Blake Edwards, the prolific film-maker behind some of the most memorable comedies of the past four decades, died on Wednesday 15 in Santa Monica from complications related to pneumonia. He was 88.

Edwards started his career as a writer and went on to compile a classy filmography as a director that included Breakfast At Tiffany’s, eight Pink Panther films, 10 and another Peter Sellers collaboration in The Party.

Edwards earned his sole Academy Award nomination in 1983 for Victor Victoria starring his longtime wife Julie Andrews, who was by his side with the film-maker’s immediate family when he died.

The film-maker received an honorary Oscar in 2004.