Blake Edwards's Interesting Facts

1 Still an active writer and producer with several projects in various stages of development for film, stage, and television. [May 2007]
2 Named the inaugural distinguished fellow in film writing directing and producing at Arizona State University's film school, August, 2005. [August 2005]
3 Stepfather-in-law of Steve Hamilton.
4 His longtime friend (40 years) and publicist is Gene Schwam.
5 Ex-father-in-law of Denise Crosby, Genevieve Tyrrell and Lauren Scheff.
6 Father-in-law of Sarah Haskins.
7 Had originally signed to direct The Shadow on the Window (1957).
8 Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Audrey Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren.
9 Was one of the first directors to employ video playback of shot film footage on set. He did this with The Party (1968).
10 His son, Geoffrey Edwards, was once married to Denise Crosby, Bing Crosby's granddaughter.
11 His grandchildren are: Kayti and Hannah Schneider, from daughter Jennifer Edwards; Isabelle and Hank, from son Geoffrey Edwards; Max Scheff, from daughter Amy Edwards; and Sam and Hope, from stepdaughter Emma Walton.
12 Daughter, Amy Edwards, married rock musician Lauren Scheff on October 24, 2004. They are now divorced.
13 He has two great-grandchildren, Shaely and Kaden, from granddaughter Kayti.
14 As of 2007, he is one of six directors who has directed his wife to a Best Actress Oscar nomination (Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria (1982)). The other five are Joel Coen directing Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996), John Cassavetes directing Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) & Gloria (1980), Richard Brooks directing Jean Simmons in The Happy Ending (1969), Paul Czinner directing Elisabeth Bergner in Escape Me Never (1935) and Paul Newman directing Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel (1968). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife Melina Mercouri in an Oscar-nominated performance (Never on Sunday (1960)), but they weren't married yet at the time of the nomination.
15 Met wife-to-be Julie Andrews after she'd heard that he once described her as being, " sweet she probably has violets between her legs." Andrews was so entertained by the remark she sent Edwards a bunch of violets accompanied by a note. They began dating and later married.
16 The Honorary Oscar Award that he received in 2004 was presented to him by personal fan Jim Carrey.
17 Met actor David Niven, when Edwards was writing and directing films for Four Star Television, a production company partly owned by Niven.
18 When asked, "If you could work with one actor for the rest of your career, who would it be?" he answered, in a heartbeat, "Jack Lemmon.".
19 Was the original writer and director on City Heat (1984). He stepped aside as director after creative differences with star Clint Eastwood.
20 Grandson of silent screen director J. Gordon Edwards.
21 Grandfather of Hannah Schneider and Kayti Schneider.
22 Stepfather of Emma Walton.
23 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 302-310. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
24 Stepson of stage director and movie production manager Jack McEdward.
25 He adopted two children from Vietnam with Julie Andrews, Amy Edwards (b. 1974) and Joanna Edwards (b. 1975).
26 Former roommate of Mickey Rooney.
27 Suffered from CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
28 Father of Jennifer Edwards and Geoffrey Edwards.
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