After spending 41 years together, when Edwards died, the grief of his loss socked her in the gut.
Finding love is not an easy task, but when you find the one you're meant to be with forever, the wait becomes worth it. The years that pass with your loved ones are just moments you never want to let go of and deeply treasure. You learn to value the trust, loyalty, and devotion that is put into the relationship. And when you lose them, the grief engulfs you, and the idea of moving on looks impossible.
When legendary actress Julie Andrews, 84, lost her husband, director Blake Edwards, in December 2010, she was heartbroken beyond words. Most famously known for his comedies and musicals, Edwards, 88, was an actor and writer who will forever be remembered for the creation and slapstick direction of the Pink Panther movies.
He was awarded the honorary Oscar in 2004 for his wide spectrum of work on different subject matters including Operation Petticoat (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), and Days of Wine and Roses (1962), noted The Hollywood Reporter.
Andrews reminisced her "love story" on Good Morning Britain in 2015, held in honor of The Sound Of Music's 50th anniversary, and how she met Edwards for the first time outside their therapist's office in 1964. "...I was going one way and he was going the other, he rolled down the window after smiling a couple of times and he said, 'Are you going where I just came from?'" reported the Daily Mail.
While Andrew found it "corny," Edwards thought the moment to be "wonderfully Hollywood." Country Living reported him saying, "We would stop in the middle lane on Sunset [Boulevard, in Beverly Hills] waiting for traffic and then go on," he recalled. "I kept looking over, two or three mornings a week...eventually I said 'hi.'"
13 years senior to Andrews, the couple didn't seem to mind the age difference. They were also previously married and divorced when they met. It seemed like fate had knitted the events together for this power couple to meet. The Sound of Music actress recalled talking to The Hollywood Reporter that out of the many projects the couple had done together, some of them bombed but their professional life never affected their admiration and love for each other. "I knew that you couldn't do hit after hit after hit." Adding about Edwards, she said, "We had bonded so much that it didn't matter. They were all great," she wistfully remembered.
Edwards and Andrews began their life together as husband and wife in 1969 and were together for 41 years until his passing. Though Edwards was very charismatic and interesting and had a dark sense of humor that Andrews loved, she recalled him as a very depressive personality. "I knew him very well, and he knew me very well — we were married for 41 years before he passed — but he did have horrible bouts of depression, and he wrote more and more biographically the longer our lives together went on,” reported Variety.
On Good Morning Britain in 2015, the Marry Poppins actress revealed that after Edwards passed away after a bout with pneumonia, she still longed for his presence. "We were married 41 years and it was a love story, it was. Success in our marriage was to take it one day at a time and so, lo and behold, 41 years later there we still were. I'm still dealing with [his death]," she said.
She added, "There are days when it's perfectly wonderful and I am myself and then it's suddenly—sock you in the middle of your gut and you think 'ah God I wish he were here.'" But, loved ones don't really leave us ever, do they? "But he is in a way, I think one carries that love always."
Having a blended family in the 1970s was a rare sight in Hollywood and to everyone's shock, Edwards and Andrews managed to build one. They had six kids, Andrews' daughter Emma and Edwards' children, Jennifer and Geoffrey. They later adopted daughters, Amy and Joanna, from Vietnam, in 1974 and 1975, respectively. They soon moved to Switzerland after they realized that they needed a break from the glitz and glamour to focus on their family.
According to Country Living, in the eyes of Andrews, Edwards was an individual who exorcised his "demons" through writing and the director was "one of the bravest writers" she knew. Not only did he understand the true talent and potential of his wife but supported her to grow as well.
The love and respect that the two had for each other were exceptional and it reflected in their relationship. Andrews loved the creative soul that her husband, Blake Edwards was.