Blake Edwards
American film director and producer
Blake Edwards
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.
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Robert Loggia, Movie And TV Tough Guy, Dead At 85
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from "Scarface" to "The Sopranos" but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks' kid-at-heart toy-company boss in "Big," has died. He was 85. Loggia's wife Aubrey Loggia said he died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a five year battle with Alzheimer's. "His poor body gave up," she said. "He loved being an actor and he loved his life." A solidly built man with a rugged face and gravelly voice, Loggia fit neatly into gangster movies, playing a Miami drug lord in "Scarface," which starred Al Pacino; and a Sicilian mobster in "Prizzi's Honor," with Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner. He played wise guys in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," the spoofs "Innocent Blood" and "Armed and Dangerous," and again on David Chase's "The Sopranos," as the previously jailed veteran mobster Michele "Feech" La Manna. It was not as a gangster but as a seedy detective that Loggia received his only Academy Award nominati ...
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My First Man-Crush: James Garner
Huffington Post - over 2 years
The following was originally posted on Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com. "I'm getting a little jealous of James Garner," my wife informed me as I headed down the basement with my burned DVDs. I was in the middle of a bit of binge-watching a few months before Netflix appeared on our horizon. It involved setting our DVR for a series of old Maverick episodes on the Starz Western channel. I'd finally figured out how to burn a bushel of the episodes to a DVD and was taking them downstairs to put by the dusty exercise equipment to induce me to get hooked on a show and lose pounds at the same time. I knew the Maverick theme song years before I finally saw one of the old episodes... Who is the tall, dark stranger there? Maverick is the name. Ridin' the trail to who knows where, Luck is his companion, Gamblin' is his game. Smooth as the handle on a gun. Maverick is the name. Wild as the wind in Oregon, Blowin' up a canyon, Easier to tame. My dad and his brothers- ...
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Heave’s Over: Our favorite movies
Heave Media - almost 3 years
Welcome to part three of Heave’s Over, our set of staff list pieces leading up to our final day of publication on Friday. Today, our staff gives lists of their top 10 all-time favorite movies. Remember: these are all-time favorites, not “best film” lists or whatever. Also, titles aren’t italicized because otherwise everything would be in the font you’re reading now. Frank Macarthy 1) The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) 2) Animal House (John Landis, 1978) 3) Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982) 4) Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993) 5) Dirty Work (Bob Saget, 1998) 6) The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994) 7) Trading Places (John Landis, 1983) 8 ) The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979) 9) The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1978) 10) Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008) —— Marissa Morales 1) Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944) 2) Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959) 3) Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010) 4) The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 5) Moonrise Kingdom ...
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More Intriguing Factoids From the Sci-Fi/Horror/Mystery Genre!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Herman Brix's injured shoulder made Johnny Weismuller a star! Color suddenly materialized in several black-and-white films! Blake Edwards was uncredited in 17 of his first 19 acting film roles! -- Herman Brix was set to star in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man, but dislocated his shoulder playing a running back in 1931's football film, Touchdown. The "Tarzan" role went to Johnny Weismuller and the rest is cinematic history! He did star in 1935's The New Adventures of Tarzan, an independent production filmed by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, who had hand-picked Brix for the role. After that came a succession of action roles in serials such as The Shadow of Chinatown (with Bela Lugosi) and The Fighting Devil Dogs. But, he was unable to break the action film mold, so reinvented himself as Bruce Bennett (the most popular of several possible names he had conjured up). With his new identity, he became a second lead in such Humphrey Bogart dramas as Dark Passage (1947) and The Treasure of the Sierra ...
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Frightway to Stardom (Part III)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Robert Duvall as a human transmogrified into an alien being! Clint Eastwood as a pilot who battled a titanic mutated tarantula! Blake Edwards as the target of a vengeful spirit! These are three more celebs who began their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to Stardom": -Robert Duvall: This eventual Oscar winner's early TV roles included the title character in the "William Wilson" episode of "Great Ghost Stories" (1961), a man who became part of a museum display in the "Miniature" on "The Twilight Zone"(1963), a human surgically transformed into an ET in "The Chameleon" on "The Outer Limits" (1964), and an alien named Zar in "The Invaders" episode of "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea"(1965), not to mention an effective cinematic part as a citizen of a totalitarian 25th-century regime that outlawed all expressions of emotion in George Lucas' first film, "THX-1138"(1971). Ruehl Fact: A direct descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, he actually portr ...
