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Blake Edwards, creator of The Pink Panther, dead at 88

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 16th, 2010

Blake Edwards, best known as the man who created the franchise and character known as The Pink Panther has died.  He was 88.

The LA Times is reporting that the director died due to complications from pneumonia, and is survived by wife Julie Andrews.

Edwards may be best known for The Pink Panther, however it is films like EXPERIMENT IN TERROR and particularly the classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S that really stand out in the director’s filmography. He originally got his start working on things like the legendary radio script for Orson Welles’ classic take on War Of The Worlds and then moving onto other great pieces like the aforementioned pair of films.

Personally, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S is what I’ll remember Edwards for. The film may go down as simply a classic performance from Audrey Hepburn, whose iconic Holly Golightly has become more than just a film character, but it’s truly Edwards’ direction that seems to stand out, at least for this writer.

The director will be missed. Rest in peace.

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