Blake Edwards

American filmmaker (1922–2010) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump; July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

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Blake Edwards
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Edwards in 1966
Born
William Blake Crump

(1922-07-26)July 26, 1922
DiedDecember 15, 2010(2010-12-15) (aged 88)
Occupations
  • Director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • actor
Years active1942–1995
Spouses
  • Patricia Walker
    (m. 1953; div. 1967)
  • (m. 1969)
Children4, including Jennifer
RelativesJ. Gordon Edwards (step-grandfather)
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Edwards began his career in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon began writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in television and films. His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Great Race (1965), 10 (1979), Victor/Victoria (1982), Blind Date (1987), and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with British actor Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed several drama, musical, and detective films. Late in his career, he took up writing, producing and directing for theater.

In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.[1]

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