Booth, Margaret (1898–2002)

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Booth, Margaret (1898–2002)

American film editor. Name variations: (nickname) Maggie. Born Jan 14 (some sources cite 16th), 1898, in Los Angeles, California; died Oct 28, 2002, in Los Angeles; sister of actor Elmer Booth; graduate of Los Angeles High School.

Supervising editor at MGM (1937–68), led a pioneering career that spanned 70 years; started as a cutter for D.W. Griffith; edited such classics as The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Romeo and Juliet and Camille; nominated for Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935); other films include Bringing Up Father (1927), In Old Kentucky (1927), Susan Lenox, Her Fall and Rise (1931), Smilin' Through (1932), Strange Interlude (1932), A Yank at Oxford (1937), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), The Way We Were (1973), Funny Lady (1975), Sunshine Boys (1975), Murder by Death (1976), The Goodbye Girl (1977), California Suite (1978), Chapter Two (1979) and Annie (1982). Received honorary Academy Award (1977) and granted Lifetime Achievement Award by American Cinema Editors (1990).

See also Women in World History.