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BLAKE EDWARDS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: William Blake Crump

Description: Film director, screen and scriptwriter, producer, actor, USA

Known For: Breakfast at Tiffanys and Days of Wine and Roses.

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 26th July 1922
Location Born: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Date Died: 15th December 2010
Location Died: Santa Monica, California, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Blake Edwards

Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump; 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 screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in film and television. His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Days of Wine and Roses, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with British comedian Peter Sellers. Often thought of as primarily a director of comedies, he also directed dramas and detective films. Late in his career, he transitioned to 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.

Edwards’s distinguished 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.

Edwards was the son of a stage director. He began his career as an actor and scriptwriter, including seven screenplays for Richard Quine.

His early career as a scriptwriter was for radio where he was given an early break by Orson Welles on his production of The War of the Worlds (1938). Welles later credited Edwards as having written the famous line: “They’re here and they’re hungry.”

Edwards also created, wrote and directed the 1959 TV series Peter Gunn, with music by Henry Mancini. Mancini’s association with Edwards continued in his film work, significantly contributing to their success.

Edwards’s most popular films were comedies, the alcoholism-themed melodrama Days of Wine and Roses being a notable exception. His most dynamic and successful collaboration was with Peter Sellers in six of the movies in the Pink Panther series.

In 2004, Edwards received an Honorary Academy Award for cumulative achievements over the course of his film career.

Edwards’s second marriage in 1969 was to Julie Andrews.

On December 15, 2010, Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

Films include:

The Atomic Kid (1954)
My Sister Eileen (1955)
Bring Your Smile Along (1955)
He Laughed Last (1956)
Mister Cory (1957)
This Happy Feeling (1958)
The Perfect Furlough (1958)
Operation Petticoat (1959)
High Time (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The Pink Panther (1963)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Great Race (1965)
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Gunn (1967)
The Party (1968)
Darling Lili (1969)
Wild Rovers (1971)
The Carey Treatment (1972)
The Tamarind Seed (1974)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
10 (1979)
S.O.B. (1981)
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Victor Victoria (1982)
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
The Man Who Loved Women (1983)
Micki + Maude (1984)
A Fine Mess (1986)
That’s Life (1986)
Blind Date (1987)
Sunset (1988)
Skin Deep (1989)
Switch (1991)
Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

Television credits

Invitation Playhouse (1952 TV anthology series) [writer – episode #2]
Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956 TV anthology series) [writer/director – multiple episodes]
City Detective (1953–1955 TV series) [associate producer/director – episode #38]
The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan (1954–1955 TV series) [creator; writer – episode #1]
The Lineup (1954 episode) [writer – episode 8]
Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (1954 series pilot) [writer/director]
Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator (1954 unsold series pilot) [director]
Fireside Theatre (1955 episode) [writer – episode 9], [director – episode 18]
The Star and the Story (1955 episode) [director – episode 5]
Studio 57 (1957 espisode) [writer – episode 28]
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1956 series pilot; subsequent (1957–1960 TV series) [creator]
Johnny Abel (1956 unsold series pilot) [creator/writer]
Meet McGraw (1957 episode) [writer – episode 4]
Peter Gunn (1958–1961 TV series) [creator/producer; writer/director – multiple episodes]
Mr. Lucky (1959–1960 TV series) [creator/producer; writer/director – episode #1]
Dante (1960–1961 TV series) [creator]
Johnny Dollar (1962 unsold series pilot #2) [writer/producer/director]
House of Seven (1962 unsold series pilot) [creator/writer/producer]
The Boston Terrier (1962 unsold series pilot #1) [creator/producer/writer/director]
The Boston Terrier (1963 unsold series pilot #2) [creator/producer]
The Monk (1969 TV movie) [writer]
Casino (1980 TV movie) [executive consultant]
The Ferret (1984 unsold series pilot) [creator/producer/writer]
Justin Case (1988 TV movie) [writer/producer/director]
Peter Gunn (1989 TV movie) [creator/writer/producer/director]
Julie (1992 TV series) [producer/director]
Mortal Sins (1992 TV movie) [producer]
Victor/Victoria (televised broadcast of 1995 Broadway stage production) [writer/producer/director]

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