Dede Allen expires at 86

MUMBAI: Film editor Dede Allen who bagged three Academy award nominations for her work in film died last Saturday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. She was 86.

In 1967, Allen became the first film editor to receive sole credit on a film -- in addition to garnering an Academy Award nomination -- for her work on the classic Bonnie and Clyde. Long regarded as one of Hollywood‘s most creative film editors, the Ohio native also earned Oscar noms for her work on 1975‘s Dog Day Afternoon, Reds and most recently for Wonder Boys which marked her return to editing following a nearly eight-year stint as head of post-production at Warner Bros.

Allen began her career at Columbia Pictures was mentored by director-producer-editor Robert Wise who edited Citizen Kane. She brought in ground breaking stylistic elements to her work, including pioneering the use of audio overlays and using sound to help seamlessly segue scenes.

Allen is survived by husband Stephen E. Fleischman, son Tom Fleischman and daughter Ramey Ward.

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