Sad news today that Blake Edwards, the writer/director behind such classic movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther (and sequels), The Great Race, 10, and one of my favorites, S.O.B. and Victor/Victoria has passed away from pneumonia.
Married to Julie Andrews for 41 years, it is said they met after Andrews sent him a bouquet of lilacs. She sent the bouquet because she was, apparently, the topic of discussion at a party Edwards had attended. The guests were wondering what the key was to her phenomenal success; Edwards is quoted as saying "she has lilacs for public hair," and well, the rest is history.
While there were projects that were not nearly as successful as the ones mentioned above, it is these that I member most. And it is these that I most love. From the beginning frame of Tiffany's to any scene in The Pink Panther, to the classic lines in The Great Race to, well, just about anything in his body of work, they bring a smile to my face.
I've lamented seeing our best and brightest pass on. And I realize it's the nature of life, but it does make me sad. Not just for their passing, but for the loss of talent and their contribution to entertainment.
Goodbye Blake Edwards, you will be missed.