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David Frost's Vintage Celebrity Interviews
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The death of legendary broadcaster David Frost sparked an outpour of tributes on Sunday morning. The British personality was best known for his legendary post-resignation interviews with President Richard Nixon, which later became the subject a popular play and film written by Peter Morgan. Ron Howard, director of 2006's "Frost/Nixon," told HuffPost U.K. that he has "respect for his audacity" in the wake of Frost's passing. But Frost wasn't all politics and business -- he was a regular purveyor of celebrity interviews as well. Programs like "The David Frost Show" and "Breakfast with Frost" featured a host of A-list entertainers who are among some of Hollywood's most famous. Here, we recall some of Frost's glitziest interviews. John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1972) Elton John (1999) Paul McCartney (1997) Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards (1970) James Brown (1970) Tennessee Williams (1970) Truman Capote (1969)
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Rex Reed: Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Dog's Dinner
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Quit stalling around and let's cut to the chase. No Audrey Hepburn, no Holly Golightly. The proof lies there on the stage of the Cort Theatre, choking on flat, leftover, room-temperature champagne from an old party that goes down like cough syrup, in a misguided and charmless attempt to resuscitate Truman Capote's magical 1958 literary sensation Breakfast at Tiffany's that fails on every level. How many ways can you spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r ? Poor Truman. His bubbly little allegory about a deluded runaway hillbilly named Lula Mae Barnes from Tulip, Texas who invests considerable time, energy and other people's money re-inventing herself by making New York her oyster has never worked anywhere outside the exclusive splendor of the author's own extravagant literary imagination. An aborted TV pilot with Stephanie Powers failed, as well as an earlier production in London with Anna Friel by the current director, Sean Mathias, and we won't go into what Edward Albee did to the musica ...
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Regina Weinreich: Debbie Harry Hosts a Party for Breakfast at Tiffany's: Thanks for the Memories
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Truman Capote's glory days as a celebrated writer were revisited at the opening of Richard Greenberg's Breakfast at Tiffany's on Wednesday night at the Cort Theater, and a black and white ball -- eh, bash -- at the Edison Ballroom. The play starts with a narrator called Fred reminiscing about a New York brownstone where he once lived, and a particularly spectacular neighbor, Holly Golightly with whom he partied and took baths. The tall and lanky, handsome "Fred" (Cory Michael Smith) may be the epitome of everything that the "bulldog" Capote was not, but the self-invented Holly (Emilia Clarke), one of his greatest creations, hews close to the author's bone. Bartender Joe Bell (George Wendt) admires her most of all for being an authentic fake. He is in love with her, in his way, as perhaps the play wants us all to be. While some may find the special invention of her labored Britishish accent a bit grating, even though Clarke is British, her voice goes along with Holly's anxie ...
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Michael Giltz: DVDs: Not Crazy About "Mad Men," The Very Cool "Peter Gunn," Goofy Carol Burnett And More
Huffington Post - over 4 years
What's going on? Why have even more TV shows been pouring onto DVD and BluRay lately? And not just full season offerings but elaborate boxed sets of entire runs of shows? A couple things. DVD sales are slowing but the one area of strength is TV shows; people may not bother to purchase every movie that comes out on DVD anymore, but they see a lot of value in buying an entire season of a show they like. So if that's where the money is, that's where studios will focus their energy. Plus, it's a lot easier to sell a digital download of a movie as opposed to 12 or 20 episodes of a show. So again, when it comes to TV, consumers like BluRay and DVDs. Finally, all the studios believe physical copies of movies and TV shows are a thing of the past. Paramount even handed off a chunk of its valuable library to Warner Bros. and said, we can't be bothered putting them out on DVD and BluRay. (They kept the digital rights.) In a few years, they imagine everyone will either access streaming vi ...
