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Also Known As: Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell Died:
Born: January 3, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Algeria Profession: editor, assistant director, film consultant

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Ever since her Oscar-worthy cutting on "Raging Bull" (1980) - arguably one of the greatest films ever made - editor Thelma Schoonmaker enjoyed an exclusive working relationship - as well as a close friendship - with director Martin Scorsese. Not since the partnership between director Billy Wilder and writer I.A.L. Diamond has there been collaboration as creatively fruitful and personally fulfilling. Soft-spoken and decidedly low-key, Schoonmaker has been the polar opposite of her excitable and demonstrative counterpart, allowing for a symbiosis of equal footing in the editing room; two sides of the same coin that together produced some of the most iconic films in recent memory.

Ever since her Oscar-worthy cutting on "Raging Bull" (1980) - arguably one of the greatest films ever made - editor Thelma Schoonmaker enjoyed an exclusive working relationship - as well as a close friendship - with director Martin Scorsese. Not since the partnership between director Billy Wilder and writer I.A.L. Diamond has there been collaboration as creatively fruitful and personally fulfilling. Soft-spoken and decidedly low-key, Schoonmaker has been the polar opposite of her excitable and demonstrative counterpart, allowing for a symbiosis of equal footing in the editing room; two sides of the same coin that together produced some of the most iconic films in recent memory.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Woodstock (1970) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad 25 (2012)
3.
 Glorious Technicolor (1998) Interviewee
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Traveled with expatriate American parents in Algiers, Portugal, the West Indies and South America during early childhood before settling in Aruba
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Returned to USA to live in suburban New Jersey at age 15
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Took first film job in New York, working for "an old hack who was butchering the films of Fellini and Truffaut" for TV broadcast
1967:
Co-edited "Passages From James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake"
1967:
Initial collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "Who's That Knockin' at My Door?"
1970:
With Scorsese, served as editorial supervisor on the documentary "Woodstock"; though only Schoonmaker was cited in the Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing
1970:
Spent a decade working on various projects as a non-union editor, including a documentary on the American Revolution that was never completed, a public-TV show on the Supreme Court, a CBS special documentary of a Paul McCartney tour, and a mountaineering piece that was also not completed but did receive screenings
1980:
Joined the film editors' union and cut her first commercial release Scorsese's "Raging Bull"; became sixth woman to recieve the Best Film Editing Academy Award; became Scorsese's editor of choice
1983:
Cut "The King of Comedy"
1988:
Was editor of the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"
1990:
Received Academy Award nomination for editing "GoodFellas"
1993:
Cut "The Age of Innocence"
1996:
Served as supervising editor of Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", executive produced by Scorsese
1997:
Edited the biopic of the Dalai Lama, "Kundun"
1999:
Again worked with Scorsese on "Bringing Out the Dead"
2002:
Edited Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
2004:
Won second Oscar editing the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" for director by Martin Scorsese
2006:
Won third Oscar working with Scorsese on "The Departed"
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Education

Cornell University: Ithaca , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Some sources list 1945 as her birthyear.

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husband:
Michael Powell. Director. Married from May 1984 until his death on February 19, 1990; introduced to one another by Martin Scorsese.

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