Thursday, December 16, 2010

RIP: Blake Edwards

Beloved writer-director Blake Edwards passed away Wednesday from complications with pneumonia, he was 88 years old.

In the 1960's, Edwards earned a reputation as "a master of sophisticated slapstick," thanks in large part to his work with Peter Sellers on the Pink Panther series and 1968's The Party.  Prior to earning that title, however, Edwards career became part of film legend when he took on the adaptation and direction of Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961, an experience which found him clashing with studio heads and working discreetly around the Hollywood code to bring Audrey Hepburn's now iconic Holly Golightly to the screen.

The director, whose other notable work includes drama The Days of Wine and Roses, television show Peter Gunn, and a fabulous partnership with composer Henry Mancini,  received his only Oscar in 2004, when he was awarded a lifetime achievement honor.

Edwards married Julie Andrews in 1969, collaborating with her most notably in "10", Victor/Victoria, and S.O.B., his satirical take on industry heads.  Andrews was at his side with immediate family at the time of his passing.  [via  Los Angeles Times]

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