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February 8, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE
The next Oscar for sale, scheduled for the auction block in March, was awarded to Lyle Wheeler for best art direction in 1959's "The Diary of Anne Frank." There is one fundamental difference between this Oscar and the five already auctioned: Wheeler, the original recipient, is living and doesn't want it or any of them sold. "I wish I had them now; I would put them up there," Wheeler, 83, said, pointing to a rattan bookshelf in the room of his Culver City retirement home.
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January 12, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Wheeler, filmdom's indefatigable art director whose five Oscars include such entertainment marvels as "Gone With the Wind," "Anna and the King of Siam" and "The Diary of Anne Frank," died Wednesday. Wheeler, who was nominated on 24 other occasions for the Academy Award, also won the gold statue for "The Robe" and "The King and I." He was 84 when he died of the complications of pneumonia at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills.
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January 12, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lyle Wheeler, filmdom's indefatigable art director whose five Oscars include such entertainment marvels as "Gone With the Wind," "Anna and the King of Siam" and "The Diary of Anne Frank," died Wednesday. Wheeler, who was nominated on 24 other occasions for the Academy Award, also won the gold statue for "The Robe" and "The King and I." He was 84 when he died of the complications of pneumonia at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills.
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March 25, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE
For the moment, the brightest star on Hollywood Boulevard is William Kaiser, a 41-year-old former hospital administrator from Tuxedo Park, N.Y. In a private awards ceremony Friday in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel--the location of the first Academy Awards ceremony 61 years ago--Kaiser surprised 84-year-old art director Lyle Wheeler by reuniting him with the Oscar he won in 1959 for "The Diary of Anne Frank."
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March 25, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE
For the moment, the brightest star on Hollywood Boulevard is William Kaiser, a 41-year-old former hospital administrator from Tuxedo Park, N.Y. In a private awards ceremony Friday in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel--the location of the first Academy Awards ceremony 61 years ago--Kaiser surprised 84-year-old art director Lyle Wheeler by reuniting him with the Oscar he won in 1959 for "The Diary of Anne Frank."
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February 18, 1989
How pathetic it is that because of some quirk, a Long Beach couple, Sherry and Tom, came to possess the five Oscars of a talented art director ("The Diary of Lyle Wheeler's Oscars" by Daniel Cerone, Feb. 8). It is a measure of the caliber of these people that they refuse to be identified by their last names. JESSICA DAVIS Hollywood
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February 11, 1989
It is a sad commentary on today's society that art director Lyle Wheeler's five Oscars, including one that he was given for "Gone With the Wind," are to be sold ("The Diary of Lyle Wheeler's Oscars," by Daniel Cerone, Feb. 8). The yuppie couple who by chance came to possess the Oscars remind me of the characters in "Gone With the Wind" who tried to buy Tara out from under the impoverished O'Hara family. I'm sure that when Wheeler won the Oscar he had no idea that 50 years later life would be imitating art. The five statuettes should be returned to Wheeler immediately as a kindness to a man who is so much a part of Hollywood history.
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April 21, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
William Kaiser is not giving up on his efforts to get four Oscars off the auction block and back in the hands of the original recipient, art director Lyle Wheeler. At a news conference this morning in Hollywood, Kaiser, a hospital supervisor from Tuxedo, N.Y., will unveil a poster "directed to the Long Beach couple (known only as Tom and Sherry) who have Lyle Wheeler's Adademy Awards . . . Please have a heart and return (the) four remaining Oscars. . . . You and the auctioneer already made over $21,000 from your initial investment of $20 from Wheeler's box of Oscars in an unclaimed merchandize sale."
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February 18, 1989
I too am searching for a lost Oscar--the one presented to my uncle, Victor Young, in 1956 for his original musical score for "Around the World in 80 Days." Because I am now the only living blood relative of Victor Young, I want the Oscar for me and for my children and their children. No one can put a price on the Oscar; it means more than money to me. My uncle was a pioneer in the field of motion picture music--the originator of movie theme songs such as "Golden Earrings," "Stella by Starlight," "Love Letters" and "When I Fall in Love."
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February 8, 1989 | DANIEL CERONE
The next Oscar for sale, scheduled for the auction block in March, was awarded to Lyle Wheeler for best art direction in 1959's "The Diary of Anne Frank." There is one fundamental difference between this Oscar and the five already auctioned: Wheeler, the original recipient, is living and doesn't want it or any of them sold. "I wish I had them now; I would put them up there," Wheeler, 83, said, pointing to a rattan bookshelf in the room of his Culver City retirement home.
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