Sally Menke, longtime Tarantino editor, dies at 56

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
September 28th, 2010

Sally Menke, longtime editor for Quentin Tarantino, was found dead in Beachwood Canyon in Los Angeles, according to reports.

Yesterday, the editing legend was hiking with her dog, and when she never returned, police were alerted and after an extensive search, her body was found in a ravine. She was 56.

While people may remember Tarantino’s filmography for other reasons, Menke’s work as longtime collaborator and editor will always be an integral part as to what made Tarantino’s first seven feature films the masterful collection of films that they truly are. She won acclaim for her Oscar-nominated work on PULP FICTION and INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, but it’s this entire canon that will go down as a collection of some of the best edited pieces of cinema of the era. 

She was an immensely gifted talent who has been taken from us far too soon, and one that will surely be missed.

A cause of death hasn’t been reported, so we will have more on this as details come in.

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