Blake Edwards--the director of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, The Great Race, 10, and a real mixed bag of Pink Panther films--died this morning at 88.
Edwards was known primarily for his talent at capturing slapstick comedy--a reputation he wasn't entirely comfortable with--and it was a skill he shared with his frequent collaborator, Peter Sellers. Despite having a contentious relationship, the two worked together on multiple Pink Panther films, as well as The Party, a bizarre film originally meant to be silent and later written on-set when they decided scenes of Sellers bumbling around as an Indian actor could use a little dialogue. In 1969, he married actress Julie Andrews--with whom he would shoot Victor Victoria and S.O.B.--and she was reportedly at his bedside when he died.
Seeing that Edwards made his share of poorly-received Inspector Clouseau films, I suppose we can't place all the blame of his death on the shoulders of Steve Martin in The Pink Panther 2. But let's at least place a little.