George Axelrod, writer of stage, screen sex comedies, dies LOS ANGELES Playwright George Axelrod, who anticipated the sexual revolution with "The Seven Year Itch" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter" and later wrote screenplays for such films as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Manchurian Candidate," died on Saturday. He was 81. Axelrod died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home of heart failure, said his daughter, Nina Axelrod. "He ended his life very peacefully in his home overlooking Los Angeles," she said. "He was very happy." More here.