Quentin Tarantino's Longtime Editor Sally Menke Found Dead

September 28, 2010
Source: LA Times

Sally Menke

There are plenty of people who regard Quentin Tarantino as a truly unique and visionary director, but someone had to piece all of his crazy ideas that he put onto celluloud into one cohesive motion picture. That person was Academy Award nominated editor Sally Menke who collaborated with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, the Kill Bill double feature, DeathProof and Inglourious Basterds. Tragically, The LA Times reports the 56 year-old editor was found dead in the Beachwood Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles presumably succumbing to the record heat that struck the city yesterday.

Menke had gone jogging in the morning, but her friends began worrying when she hadn't returned home later in the evening. Though not confirmed it is believed the stagnant heat caused to to collapse and fall into a nearby ravine. Her body was found around 2am this morning with her dog sitting loyally at her side. In addition to her work on Tarantino's films, Menke also lent her editing talents to the first adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mullholland Falls and Peacock. She was currently hard at work on editing Michel Gondry's big screen take on The Green Hornet, so it's unclear who will take over her responsibilities. Our thoughts go out to Ms. Menke's friends and family during this hard time.

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments


This is sad news indeed, I give my best to her family. I wonder how Tarantino is gonna take this, you don't work on so many films together and not form a strong friendship. She'll be missed, Tarantino's films will never be the same without Sally Menke's master editing skills.

Xerxex on Sep 28, 2010



Al on Sep 28, 2010


wow. that is tragic. Great editors are hard to come by, and she was one (as evidence by Tarantino's films) that also knew rhythm, something many editors don't know. she will be missed.

Dave13 on Sep 28, 2010


The whole dog at her side made it that much more depressing...

Nicknackems on Sep 28, 2010


One of the best editors of all time--no questions asked. Every Tarantino movie has such a unique, special rhythm; she understood that editing is different than just throwing shots in a blender, a la a Michael Bay movie. A true talent, she will be missed.

DinoChow on Sep 28, 2010


bye sally:(

pulp fiction212 on Sep 28, 2010


I just wanted to say "Thank You!" to Sally for all her hard work and contribution to the art of Cinéma we know and love today... My heartfelt condolences to your friends, family & loved ones.

McQueen on Sep 28, 2010


All the best to her family and friends. She wasn't a household name but she is responsible for some of my favorite movies turning out the way they did. She will be missed. I tend to make jokes to add levity to these sort of things, but this time it seemed really inappropriate.

Mark D on Sep 28, 2010


It's sad to see someone like Sally Menke pass away. I wish the best for her family and friends. She will be missed. I love all of Tarantino's movies and I know she had a great deal in making them.

Efrain on Sep 28, 2010


This breaks my heart!!! R.I.P Sally we will remember you!

jeffrey Lamar on Sep 28, 2010


Rest in Peace Sally Menke an incredible editor and it is truly heartbreaking that she passed away. She will be missed and I wish the best to her family.

ben chacko on Sep 28, 2010


Sad, sad, sad! RIP, your skills will be missed.

Justin on Sep 29, 2010


That's a shame indeed.

Crapola on Sep 29, 2010


This is so terrible!!! What the of the best editors of our sad, such a wonderfully gifted artist. So sad for her family and friends for their loss, and Quentin must be devastated...

LINKFX on Sep 29, 2010


This shook me up a bit. Sally is an amazing filmmaker and she will be missed. Way too soon for her passing.

Lisa on Sep 29, 2010


That's a horrible way to go, she really was an overlooked talent.

DiR3cT on Oct 7, 2010

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