Jul 26, Birthplace: Gordon Edwards, director of such silent film epics as The Queen of Sheba Blake started his own film career as an actor in ; he played bits in A-movies and leads in B-movies, paying his dues in such trivialities as Gangs of the Waterfront and Strangler of the Swamp both He turned to writing radio scripts, distinguishing himself on the above-average Dick Powell detective series Richard Diamond.
His mother married again, to Jack McEdwards,  who became his stepfather. McEdwards was the son of J. Gordon Edwardsa director of silent moviesand inhe moved the family Blake edwards Los Angeles and became a film production manager.
Edwards describes this period: I worked with the best directors — FordWylerPreminger — 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. Hey, Mulligana sitcom about a young studio page trying to become a serious actor.
In the same year, Edwards produced, with Mancini's musical theme, Mr. Mancini's association with Edwards continued in his film work, significantly contributing to their success. 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. The film, which starred Tony Curtis and Cary Grant and was produced by Grant's own production company, Granart Company, became the "greatest box-office success of the decade for Universal [Studios]" and made Edwards a recognized director.
Andrew Sarris Blake edwards it the "directorial surprise of ", and it became a "romantic touchstone" for college students in the early s. 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. While a few critics such as George Morris thought the film a major picture "it synthesizes every major Edwards theme: Edwards used difficult cinematography techniques, including long-shot zooms, tracking, and focus distortion, to great effect.
It brought Paramount Pictures to "the verge of financial collapse", and became an example of "self-indulgent extravagance" in filmmaking "that was ruining Hollywood. The relationship between the director and the lead actor was considered a fruitful, yet complicated one, with many disagreements during production.
At various times in their film relationship, "he more than once swore off Sellers" as too hard to direct. However, in his later years, he admitted that working with Sellers was often irresistible: We also had an ability to come up with funny things and great situations that had to be explored.
But in that exploration there would often times be disagreement. But I couldn't resist those moments when we gelled. And if you ask me who contributed most to those things, it couldn't have happened unless both of us were involved, even though it wasn't always happy. The films were all highly profitable: Trail of the Pink Panther consisted of unused material of Sellers from The Pink Panther Strikes Again as well as previously-seen material from the earlier films.
Curse of the Pink Panther and Son of the Pink Panther were further attempts by Edwards to continue the series without Sellers but both films were critical and financial disappointments. Honorary Academy Award[ edit ] InEdwards received an Honorary Academy Award for cumulative achievements over the course of his film career.
Both Sellers and he appreciated and understood the comedy styles in silent films and tried to recreate them in their work together. After their immense success with the first two Pink Panther films, The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Darkwhich adapted many silent-film aspects, including slapstick, they attempted to go even further in The Party The film has always had a cult following, and some critics and fans have considered it a "masterpiece in this vein" of silent comedy, though it did include minimal dialogue.
They had two children, and divorced in She appeared in the comedy All Ashorefor which Edwards was one of the screenwriters. Edwards' second marriage from until his death was to Julie Andrews.
Andrews had a daughter, Emmafrom her previous marriage.Blake Edwards, Writer: Peter Gunn. 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 () and wrote a number of others, beginning with Panhandle () and including six for director.
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Writer and director Blake Edwards was best known for helming the "Pink Panther" comedies of the s and s, but his contributions to entertainment stretched far beyond those wildly popular slapstick tales of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.
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