Biography of Blake Edwards (1922-2010)

Film director American born in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on July 26, 1922 and died on 16 December 2010, whose full name was William Blake Mac Edward.


Blake Edwards

By family tradition, it was doomed to be part of the film industry. His grandfather, J. Gordon Edwards was the director at the time of silent film; and his father, Jack McEdwards, was stage director and producer. He/She began directing police serial for radio and television. His first personal contact with the film was as an actor, beginning with titles like Lucky Legs (1942) or two in the sky (1943), but soon became interested in the script and in 1954 wrote Panhandle, in a series of collaborations with director Richard Quine.

His first film as a director already marked his career. Bring Your Smile Along (1955) was a musical comedy that also added the romantic element. Their first titles combined the picaresque with romance, and they already showed the taste for work again and again with certain actors and actresses. Tony Curtis starred in the fearsome Mr. Cory (1957), bride (1958)-free vacation and operation Pacific (1959). the film was nominated for best screenplay. But undoubtedly his first title success was breakfast with diamonds (1961), one of the titles for the greater glory of Audrey Hepburn. Henry Mancini won two Oscar: one by the famous song "Moon River" and another for the soundtrack. The artistic direction and script were also awarded.

In 1962 Edwards participated in one of his few forays into the drama directing some scenes of the film by Edward Dmytryk the black cat. This RAID was lengthened in that period with two titles more both starring Lee Remick: blackmail against a woman (1962) and days of wine and Roses (1962), where Henry Mancini returned to win the Oscar for the soundtrack and the theme of giving title to the film, and where Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick were nominated for best actor and actress respectively.

Between 1962 and 1970 Edwards produced his own films in association with Mirish Company. With the Pink Panther (1963) came fully into the comedy starting a fruitful saga and an extensive collaboration with the actor Peter Sellers. The role of Inspector Clouseau was offered initially to Peter Ustinov, although the final choice fell on Sellers, it wasn't exactly an internationally known actor, but that he/she did not hesitate to undergo diet for a year to get the thinness that the character required. After the Pink Panther was the new case of Inspector Clouseau (1964), starting from the play by Marcel Achard, which was completed the first period of the series. In 1965, Edwards returned to work with Tony Curtis in the race of the century, always with Mancini as a composer. The film won the Oscar for best sound effects and, according to its director, was an attempt to parody and homage at the same time to certain silent films, such as El Gordo y El Flaco starring.

The following collaboration of Edwards and Peter Sellers was one of his most hilarious titles: the Party (1968), where the latter embodied an inept actor indu, through which the director made fun of Hollywood stereotypes. The film was shot from different planes sequence and the producers set up a camcorder so the actors could see what they had just done. In this way, the party became the first film shot with a system of assistance through video. In 1970 Edwards addressed first Julie Andrews in Darling Lily, film that earned several nominations to the Oscar, including that of best actress. His next title together would be the seed of the tamarind (1973) and then the director was dedicated to the second period of the saga of the Pink Panther, who arrived with three titles, especially the Pink Panther strikes again (1976), for which Sellers was nominated for the Golden Globes.

1979 was the year of Bo Derek and most famous film of the Decade: 10, the perfect woman created a new erotic myth, and also brought again to the director with his wife, Julie Andrews, on the screen, with whom he/she repeated in his two following films. S.O.B., you are honored bandits (1980) was nominated for the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical while paradoxically Edwards was nominated for the awards Razzie for worst director. Best of luck brought him Víctor or victory? (1981), which won the Oscar for his soundtrack and earned six nominations more, among them Julie Andrews as best actress.

A year following Edwards began the third period of their famous saga. Following the trail of the Pink Panther (1982) and curse of the Pink Panther (1982). The first retained to Sellers as Clouseau, but in the second the character was played by Roger Moore. In this, David Niven, who had faithfully followed all titles, was on the verge of dying during the filming and could not speak, so some scenes were folded by Rich Little.

Cinema of Edwards, who has maintained an unequivocal seal throughout his career however started to adapt to new ways of approaching comedy in the 1980s. Next to classic titles in his filmography as Micki and Maude (1984) or that is life! (1986), which can be considered in some way autobiographical, we find others like appointment blind (1987), starring Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger, two actors new to his filmography and associated with other genres; or already in the Decade of the nineties, a very dubious blonde (1991), in which the director argued for a twist more in Exchange for sex, a topic that had already addressed in Víctor or victory?, and a new twist with the continuation of the Pink Panther, this time with Roberto Benigni as the protagonist of the son of the Pink Panther (1994), when it had not even acquired knowledge that the public would have the after life is beautiful.


(Edwards was screenwriter and producer of almost all of his films)

1955: Bring Your Smile Along; He/She Laughed Last. 1956: The fearsome Mr. Cory.1958: mischievous age; Free wedding vacation. 1959: peaceful operation. 1960: High Time. 1961: Breakfast with diamonds. 1962: The black cat (extra scenes); Blackmail against a woman; Days of wine and roses. 1964: La pantera rosa; The new case of Inspector Clouseau.1965: the race of the century (and actor). 1966: what did you do in the war, Daddy? 1967: Gun.1968: the party. 1969: Darling Lily. 1971: Two men against the West. 1972: Diagnosis: murder. 1973: The tamarind seed. 1975: The return of the Pink Panther. 1976: The Pink Panther strikes again. 1978: The revenge of the Pink Panther. 1979: 10, the perfect woman. 1980: S.O.B., bandits are honored. 1981: Víctor or victory? 1982: On the trail of the Pink Panther; The curse of the rosa.1983 pantera: my problems with the mujeres.1984: Micki and Maude. 1986: Big tangle; Thus it is the life! 1987: Blind date. 1988: Murder in Beverly Hills.1989: A Rod to the aire.1991: A blond very dudosa.1994: the son of the Pink Panther. 2005: Apart from hatred. 2006: The Pink Panther.

As screenwriter:

1948: Empire of crime (producer and actor). 1949: Stampede (and producer). 1952: Rainbow ' Round my Shoulder. 1953: marine water; Cruisin' Down the River.1954: The Atomic Kid; Drive a Crooked Road.1955: my sister Elena.1957: Operation Mad Ball. 1962: The mysterious Lady in black; Crime at seven. 1963: Fellow of arms and punches (and producer). 1967: Casino Royale (script Advisor). 1984: very hot (signing as Sam or. Brown) city.

As an actor:

1942: Lucky Legs; Ten heroes of West Point. 1943: Two in the sky. 1944: Anonymous heroines; Marine Raiders; Wing and a prayer; Thirty seconds over Tokyo. See Here, Private Hargrove; My Buddy; Marshall of Reno; In the meantime, Darling; The Eve of St. Mark; The Unwhritten Code; She's A Sweetheart. 1945: Thirty seconds over Tokyo. They Were Expendable; This Man's Navy; A Guy, A Gal and A Pal; Gangs of the Waterfront; Strangler of the Swamp. 1946: Tokyo Rose; The strange love of Martha Ivers; The best years of our lives; Until the end of time. 1947: Beginning or end. 1948: Leather Gloves.

Works for television:

1958: Peter Gunn (series). 1959: Mr. Lucky (series; and producer). 1961: The Dick Powell Show (series). 1962: The Boston Terrier.1969: The Monk (scriptwriter). 1988: Justin Case (and screenwriter). 1989: Peter Gunn (producer and screenwriter). 1992: Julie (series). 1993: Audrey Hepburn: Remembered (actor).