- A Tribute to Blake Edwards

  The Tiburon International Film Festival is delighted to honor Blake Edwards, one of the best comedy filmmakers of the 20th century. The tribute to Mr. Edwards will be on Saturday, March 15, 2008, with showing of one of his most famous films: The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Blake Edwards film director, screenwriter, and producer, born William Blake Crump (on July 26, 1922) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the son of a stage director. He began his career as an actor and script-writer, including seven screenplays for Richard Quine. His early career as a script-writer was for radio. His hard-boiled private detective scripts for Richard Diamond, Private Detective became NBCs answer to Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, reflecting Edwards' unique humor. Edwards also created, wrote and directed the 1959 TV series Peter Gunn, with music by Henry Mancini. Mancini's association with Edwards continued in his film work, significantly contributing to their success.

His most popular films have been comedies, the alcoholism-themed melodrama Days of Wine and Roses being a notable exception. His most fruitful collaboration has been with Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther movies.

In 2004 he received an Academy Honorary Award for cumulative achievements over the course of his film career. He was also portrayed by John Lithgow in the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, documenting comic actor Sellers' life and his friendship with Edwards.

His second wife (from 1969) is Julie Andrews, who has 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. In 1995, he wrote the book for the stage musical adaptation of Victor/Victoria, also starring Andrews.

Filmography as Director:

Bring Your Smile Along (1955)
He Laughed Last (1956)
Mister Cory (1957)
This Happy Feeling (1958)
Operation Petticoat (1959)
High Time (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Experiment in Terror (1962)
The Grip Of Fear (1962)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The Pink Panther (1963)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Great Race (1965)
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Gunn (1967)
The Party (1968)
Darling Lili (1969)
Wild Rovers (1971)
The Carey Treatment (1972)
The Tamarind Seed (1974)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
10 (1979)
S.O.B. (1981)
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
The Man Who Loved Women (1983)
Micki and Maude (1984)
A Fine Mess (1986),
That's Life (1986)
Blind Date (1987)
Sunset (1988)
Skin Deep (1989)
Switch (1991)
Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

Photos (from top):

- Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany"
- Blake Edwards behind the camera
- Peter Sellers in "The Pink Panther Strikes Again"
- Receiving an Oscar
- Pink Panther
- Bo Derek in "10"
- Julie Andrews in "Victor Victoria"

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