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Blake Edwards Biography

Birth Name:
William Blake Crump
Birth Place:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Profession
Director, screenwriter, actor

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

Awards

  • 1983César Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 1982Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1977Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Comedy: winner
  • 1976Writers Guild Awards-Original Comedy: nominated
  • 1965Writers Guild Awards-Comedy: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1963Writers Guild Awards-Comedy: nominated
  • 1961Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1958Writers Guild Awards-Comedy: nominated

Relationships