Breakfast at Tiffany's writer George Axelrod has died in his sleep of heart failure, aged 81.

Axelrod, who earned an OSCAR nomination for Breakfast At Tiffany's, was the son of silent movie star BETTY CARPENTER and wrote over 400 TV and film scripts, including his breakthrough adaptation of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, which Billy Wilder directed in 1955 with Marilyn Monroe as the lead star.

Axelrod, father to producer and writer JONATHAN and actress NINA, also wrote celebrated 1962 drama The Manchurian Candidate.

Nina says of his passing, "He ended his life very peacefully in his home overlooking Los Angeles. He was very happy."

23/06/2003 17:02