' husband, "Pink Panther" creator Blake Edwards, has died at the age of 88. The director, writer and producer passed away at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on Wednesday night, December 15 after suffering complications from pneumonia. His wife and other family members were by his bedside, according to his longtime publicist, Gene Schwam.
Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Edwards began his career as an actor and screenwriter, penning seven scripts for late actor/filmmaker Richard Quine. He landed his big break on Orson Welles' production of War of the Worlds and went on to create screenplays for detective series "Richard Diamond", "Private Detective" and "Peter Gunn". He later established himself as a director, working with Audrey Hepburn to bring Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to the big screen in 1961, before taking on "Days of Wine and Roses" in 1962.