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Blake Edwards, Victor Victoria, and Me

Blake Edwards & Julie Andrews

Victor Victoria came out in 1982. I was 14-years-old and I watched it with my dad (my mom must have been there, too), but I remember so clearly laughing at something in it and realizing that my father and I were laughing at the same thing. It was like I was a kid and almost like a grown up all at once.

Blake Edwards produced that movie which was about a woman who dressed up as a man who dressed up as a woman in order to get a job.  Julie Andrews, his wife, was the star.   When it came out, I knew that women dressed like men and men like women sometimes. Tootsie came out that same year after all.  But it wasn’t the same. Because in Victor Victoria a woman was pretending to make her mark and that was big. To take her place in the world, women sometimes had to go farther than men.

In fact, when I think about movies I’d like to watch with my kids, Blake Edwards movies top the list.  Well, that’s because Edwards produced The Pink Panther movies starring Peter Sellers and who doesn’t want to watch those again?  My kids already love the cartoons. And truthfully, I haven’t seen Victor Victoria since I was 14, of course I want to see it again!

Sellers also produced Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  He and Andrews were married in 1968 (the year I was born) and they had five children.  He will be missed by his family, and his work will endure.

What movies from your childhood do you want to share with your kids?

photo credit: ruggedelegantliving.com

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