Blake Edwards, the writer and director behind classics Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, and 10, died Wednesday night at age 88, from complications of pneumonia. He is survived by wife Julie Andrews, who he directed in 1982's Victor Victoria—a film that garnered him an Oscar nomination for writing.
He'll be remembered for his uncanny knack for penning both slapstick and serious drama, and particularly for his talent at sharp, hilarious dialogue—a trait that was on display as recently as October during a tribute by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
The 88-year-old Edwards seemed alert and thoughtful as he sat in a wheelchair (which at one point he railed against with an "I hate this [gosh-darn] thing"). Following a reel of clips from 11 of Edwards' films, including four "Pink Panther" pictures, "The Party" and "Breakfast At Tiffany's," Edwards gave an affectionate shout-out to wife Julie Andrews.
"I never had a great deal of luck with permanent relationships with females until my current spouse of 40 years. Although she is to some extent a pain in the... she has so many virtues." He went on to say that he will often lie in bed at night "and hope to make a version of 'Saint Joan' for her to star in and to make sure it was a real fire."
Enjoy a classic Pink Panther scene, a prime example of Edwards as a master of staging comedic scenes. "Does your dog bite?":
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