‘Pink Panther’ Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88

‘Pink Panther’ Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88

When I was a young kid, my father sat me down one day and said, “Okay, now I’m going to teach you about comedy.” Without hesitation he pulled two movies out – Blake EdwardsA Shot in the Dark (his personal favorite, and mine too) and The Party. Even at that young age I found both films highly entertaining, and over the years I’d fall in with so many of Blake Edwards’ films – from the iconic Breakfast at Tiffanys to Victor/Victoria to Blind Date. Edwards was a master at physical comedy and deadpan delivery; his comedy hit on all cylinders, so much so that films today are still borrowing bits and pieces of his best stuff.

Blake Edwards

Unfortunately Blake Edwards passed away last night from complications with pneumonia. He was 88. His wife Julie Andrews, who starred in the excellent Victor/Victoria (which earned Edwards his only Oscar nod for writing), was by his side when he passed. Though he didn’t win the Oscar, he was awarded an honorary Oscar back in 2004. You can watch his acceptance speech here.
 
Comedy today may not be what it once was, but Blake Edwards will always be known as one of the masters of the genre. He will definitely be missed.
 
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