Blake Edwards, the Hollywood film maker behind the Pink Panther movies – among many others – has died.
Edwards, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died on Wednesday. He was 88.
His wife of 42 years, Julie Andrews, described Edwards as “the most unique man I have ever known – and he was my mate”. He directed a wide variety of films, including 10 and Days of Wine and Roses, a harrowing tale of alcoholism.
It was the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s that established Edwards as a stylish director who could combine comedy with bittersweet romance.
At the time of his death Edwards was working on on two Broadway musicals, one based on the Pink Panther movies, the other, a comedy set during the prohibition.
Bernard Smith looks back at the director’s long career.