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Congo: M23 rebels aim for Ugandan border town
Fox News - over 4 years
Congo's new M23 rebel group have opened a new front north of their current stronghold in the country's eastern city of Rutshuru in order to protect the local population, said a rebel spokesman. The group of about 1,000 fighters created after several officers from the Congolese army defected in April and May, has been fighting the Congo army south of its base in Rutshuru for two months. It is now spreading its control toward Lake Edward. The rebels took the small town of Nyamilima on Monday and now say they are planning to attack Ishasha, a trading post on the border with Uganda. The M23 said that they are attacking to protect the local population from other rebel groups such as the Mai Mai and the FDLR. "The population asked us to come because they were suffering at the hand of the Mai Mai defense groups and the FDLR," said Col. Vianney Kazarama. "If we need to go further than Nyamilima and Ishasha, we will." The FDLR is a Hutu armed group t ...
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Julie Andrews Sure Does Love Pantsuits
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whenever we watch Julie Andrews spin around the Austrian countryside and belt out "The Hills Are Alive" in the 1965 musical film "The Sound of Music," we can't help but be amazed by her pure talent. Yet, we can only imagine the moment Andrews' mother and stepfather (both Vaudeville performers) first heard her four-octave range -- signaling a lifelong career that has earned her an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy and Dame honor from Queen Elizabeth II herself. But beyond her impressive list of accolades is Andrews' family-friendly style transformation. Experimenting with trends throughout the decades, from psychedelic '60s print dresses and '70s flare pants, the blonde beauty hit her ladylike stride in the 1980s when she'd appear on the red carpet alongside husband-director Blake Edwards sporting feminine pieces (with bold shoulders, of course). And the big screen legend continues to age gracefully with a pantsuit collection we'd argue could rival Hillary Clinton's ...
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'Pink Panther' actor Herbert Lom dead at 95
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
'Pink Panther' actor Herbert Lom dead at 95 Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 9:24 a.m., Thursday, September 27, 2012 Alec Lom said his father was forever grateful to director Blake Edwards for offering him a comic role after years of being cast as "the suave Eastern Bloc gangster with the dark looks." Adopting the shortest stage name he could think of, Lom had his first major movie role as Napoleon in 1942's "The Young Mr. Pitt." In the comedy "The Ladykillers" (1955), one of the best-loved British films of the 1950s, Lom played a member of a ruthless crime gang fatally outsmarted by a mild-mannered old lady. Horror roles included the title character in Hammer Studios' "The Phantom of the Opera" in 1962, and Van Helsing in 1970's "Count Dracula," opposite Christopher Lee.
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Thousands of Congolese Civilians Flee from Renewed Fighting
Voice of America - over 4 years
KINSHASA — Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched attacks on positions held by government forces north of Goma. The U.N. mission in the Congo says the Congolese army is responding and U.N. peacekeepers are trying to deter the rebels from inflicting casualties on civilians. The fighting is again focused on Rutshuru Centre, a town near Lake Edward in North Kivu province, and about 70 km north of Goma. Commandant Thibaut de Lacoste, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the ...
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Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy and Valentino give grand couture finale
Fox News - over 4 years
The final day of Paris' haute couture shows was like a glittering fashion encyclopedia. Wednesday's shows went from the Renaissance-feel of Valentino's shimmering blue silk capes to the 19th century, where couture's enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier, paid homage to the black top-hatted dandy. Elie Saab went decorative with Imperial motifs of the Ottoman Empire. And, nearer to the present day, Givenchy reworked house founder Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy's little black dress, made famous in the 1960s by Audrey Hepburn. With the couture season thinned from a week of shows to only three days, designer must make an immediate impact. Wednesday's shows offered a rich display of craftsmanship from the century-old Parisian clothes-making tradition. JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier loves film. For proof, look no further than his dandyesque couture offering, which paid homage to the silver screen. ...
