Traveled with expatriate American parents in Algiers, Portugal, the West Indies and South America during early childhood before settling in Aruba
Returned to USA to live in suburban New Jersey at age 15
Took first film job in New York, working for "an old hack who was butchering the films of Fellini and Truffaut" for TV broadcast
Co-edited "Passages From James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake"
Initial collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "Who's That Knockin' at My Door?"
With Scorsese, served as editorial supervisor on the documentary "Woodstock"; though only Schoonmaker was cited in the Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing
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
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
Cut "The King of Comedy"
Was editor of the controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ"
Received Academy Award nomination for editing "GoodFellas"
Cut "The Age of Innocence"
Served as supervising editor of Allison Anders' "Grace of My Heart", executive produced by Scorsese
Edited the biopic of the Dalai Lama, "Kundun"
Again worked with Scorsese on "Bringing Out the Dead"
Edited Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
Won second Oscar editing the Howard Hughes biopic "The Aviator" for director by Martin Scorsese
Won third Oscar working with Scorsese on "The Departed"