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Edwards bags mystery nod

Honoree: 'I didn't invent anything... I stole it.'

Julie Andrews presented her husband, multihyphenate Blake Edwards, with the Marlowe Award for more than five decades of writing for radio, TV and motion picture during a Sunday luncheon at the Friar’s Club in Beverly Hills.

The SoCal chapter of the Mystery Writers Assn. unanimously voted to make Edwards the third recipient of the lifetime achievement award for his enduring contribution to the crime genre in works such as “Peter Gunn,” “Experiment in Terror” and “The Pink Panther.” However, chapter prexy Bob Levinson pointed out that Edwards’ achievements could not be complete without mentioning his non-crime works such as “Victor/Victoria” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Edwards accepted his kudos with a mixture of modesty and sharp, biting humor. “I didn’t invent anything,” said Edwards. ” I stole it.” When asked by Levinson if he considered himself a writer, producer or director, Edwards was quick to respond: “I always said I was a writer. Without writers there is no movie.”

Also attending were last year’s winner William Link, past MWA prexy Gar Anthony Haywood, producer Ken Wales and critic Dick Adler.