Four Legendary Female Editors

by ElMaruecan82 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

While there's been a lot of talk lately about the way female directors tended to be overlooked over the course of history, it's interesting to remember that many *male* directors availed themselves of the services of *female* editors to achieve their vision (and let's not forget that editing is as integral to the success of a movie as the directorial job).

Having said that, let's pay tribute to a few female editors, a "Big Four" that made history through their editing talent and whose legacies might have been overshadowed by the directors' "big" names.

Which of the Big Four of female editors has the most impressive body of work?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

1. Thelma Schoonmaker

Editor | The Departed

Thelma Schoonmaker was born on January 3, 1940 in Algiers, Algeria as Thelma Colbert Schoonmaker. She is an editor, known for The Departed (2006), The Irishman (2019) and Raging Bull (1980). She was previously married to Michael Powell.

Woodstock's editor and Martin Scorsese's regular editor: Raging Bull (OSCAR), Goodfellas, Casino, The Aviator (OSCAR),The Departed (OSCAR), The Wolf of Wall Street, The Irishman etc.

2. Dede Allen

Editor | Dog Day Afternoon

Dede Allen started her career as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She graduated to being a sound cutter and assistant editor. Her first job as a film editor was for director Robert Wise, and since then, she has achieved a reputation as one of the most stylish and creative editors in the American ...

The Hustler, America, America, New Hollywood's groundbreaking editor with Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, other works include Reds, The Breakfast Club, Wonder Boys etc.

3. Verna Fields

Editor | Jaws

Verna Fields was born on March 21, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Verna Hellman. She is known for her work on Jaws (1975), American Graffiti (1973) and Paper Moon (1973). She was married to Sam Fields. She died on November 30, 1982 in Encino, California, USA.

New Hollywood's groundbreaking editor with American Graffiti, Track of Thunder, The Wild Racers, What's Up Doc?, has achieved her career through a prestigious and deserved OSCAR win for the first classic blockbuster: Jaws.

4. Sally Menke

Editor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Sally Menke was born on December 17, 1953 in Mineola, New York, USA as Sally JoAnne Menke. She was an editor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). She was married to Dean Parisot. She died on September 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Changed the rules of narrative as Quentin Tarantino's regular editor: with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction and exploited his taste for overly-stylized and highly-suspenseful action-packed scenes and explosive climaxes in the Kill Bill series, Death Proof and her final contribution: Inglourious Basterds

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