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Oklahoma @ the Movies examines Sooners’ cinema connections
NewsOK.com Blogs - almost 5 years
BY GENE TRIPLETT Who knew that the pretty blonde woman who comes face to face with Mrs. Bates in the climactic scene of “Psycho” was little Vera Jean Ralston of Boise City? Or that the neurotic whiner who played Rock Hudson’s buddy in all those Doris Day comedies was Arthur Leonard Rosenberg, from Tulsa? Or that the guy who guided Peter Sellers to international stardom in the “Pink Panther” series was William Blake Crump, also from Tulsa? Or that the blacklisted screenwriter who won an Oscar for “A Place in the Sun” and a posthumous Academy Award for “The Bridge Over the River Kwai” grew up in McAlester? The first three are better known as actress Vera Miles, actor Tony Randall and director Blake Edwards, and the beleaguered screenwriter was Michael Wilson, who wrote or co-wrote some of the most critically revered works in film history, including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Friendly Persuasion,” “Lawrence of Arabia” and the original “Planet of the Apes.” Curators Larry O'Del ...
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John Farr: The Ten Best Audrey Hepburn Movies by Farr
The Huffington Post - USA - almost 5 years
Just last Friday, iconic star Audrey Hepburn would have turned 83. We never got to see her in old age: she's been gone nearly twenty years now, struck down prematurely by cancer. For me and millions of other fans, she will remain eternally young and fresh. At a time when I despair of younger viewers watching classic films, I hear more and more of them reference Audrey Hepburn. A full sixty years after she came out of nowhere to win an Academy Award for her first major role, she still represents something important and aspirational to the young women of today. What is the source of her enduring appeal? Well -- may I use the word "class"? In the Kardashian age, it's striking to revisit an actress who not only dressed beautifully, but walked, talked, and acted like the aristocrat she was- importantly, without ever seeming snobbish, affected or full of herself. To employ another term one rarely hears anymore, she had impeccable poise. Humor, humility, eve ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Blake Edwards
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 87
    On December 15, 2010, Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at the Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
    More Details Hide Details His wife and children were at his side. His death came after 15 years of suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. Edwards was greatly admired as well as criticized as a filmmaker during his career. On the negative side, general critique included this by American film author George Morris: It has been difficult for many critics to accept Blake Edwards as anything more than a popular entertainer. Edwards' detractors acknowledge his formal skill but deplore the absence of profundity in his movies. Edwards' movies are slick and glossy, but their shiny surfaces reflect all too accurately the disposable values of contemporary life.
  • 2004
    Age 81
    In 2004, he received an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of his writing, directing and producing an extraordinary body of work for the screen.
    More Details Hide Details Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he was the son of Donald (c.1890-????) and Lillian (Grommett) Crump (1897-1992). His father reportedly left the family before he was born. His mother married again, to Jack McEdwards, who became his stepfather. McEdwards was the son of J.
  • 2003
    Age 80
    Honorary Academy Award In 2003, Edwards received an Honorary Academy Award for cumulative achievements over the course of his film career.
    More Details Hide Details Having grown up in Hollywood, the step-son of a studio production manager and step-grandson of a silent-film director, Edwards had watched the films of the great silent-era comedians, including Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Laurel and Hardy. Both he and Sellers appreciated and understood the comedy styles in silent-films and tried to recreate it in their work together. After their immense success with the first two Pink Panther films, The Pink Panther (1963) and A Shot in the Dark (1964), which adapted many silent-film aspects, including slapstick, they attempted to go even further in The Party (1968). Although the film is relatively unknown, some have considered it a "masterpiece in this vein" of silent comedy, even though it included minimal dialogue.
  • 1995
    Age 72
    In 1995, he wrote the book for the stage musical adaptation of Victor/Victoria, also starring Andrews.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards described his struggle with the illness chronic fatigue syndrome for 15 years in the documentary I Remember Me (2000).
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked with Sellers on the film The Party. Edwards later directed the comedy film 10 with Dudley Moore and Bo Derek. Darling Lili (1970) Darling Lili, whose star, Julie Andrews, Edwards later married, is considered by many followers of Edwards's films as "the director's masterpiece". According to critic George Morris, "it synthesizes every major Edwards theme: the disappearance of gallantry and honor, the tension between appearances and reality and the emotional, spiritual, moral, and psychological disorder" in such a world. Edwards used difficult cinematography techniques, including long-shot zooms, tracking, and focus distortion, to great effect. The film failed badly, however, at the box-office. At a cost of $17 million to make, few people went to see it, and the few who did were unimpressed. It brought Paramount Pictures to "the verge of financial collapse," and became an example of "self-indulgent extravagance" in filmmaking "that was ruining Hollywood."
