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Sunset Boulevard (1950 movie)

Sunset Boulevard (also known as Sunset Blvd.) is a 1950 film, named after a famous street in Hollywood, California, which tells the story of a failed writer who becomes entangled, and then infatuated, with a faded star of the silent era who believes that she can make a comeback. It stars William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb. Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton, H.B. Warner and Hedda Hopper have cameos.

The movie was adapted by Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman Jr and Billy Wilder from the Brackett and Wilder story A Can of Beans. It was directed by Wilder.

It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (William Holden), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Erich von Stroheim), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gloria Swanson), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nancy Olson), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture. The film has also been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Sunset Boulevard was made into a Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton in 1994.