Audrey Young, 89, who was a singer-actress in the 1940s and donated $5 million to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood to create the Billy Wilder Theater in memory of her late husband, died June 1 in Los Angeles. A cause was not given. Her death was announced by the UCLA Film & Television Archives, which calls the theater home.
The Billy Wilder Theater was "the right place, the proper place" for a permanent tribute to her husband because of his longtime love of film and art, Young told The Times in 2003. The couple had long lived in Westwood.
Born Oct. 30, 1922, in Los Angeles, she was a contract player at Paramount appearing in mostly uncredited roles when she met Wilder in 1944 on the set of his film "The Lost Weekend," which starred Ray Milland.
She had just wrapped up a singing engagement with the Tommy Dorsey band when she married Wilder in 1949. Young had roles in more than 20 movies, and sometimes appeared singing solo or in a group, including in such 1940s films as "Out of This World," "Easy Living" and the Bing Crosby vehicle "Blue Skies."