Blake Edwards

Film Director and Producer
Born Jul 26, 1922

Blake Edwards was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing radio scripts at Columbia Pictures. He used his writing skills to begin producing and directing, with some of his most well-known films including Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series with the British comedian Peter Sellers.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on July 26, 1922.
1925 2 Years Old Gordon Edwards, a director of silent movies, and in 1925 he moved the family to Los Angeles and became a film production manager. … Read More


1952 29 Years Old Edwards' debut as a director came in 1952 on the television program Four Star Playhouse.


1953 30 Years Old Edwards married his first wife, actress Patricia Walker, in 1953. They had two children, and divorced in 1967. … Read More
1954 31 Years Old In the 1954–1955 television season, Edwards joined with Richard Quine to create Mickey Rooney's first television series, The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan, a sitcom about a young studio page trying to become a serious actor. … Read More
1959 36 Years Old Edwards also created, wrote and directed the 1959 TV series Peter Gunn, which starred Craig Stevens, with music by Henry Mancini. … Read More
1961 38 Years Old Andrew Sarris called it the "directorial surprise of 1961", and it became a "romantic touchstone" for college students in the early 1960s. … Read More


1969 46 Years Old Edwards' second marriage from 1969 until his death was to Julie Andrews. … Read More
1971 48 Years Old Others, however, recognized him more for his significant achievements at different periods of his career. British film critic Peter Lloyd, for example, described Edwards, in 1971, as "the finest director working in the American commercial cinema at the present time."


1974 51 Years Old Edwards' biographers, William Luhr and Peter Lehman, in an interview in 1974, called him "the finest American director working at this time." … Read More
1980 57 Years Old Five of the those involved Edwards and Sellers in original material, while Trail of the Pink Panther, made after Sellers died in 1980, was made up of unused material from The Pink Panther Strikes Again. … Read More


1995 72 Years Old In 1995, he wrote the book for the stage musical adaptation of Victor/Victoria, also starring Andrews. … Read More
2003 80 Years Old Honorary Academy Award In 2003, Edwards received an Honorary Academy Award for cumulative achievements over the course of his film career. … Read More
2004 81 Years Old In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen. … Read More
2010 88 Years Old On December 15, 2010, Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. … Read More
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