Tarantino Film Editor Dies During LA Heat-Wave Hike

Sally Menke worked with director beginning with Reservoir Dogs
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
Updated Sep 29, 2010 5:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Renowned movie editor Sally Menke, 56, was found dead after going for a hike in the Hollywood Hills during yesterday's record-breaking heat wave. Investigators believe she became disoriented in the extreme heat and suspect heat stroke was the cause of her death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Her severely dehydrated dog was found next to her body.

Menke, 56, was best known for editing every Quentin Tarantino movie beginning with Reservoir Dogs. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work on Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. "She was truly a brilliant editor," said film editor Joan Sobel. "I learned a lot from Sally. She just loved editing and loved working with Quentin. They had a truly unique relationship."

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