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William Blake Crump
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Director; screenwriter; actor
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Blake Edwards 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
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.
The Pink Panther,
he and star Peter Sellers vowed never to work together again. They made up and reteamed on
and four more Pink Panther films.
Adapted and directed his musical-comedy film
for Broadway; wife Julie Andrews starred in both versions.
Blake Edwards Relationships:
Lillian McEdwards - Mother
Patricia Walker - Ex-wife
Joanna Lynne Edwards - Daughter
Geoffrey Edwards - Son
Jack McEdwards - Stepfather
Amy Edwards - Daughter
Jennifer Edwards - Daughter
Donald Crump - Father
Julie Andrews - Wife
Emma Walton Hamilton - Stepdaughter
Blake Edwards Awards:
1983 César Awards: Best Foreign Film - Winner
1963 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
1982 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
1959 Emmy: Best Writing of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Less Than One Hour - Nominee
1959 Emmy: Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series-Under One Hour - Nominee
2003 Oscar: Honorary Award - Winner
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