  • 1974
    Age 51
    Edwards' biographers, William Luhr and Peter Lehman, in an interview in 1974, called him "the finest American director working at this time."
    More Details Hide Details They refer especially to the Pink Panthers Clouseau, developed with the comedic skills of Peter Sellers, as a character "perfectly consistent" with his "absurdist view of the world, because he has no faith in anything and constantly adapts." Critic Stuart Byron calls his early Pink Panther films "two of the best comedies an American has ever made." Polls taken at the time showed that his name, as a director, was a rare "marketable commodity" in Hollywood. Edwards himself described one of the secrets to success in the film industry: For someone who wants to practice his art in this business, all you can hope to do, as S.O.B. says, is stick to your guns, make the compromises you must, and hope that somewhere along the way you acquire a few good friends who understand. And keep half a conscience."
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 48
    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."
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  • 1969
    Age 46
    Edwards' second marriage from 1969 until his death was to Julie Andrews.
    More Details Hide Details Andrews had a daughter, Emma, from her previous marriage, and the couple adopted two orphans from Vietnam in the early 1970s, Amelia Leigh and Joanna Lynne. Andrews appeared in a number of his films, including Darling Lili, 10, Victor/Victoria and the autobiographical satire S.O.B., in which Andrews played a character who was a caricature of herself.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1961
    Age 38
    Andrew Sarris called it the "directorial surprise of 1961", and it became a "romantic touchstone" for college students in the early 1960s.
    More Details Hide Details Days of Wine and Roses (1962) Days of Wine And Roses, a dark psychological film about the effects of alcoholism on a previously happy marriage, starred Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick. It has been described as "perhaps the most unsparing tract against drink that Hollywood has yet produced, more pessimistic than Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend". The film gave another major boost to Edwards's reputation as an important director. Edwards's most popular films were comedies, the melodrama Days of Wine and Roses being a notable exception. His most dynamic and successful collaboration was with Peter Sellers in six of the movies in the Pink Panther series.
  • 1959
    Age 36
    Edwards also created, wrote and directed the 1959 TV series Peter Gunn, which starred Craig Stevens, with music by Henry Mancini.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year Edwards produced, with Mancini's musical theme, Mr. Lucky, an adventure series on CBS starring John Vivyan and Ross Martin. Mancini's association with Edwards continued in his film work, significantly contributing to their success. Operation Petticoat (1959) Operation Petticoat was Edwards's first big-budget movie as a director. The film, which starred Tony Curtis and Cary Grant, became the "greatest box-office success of the decade for Universal Studios," and made Edwards a recognized director. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Breakfast at Tiffany's, based on the novel by Truman Capote, is credited with establishing him as a "cult figure" with many critics.
  • 1954
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Edwards's hard-boiled private detective scripts for Richard Diamond, Private Detective became NBC's answer to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, reflecting Edwards's unique humor.
  • 1953
    Age 30
    Edwards married his first wife, actress Patricia Walker, in 1953. They had two children, and divorced in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in the comedy All Ashore (1953), for which Edwards was one of the screenwriters.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 29
    Edwards' debut as a director came in 1952 on the television program Four Star Playhouse.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Age 2
    Gordon Edwards, a director of silent movies, and in 1925 he moved the family to Los Angeles and became a film production manager.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with the Village Voice in 1971, Blake Edwards said that he had "always felt alienated, estranged from my own father, Jack McEdwards". After attending grammar and high school in Los Angeles, Blake began taking jobs as an actor during World War II. Edwards describes this period: I worked with the best directors – Ford, Wyler, Preminger – and learned a lot from them. But I wasn't a very cooperative actor. I was a spunky, smart-assed kid. Maybe even then I was indicating that I wanted to give, not take, direction. Edwards served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, where he suffered a severe back injury, which left him in pain for years afterwards.
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on July 26, 1922.
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