Overlooked No More: Dorothy Spencer, Film Editor Sought Out by Big Directors

From a New York Times story by Gavin Edwards headlined “Overlooked No More: Dorothy Spencer, Film Editor Sought Out by Big Directors”:

When Dorothy Spencer was asked what it took to become a film editor, her answer was always the same: patience.

In a five-decade career, she worked as an editor on more than 70 movies and received four Academy Award nominations across a range of genres: the Oscar-winning 1939 western “Stagecoach”; the espionage thriller “Decision Before Dawn” (1951); the costume epic “Cleopatra” (1963); and the disaster movie “Earthquake” (1974). She was sought out by directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Joseph L. Mankiewicz for her deft touch, both with fight scenes and with subtle character moments.