As of 2007, he is one of six directors who has directed his wife to a Best Actress Oscar nomination (Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria (1982)). The other five are Joel Coen directing Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996), John Cassavetes directing Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) & Gloria (1980), Richard Brooks directing Jean Simmons in The Happy Ending (1969), Paul Czinner directing Elisabeth Bergner in Escape Me Never (1935) and Paul Newman directing Joanne Woodward in Rachel, Rachel (1968). Jules Dassin also directed his future wife
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 302-310. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Daughter, Amy Edwards, married rock musician Lauren Scheff on October 24, 2004. They are now divorced.
Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Audrey Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren.
Father-in-law of Sarah Haskins.
Former roommate of Mickey Rooney.
Grandfather of Hannah Schneider and Kayti Schneider.
Grandson of silent screen director J. Gordon Edwards.
Had originally signed to direct The Shadow on the Window (1957).
He adopted two children from Vietnam with Julie Andrews, Amy Edwards (b. 1974) and Joanna Edwards (b. 1975).
He has two great-grandchildren, Shaely and Kaden, from granddaughter Kayti.
His grandchildren are: Kayti and Hannah Schneider, from daughter Jennifer Edwards; Isabelle and Hank, from son Geoffrey Edwards; Max Scheff, from daughter Amy Edwards; and Sam and Hope, from stepdaughter Emma Walton.
His longtime friend (40 years) and publicist is Gene Schwam.
Met actor David Niven, when Edwards was writing and directing films for Four Star Television, a production company partly owned by Niven.
Met wife-to-be Julie Andrews after she'd heard that he once described her as being, "...so sweet she probably has violets between her legs." Andrews was so entertained by the remark she sent Edwards a bunch of violets accompanied by a note. They began dating and later married.
Stepfather of Emma Walton.
Stepfather-in-law of Steve Hamilton.