Blake Edwards

Biography

Date of Birth 26 July 1922, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Date of Death 15 December 2010, Santa Monica, California, USA (complications from pneumonia) Birth Name William Blake Crump Nickname Blackie Mini Biography Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle (1948) and including six for director Richard Quine. He created the popular TV series "Peter Gunn" (1958), "Mr. Lucky" (1959) and "Dante" (1960). He directed a diverse body of films, from comedies to dramas to war films to westerns, including such pictures as Operation Petticoat (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Experiment in Terror (1962), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Pink Panther (1963) and A Shot in the Dark (1964). After The Great Race (1965) he began fighting with studios. In England he surfaced again with The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), then went back to Hollywood and a real hit, 10 (1979). Victor Victoria (1982) won him French and Italian awards for Best Foreign Film. Spouse Julie Andrews (12 November 1969 - 15 December 2010) (his death) 2 children Patricia Walker (1953 - 1967) (divorced) 2 children Trade Mark Scores by Henry Mancini Frequently worked with Peter Sellers Trivia Father of Jennifer Edwards and Geoffrey Edwards. Suffers from CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Former roommate of Mickey Rooney. He adopted two children from Vietnam with Julie Andrews, Amy Edwards (b. 1974) and Joanna Edwards (b. 1975). Stepson of stage director and movie production manager Jack McEdward. Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 302-310. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. Stepfather of Emma Walton. Grandfather of Hannah Schneider and Kayti Schneider. Grandson of silent screen director J. Gordon Edwards. Was the original writer and director on City Heat (1984). He stepped aside as director after creative differences with star Clint Eastwood. When asked, "If you could work with one actor for the rest of your career, who would it be?" he answered, in a heartbeat, "Jack Lemmon.". Met actor David Niven, when Edwards was writing and directing films for Four Star Television, a production company partly owned by Niven. The Honorary Oscar Award that he received in 2004 was presented to him by personal fan Jim Carrey. Met wife-to-be Julie Andrews after she'd heard that he once described her as being, "...so sweet she probably has violets between her legs." Andrews was so entertained by the remark she sent Edwards a bunch of violets accompanied by a note. They began dating and later married. As of 2007, he is one of six directors who has directed his wife to a Best Actress Oscar nomination (Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria (1982)). The other five are Joel Coen directing Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996), John Cassavetes directing Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) & Gloria (1980), Richard Brooks directing Jean Simmons in The Happy Ending (1969), Paul Czinner directing Elisabeth Bergner in Escape Me Never (1935) and Paul Newman directing Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel (1968). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in an Oscar-nominated performance (Pote tin Kyriaki (1960)), but they weren't married yet at the time of the nomination. He has two great-grandchildren, Shaely and Kaden, from granddaughter Kayti. Daughter, Amy Edwards, married rock musician Lauren Scheff on October 24, 2004. They are now divorced. His grandchildren are: Kayti and Hannah Schneider, from daughter Jennifer Edwards; Isabelle and Hank, from son Geoffrey Edwards; Max Scheff, from daughter Amy Edwards; and Sam and Hope, from stepdaughter Emma Walton. His son, Geoffrey Edwards, was once married to Denise Crosby, Bing Crosby's granddaughter. Was one of the first directors to employ video playback of shot film footage on set. He did this with The Party (1968). Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Audrey Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren. Had originally signed to direct The Shadow on the Window (1957). Father-in-law of Sarah Haskins. Ex-father-in-law of Denise Crosby, Genevieve Tyrrell and Lauren Scheff. His longtime friend (40 years) and publicist is Gene Schwam. Stepfather-in-law of Steve Hamilton. Personal Quotes Make 'em redecorate your office. That's primary, to let them know where you stand. Then, when you're shooting interior sequences, use your own interior decorator and set dresser. That way everything on the set will fit your house when you're finished. Peter Sellers became a monster. He just got bored with the part [Inspector Clouseau] and became angry, sullen and unprofessional. He wouldn't show up for work and he began looking for anyone and everyone to blame, never for a moment stopping to see whether or not he should blame himself for his own madness, his own craziness. [on Julie Andrews] It's marvelous to direct her. She's enormously professional and understands that in the final analysis the last word is mine. Actually, working with Julie on a film is a whole lot easier than working with many people that I'm not married to! Salary The Great Race (1965) $125,000 His stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdwards was a stage director and movie production manager. He acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote for a number of others, beginning with Panhandle (1948), six for director Richard Quine. He created the popular TV series "Peter Gunn" (1958), "Mr. Lucky" (1959), and "Dante" (1960). Nearly simultaneously he directed a diverse body of films: Operation Petticoat (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Experiment in Terror (1962), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Pink Panther (1963) and A Shot in the Dark (1964). After The Great Race (1965) he began fighting with studios. In England, UK he surfaced again with The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), then back to Hollywood and a real hit, 10 (1979). Victor/Victoria (1982) won him French and Italian awards for Best Foreign Film.

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Birth Name

William Blake Crump

Birth Place

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

7/26/1922

Death Date

12/15/2010
Known For
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Strangler of the Swamp

Christian 'Chris' Sanders Jr.

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Panhandle

Floyd Schofield

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Claudia Cardinale, die italienische Filmdiva

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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I Remember Me

Himself

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Marshal of Reno

Lee

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This Man’s Navy

Flier (uncredited)

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Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon

Himself

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Ten Gentlemen from West Point

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The Eve of St. Mark

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Marine Raiders

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Starring In
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Claudia Cardinale, die italienische Filmdiva

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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I Remember Me

Himself

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Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon

Himself

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Panhandle

Floyd Schofield

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The Beginning or the End

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The Best Years of Our Lives

Corporal at ATC Counter (uncredited)

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The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

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Till the End of Time

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Strangler of the Swamp

Christian 'Chris' Sanders Jr.

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From This Day Forward

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They Were Expendable

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This Man’s Navy

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Wing And A Prayer

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

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Marine Raiders

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See Here, Private Hargrove

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The Eve of St. Mark

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Marshal of Reno

Lee

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A Guy Named Joe

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Ten Gentlemen from West Point

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