Director Blake Edwards, best known for his "Pink Panther" film series and "Breakfast at Tiffany's," has died at the age of 88, his publicist said Thursday.
Edwards passed away Wednesday night of complications from pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, publicist Gene Schwam said.
Edwards' wife, actress Julie Andrews, and other members of his family were beside him, Schwam said.
Edwards was the recipient of an honorary Oscar in 2003, when he was praised for establishing himself as one of Hollywood's true comedy auteurs.
Edwards is credited with directing 46 titles, including "Victor Victoria," "S.O.B.," "10," and the Pink Panther series.
Edwards was particularly noted for his creation of the role of Inspector Clouseau in the Panther series, a character played by Peter Sellers, with whom Edwards became an iconic filmmaker for comedies.
"Peter Sellers became a monster," Edwards once said. "He just got bored with the part (Inspector Clouseau) and became angry, sullen and unprofessional. He wouldn't show up for work and he began looking for anyone and everyone to blame, never for a moment stopping to see whether or not he should blame himself for his own madness, his own craziness."
He also wrote for the big and small screen and acted in a number of films, starting in 1942 with "Ten Gentleman from West Point."
Edwards is said to have become romantically involved with Julie Andrews after she heard him once describe her as being "so sweet she probably has violets between her legs."
They began dating after she sent Edwards a bunch of violets and a note. They later married.
Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Blake is teaming up with Peter once again to make the afterlife a lot more fun. Just keep an eye peeled for the Madman Dreyfus, Blake!
Posted: December 16, 2010, 1:08 pm ET 'Director Blake Edwards, best known for his “Pink Panther” film series and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” has died at the age of 88, his publicist said Thursday.'
This is the first paragragh of the blog! Now tell me where it neglects to tell us about BAT's?
All the great talents are going away leaving us with ...................
Rest in peace Mr. Edwards.
My only question would be, whatever happened to the violets that were between the legs of julie andrews?
Very sad. RIP.
Another film classic Blake Edwards directed: "Days of Wine and Roses", with Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
Two of his children, Jennifer ("Heidi", 1968) and Geoffrey, were also involved in television and film projects including some of Blake's later films.
Today, I join "The Pink Panther", in both saying "Good Night, and Rest in Peace, Blake Edwards".
This really sucks.
Loved his movies. My heart goes out to his wife and family.
Mr. Edwards and his lovely wife, Ms. Andrews, really helped me out at a difficult time in my life with the movie Victor Victoria. I will always remember him for this. My condolences to his family for their loss.
Hah! Blake say's Julie's so sweet she has violets between her legs...so Julie sends him a bouquet. Now that's a pair with moxie.
The "Great Race" and "Victor Victoria"! Two of my all time favorite movies! Thanks Blake! You were truly 360 degrees!
OMG, this is so sad! I love this man! My condolences to the family!
Yes, same Julie Andrews who played in "The Sound of Music", "Mary Poppins", etc.
Our condolences to his family. He'll be missed.
In honor of Blake Edwards, one of cinema's greatest directors, I present the top 10 reasons I like the movie 10:
10. It's the first DVD I bought, in a time where the format was still very young and uncertain.
9. It's the first R rated film I was old enough to see by myself.
8. It showed that in an era when youth and disco was king, middle aged white men can be funny.
7. It was at a time (1979) when there were very few hit films.
6. It was a rare film where a director worked so well with his actress wife.
5. It showed a middle aged relationship in a realistic, mature way.
4. It gave Bo Derek her only real hit.
3. Dudley Moore's best performance besides Arthur.
2. Julie Andrews' best performance that finally put The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins behind her.
And the no. 1 reason I like the movie 10:
1. Blake Edwards' best film, ahead of the Pink Panther.
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