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Blake Edwards and wife Julie Andrews
Hollywood: FIlmmaker Blake Edwards and hsi wife actress Julie Andrews pose next to a bust of Edwards as the American Cancer Society presented him with the Society's "Allen K. Jonas Life Achievement Award" at a Gala black-tie dinner on November 17, 1983. In conjunction with the award, 11/17 was named "Blake Edwards Day" by the City of Los Angeles. (UPI Photo/Glenn Waggner/Files)
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Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. 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.

Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Edwards was the son of a stage director. He began his career as an actor and scriptwriter, including seven screenplays for Richard Quine.

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