Blake Edwards in 1966
William Blake Crump
|Died||December 15, 2010 (aged 88)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Occupation||Film director, screen and scriptwriter, producer, actor|
|Years active||1942 – 1995|
|Known for||The Pink Panther|
Julie Andrews, (1969–2010; his death)
|Children||3 daughters, 1 son|
Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American movie actor, director, screenwriter and producer.
Early life[change | change source]
Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His grandfather was J. Gordon Edwards, a director of silent movies, and his stepfather, Jack McEdwards, became a film production manager after moving his family to Los Angeles in 1925. He was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Career[change | change source]
Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures. He would later begin to write or direct movie such as; Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful The Pink Panther movie series with the British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed drama movies such as; Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses. His greatest successes, however, were his comedies, and most of his movies were either musicals, dramas, comedies, or horror.
Personal life[change | change source]
Edwards was married to Patricia Walker from 1953 unti they divorced in 1967. Lastly he married Julie Andrews from 1969 until his death in 2010. He had 3 daughters and 1 son. He lived in Los Angeles, California.
Death[change | change source]
Honors[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Telegraph obituary
- Wakeman, John (Ed.) World Film Directors Vol. 2. H.W. Wilson Co. (1988) pp. 302–310
- Harmetz, Aljean (December 16, 2010). "Blake Edwards, Prolific Comedy Director, Dies". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 16, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Receiving Honorary Oscar in 2004