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Blake Edwards, Director Of 'The Pink Panther' And Other Hits, Has Died

Director Blake Edwards and his wife, actress Julie Andrews, on Dec. 1, 2001.
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Director Blake Edwards and his wife, actress Julie Andrews, on Dec. 1, 2001.

"A spokesman for Blake Edwards says the filmmaker has died in Southern California at the age of 88," the Associated Press reports.

As Variety writes:

"The filmmaker was regarded as a modern master of contemporary film comedy via such movies as The Pink Pantherseries and 10."

According to the AP, "publicist Gene Schwam says Edwards died from complications of pneumonia at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. His wife, Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side."

Edwards'  IMDB.com page is here.

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET:NPR's Jesse Baker and Mark Jenkins write that Edwards was " a latter-day master of slapstick."

Update at 2 p.m. ET:Edwards obviously had a sense of humor, so we don't think he'd mind us adding a bit of music that may have popped into many of your heads. Here, from the opening of The Pink Panther, is a bit of Henry Mancini's classic theme:

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