17 Dec 2010

Director Blake Edwards dies

2:11 pm on 17 December 2010

Film and television writer/director Blake Edwards, has died at the age of 88.

A spokesman for his widow, singer and actress Julie Andrews, says Edwards died in Santa Monica, of complications of pneumonia. His family was at his side.

During his more than six decades, he directed the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's] with Audrey Hepburn, The Pink Panther movies, and Days of Wine and Roses with Jack Lemmon.

Blake Edwards was born William Blake Crump on 26 July 1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He tried acting in the 1940s, but by late that decade turned to writing and later directing.

Edwards and Julie Andrews, his second wife, were married for 41 years and raised five children together, three from separate marriages and two they adopted.