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Comedy master Blake Edwards dies at 88

December 16, 2010 | 10:15 am

Famed filmmaker Blake Edwards has died at 88. Edwards was best known for the broad but smart slapstick of movies such as those in "The Pink Panther" series. Yet he also was able to shift into a more serious gear, as he did the 1961 dramedy "Breakfast at Tiffany's," which was nominated for five Oscars. His relevance continued well into the 1980s with biting (and often taboo-busting) comedies such as "Victor/Victoria" and "Skin Deep."

Edwards appeared (with wife Julie Andrews) just 10 weeks ago at a tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences -- an event at which, despite being hobbled by age and health, he was as much his sharp-tongued self as ever. More on Edwards from The Times later.

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Blake Edwards, and his wife, actress Julie Andrews, at an Oscars luncheon in 2004. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters 

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So Sad, His films are legendary! Thank you for everything

I had the pleasure of meeting him many times. He was a talented director and a wonderful man.

Blake was indeed the master of comedy, most especially when compared to the largely tasteless and witless Dauphins of comedy on the film scene today. Daring and original, Blake understood that true comedy springs from the foibles, the errors, and disappointments of the human heart, and nowhere on the film horizon, I am very sad to say, do I think we will be seeing either his like or his equal again. With him passes, I think, a more golden age of comedy. A man with a giant heart, I will miss him terribly, even though I am certain I'll be seeing him again. Thank God!


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