Blake Edwards Celebrity

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Birth Name: William Blake Crump

Birth Place: Tulsa, OK

Birthday: July 26, 1922, Leo

Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Studio backlots became his playground after his mother married Hollywood production manager Jack McEdwards. His step-grandfather was J. Gordon Edwards, a director in the silent-screen era.
  • Served in the Coast Guard during World War II.
  • Created the Emmy-nominated detective series Peter Gunn (1958-61).
  • Although mostly known for comedies, he directed the drama Days of Wine and Roses, about an alcoholic couple; the experience motivated him and the film's star Jack Lemmon to begin alcohol-recovery programs.
  • While filming The Pink Panther, he and star Peter Sellers vowed never to work together again. They made up and reteamed on The Party and four more Pink Panther films.
  • Adapted and directed his musical-comedy film Victor/Victoria for Broadway; wife Julie Andrews starred in both versions.


  • 1982, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Less Than One Hour: Nominee
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  • 2003, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Under One Hour: Nominee


  • Geoffrey Edwards — Son
  • Jack McEdwards — Stepfather
  • Donald Crump — Father
  • Julie Andrews — Wife
  • Emma Walton Hamilton — Stepdaughter
  • Lillian McEdwards — Mother
  • Patricia Walker — Ex-wife
  • Joanna Lynne Edwards — Daughter
  • Amy Edwards — Daughter
  • Jennifer Edwards — Daughter

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