Director Blake Edwards dies at age of 88

Director/ producer/ screenwriter Blake Edwards died last night at age 88 of pneumonia. He was best known for the Pink Panther films starring Peter Sellers, as well as Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn and Victor/Victoria, starring his wife, Julie Andrews. He began his career as an actor, but in 1948 moved behind the camera. Edwards received many awards over the course of his career, including an honorary Oscar statuette in 1984 “In recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.” He received a Directors Guild nomination for his work on Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961 and has has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6910 Hollywood Blvd. His wife and other family members were with him at the end, including his two children, Geoffrey and Jennifer (who made her screen debut at age five in his movie Days of Wine and Roses) from his first marriage, and two adopted daughters, Amy and Joanna, with Andrews. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. mandee • December 17, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

    rest in peace. at least you lived a long, happy life!

  2. Samantha • December 17, 2010 @ 11:35 AM

    He made some great movies, especially Victor/Victoria. And I loved Jennifer in Heidi when she was about 11.

  3. Rudolph Ransom • December 17, 2010 @ 11:53 AM

    Another great director dies. At least he had a good and long and fullfiling life…!

  4. Ash • December 17, 2010 @ 2:17 PM

    RIP Blake

  5. Helen • December 17, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

    @Samantha totally agree. Condolences to his family

  6. Hollywood man HERE • December 17, 2010 @ 2:37 PM

    RIP. BLAKE EDWARDS was a true GENIUS(writer,funny man,producer,director,Hollywood Legend,etc.) My condolences to Julie Andrews.

  7. C-Dub • December 18, 2010 @ 12:19 PM

    He had a great life and now I need to have a Blake Edwards movie marathon weekend like I did with Leslie Nielsen films. Honour these great talents by viewing thir legacies.

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