William A. Wellman, director

Director William A. Wellman, whose films included 1927's "Wings" (which won the first Academy Award for Best Picture) and 1937's "A Star Is Born," was born Feb. 29, 1896. He died in 1975.

( file photo, Los Angeles Times / August 21, 2008 )

Director William A. Wellman, whose films included 1927's "Wings" (which won the first Academy Award for Best Picture) and 1937's "A Star Is Born," was born Feb. 29, 1896. He died in 1975.

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