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Blake Edwards

Personal information
Birth nameWilliam Blake Crump
Birth dateJuly 26, 1922
Place of birthTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Date of deathDecember 15, 2010(age 88)
Death placeSanta Monica, California
Cause of deathPneumonia
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm director, screen and scriptwriter, producer, actor
Years active1942 1995
Known forPink Panther
Home townTulsa, Oklahoma
Political partyDemocratic
SpousePatricia Walker, 1953-67 (divorced)
Julie Andrews, 1969-2010
Children3 daughters, 1 son

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Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer.

Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures. He used his writing skills to begin producing and directing, with some of his best films including: Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with the British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he was also renowned for his dramatic work, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Days of Wine and Roses. His greatest successes, however, were his comedies, and most of his films were either musicals, melodramas, slapstick comedies, or thrillers.

In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.


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