Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews' director-husband, dies at 88
12/16/2010 by Corinne Heller
Blake Edwards, husband of British actress Julie Andrews and director and writer of "The Pink Panther" movies, has died at age 88. Edwards' death on Wednesday was caused by complications of pneumonia, his spokesperson told the Associated Press, adding that Andrews, who is 75 and known for the film "The Sound of Music', and other family members were by his side in a Los Angeles hospital, where he had spent the last two weeks. He directed Andrews in a short-lived 1990s comedy series called "Julie" and in the 1982 movie "Victor/Victoria", which tells of a female singer pretending to be a man who impersonates a woman. The actress played the role on Broadway in 1995. Edwards received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, which was adapted from a 1933 German film. Edwards also directed the films "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961 and "The Party" in 1968. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma as William Blake McEdwards, Edwards grew up in Los Angeles and has small roles in films such as "Ten Gentlemen from West Point" in 1942 and "A Guy Named Joe" in 1943. He spent 18 months in the Coast Guard in World War II and later quit acting, realizing he lacked the talent, the Associated Press said. He directed his first feature, "Bring Your Smile Along", in 1955. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a statement that flowers will be placed on Edwards' star on the Walk of Fame later on Thursday.
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