Born William Blake McEdwards in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of a stage director. He was originally an actor and script-writer (seven Richard Quine film scripts). As a director his early films were black-to-grey comedies handled with a certain perceptive flair.
Specialising in comedies, some critics consider he should have stopped around 1968 in terms of quality, although some among his biggest hits were yet to come (10 and Victor/Victoria). On the other side, Edwards is appreciated instead for his direction of Peter Sellers in the Panther movies.
His post-Peter Sellers stretch of the Pink Panther films are widely considered indicators of a serious decline.
His second wife (from 1969) was Julie Andrews, star of a number of his films including the notorious Darling Lili.
Blake Edwards Facts
|Birth Name||William Blake McEdwards|
|Birthday||July 26, 1922 (98)|
|Birthplace||Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA|
|Awards||2004 Academy Awards: Honorary Award|