of Audrey in June), but it wasn’t until earlier this month that CHLA chief of development DeAnn Marshall learned about it.
Wilder, who passed away in 2002, won one of his six Oscars for the screenplay for the 1950 William Holden–Gloria Swanson film, co-written with Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr. And for Marshman, December 21 was much more than a penultimate day of Mayan mumbo-jumbo. It was also his 90th birthday!