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Legendary Director Blake Edwards Dead at Age 88


Who was Blake Edwards?  Well, for those of you who don't know, he was one of the most influential directors Hollywood has ever seen.  Blake Edwards was the mastermind behind such gems as The Pink Panther, The Great Race, and the iconic Breakfast at Tiffany's staring Audrey Hepburn.  Sadly, Mr. Edwards passed away on Wednesday evening from complications of pneumonia at a Santa Monica hospital.  His wife legendary actress Julie Andrew and children were by his side.  He was 88 years old.

While this is such a great loss to the world of film we should remember his legacy by celebrating his work on some of the most memorable movies Hollywood has ever produced.  Some of his best are:  Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), staring Audrey Hepburn, The Pink Panther (1964), staring Peter Sellers,  Victor Victoria (1982), which stared his wife Julie Andrews, and the hilarious "10" (1979), staring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.  Edwards was honored in 2004 with an Academy Award for a life long achievement in writing, directing, and producing.

Blake Edwards began his career back in 1938 on the radio production of the famous Orson Wells, War of the Worlds, and it span more than 50 years.  He met and married his wife Julie Andrews in 1969 and together they had five children, all but one have stared in his movies at one point or another.  They were married for 41 years.  Condolences go out to the family as I sit down and pop in my most favorite movie of all time, Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Thank you, Mr. Edwards for such wonderful movies.

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