Anne V. Coates


Editor

About

Also Known As
Anne Coates-Hickox, Anne Voase Coates, Anne Coates
Birth Place
Surrey, England, GB
Born
December 12, 1925

Biography

A trailblazer for women in Hollywood's technical fields, Oscar winner Anne V. Coates edited more than 50 films in a 60-year career including "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "The Elephant Man" (1980) and "Out of Sight" (1998). Born in Reigate, England in 1925, Coates initially dreamed of becoming a race-horse trainer before William Wyler's "Wuthering Heights" (1939) inspired her to pursue a ...

Family & Companions

Douglas Hickox
Husband
Director. Died on July 25, 1988 at age 59.

Notes

"In some ways people know too much about how movies are made today. You know, they see everthing behind the scenes. I didn't even know what a piece of film looked like when I went into the cutting room for the first time."---Anne Coates quoted to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.

Biography

A trailblazer for women in Hollywood's technical fields, Oscar winner Anne V. Coates edited more than 50 films in a 60-year career including "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "The Elephant Man" (1980) and "Out of Sight" (1998). Born in Reigate, England in 1925, Coates initially dreamed of becoming a race-horse trainer before William Wyler's "Wuthering Heights" (1939) inspired her to pursue a career in film. Following a brief nursing stint treating WWII victims at ground-breaking plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe's hospital, Coates persuaded her initially reluctant uncle, and founder of the Rank film company, J. Arthur Rank, to help secure her a job fixing prints of religious shorts at Elstree Studios. Although her uncle hoped the position would deter her from filmmaking ambitions, it only encouraged her further. Coates then moved to Pinewood Studios where she served as a second assistant film editor to Michael Powell on "The End of the River" (1947) and "The Red Shoes" (1948) and received her first credit on "The Pickwick Papers" (1952). Coates went on to work on the likes of "Grand National Night" (1953), "To Paris with Love" (1955) and "Tunes of Glory" (1960), but her major breakthrough arrived when she was chosen to work with David Lean on the historical epic, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962). Coates had to trim down an astonishing 31 miles of footage during the arduous editing process, but was rewarded for her efforts with a Best Film Editing Oscar. After picking up another Academy Award nod for her work on "Becket" (1964), Coates added the likes of "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965), "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) and "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976) to her filmography, and also served as producer on supernatural thriller "The Medusa Touch" (1978). Coates added to her tally of Oscar nominations with "The Elephant Man" (1980), "In the Line of Fire" (1992) and "Out of Sight" (1998), worked on several other awards favorites including "Chaplin" (1992), "Erin Brockovich" (2000) and "Unfaithful" (2002), and eventually moved into digital editing with sci-fi adaptation "Congo" (1995). Coates was awarded an OBE for her services to the film industry in 2003, later received lifetime accolades at the Oscars, BAFTAs and Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and continued to work well into her eighties on films such as "The Golden Compass" (2007), "Extraordinary Measures" (2010) and "Fifty Shades of Grey" (2015). She passed away at Los Angeles' Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in 2018, aged 92, leaving behind sons Anthony and James and daughter Emma, all three of whom also enjoyed careers as film directors or editors.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Side by Side (2012)
Herself

Producer (Feature Film)

The Medusa Touch (1978)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Editor
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Editor
Catch and Release (2007)
Editor
The Golden Compass (2007)
Editor
Taking Lives (2004)
Editor
Unfaithful (2002)
Editor
Sweet November (2001)
Editor
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Editing
FAIL SAFE (2000)
Editor
FAIL SAFE (2000)
Editing
Passion of Mind (2000)
Editor
Out of Sight (1998)
Editor
Out to Sea (1997)
Editor
Striptease (1996)
Editor
Congo (1995)
Editor
Pontiac Moon (1994)
Editor
In the Line of Fire (1993)
Editor
Chaplin (1992)
Editor
What About Bob? (1991)
Editor
I Love You To Death (1990)
Editor
Listen To Me (1989)
Editor
Farewell to the King (1989)
Editor
Masters Of The Universe (1987)
Editor
Lady Jane (1986)
Editor
Raw Deal (1986)
Editor
Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984)
Editor
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
Editor
Ragtime (1981)
Editor
The Elephant Man (1980)
Editor
The Legacy (1979)
Editor
The Medusa Touch (1978)
Editor Supervisor
Aces High (1977)
Editor
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Editor
Man Friday (1975)
Editor
11 Harrowhouse (1974)
Editor
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Editor
Catholics (1973)
Editor
The Nelson Affair (1973)
Editor
A War of Children (1972)
Editor
Friends (1971)
Editor
The Adventurers (1970)
Film Editor
Great Catherine (1968)
Film Editor
The Bofors Gun (1968)
Film Editor
Hotel Paradiso (1966)
Film Editor
Young Cassidy (1965)
Film Editor
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; or How I Flew From London to Paris in 25 Hours and 11 Minutes (1965)
Film Editor
Becket (1964)
Film Editor
Why Bother To Knock (1964)
Film Editor
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Film Editor
Tunes of Glory (1960)
Editing
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
Editing
The Truth About Women (1958)
Editor
Wicked Wife (1956)
Film Editor
To Paris With Love (1955)
Editor
Forbidden Cargo (1954)
Editor
The Pickwick Papers (1954)
Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Side by Side (2012)
Other
The Bushido Blade (1982)
Creative Consultant

Life Events

1952

Received first editing credit on "The Pickwick Papers"

1960

Edited "Tunes of Glory"

1962

Received Best Film Editing Academy Award for work on "Lawence of Arabia", directed by David Lean

1964

Received Oscar nomination for editing of "Becket", helmed by Peter Glenville

1966

Reteamed with Glenville for "Hotel Paradiso"

1968

Initial collaboration with director Jack Gold, "The Bofors Gun"

1970

First American production, "The Adventurers"

1974

Edited "Murder on the Orient Express"

1975

Reteamed with Gold on "Man Friday"

1978

Producer and editorial supervisor, "The Medusa Touch"; last feature collaboration with Jack Gold

1980

Received third Best Film Editing Academy Award for "The Elephant Man"

1982

Cut the musical film "The Pirates of Penzance"

1984

Was editor on "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes"

1990

Cut Lawrence Kasdan's black comedy "I Love You to Death"

1992

Served as editor on Richard Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"

1993

Earned fourth Oscar nomination for her editing of the drama "In the Line of Fire"

1995

Served as editor on the jungle adventure "Congo"

1998

Garnered fifth Academy Award nomination for her superb editing of "Out of Sight", directed by Steven Soderbergh

2000

Reunited with Soderbergh to cut "Erin Brockovich"

2001

Edited the romantic drama "Sweet November"

2002

Cut the Adrian Lyne-helmed thriller "Unfaithful"

2004

Edited the crime drama "Taking Lives"

2006

Was editor on the drama "Catch and Release"

2007

Edited the fantasy adaptation "The Golden Compass"

2010

Edited family drama "Extraordinary Measures"

2015

Cut her final film, "Fifty Shades of Grey"

Videos

Movie Clip

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Aqaba Peter O'Toole (title character) has intimated that he and colleagues (Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn) were less-than sober for the glorious raid on Aqaba, Jordan, actually shot in Spain, in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - My Name Is For My Friends Remarkable tension and photography by Freddie Young, as Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and Tafas (Zia Mohyeddin) meet Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) in a famous scene from David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Did You Know Him Well? Joining director David Lean’s opening after credits, Peter O’Toole (title character) meets his end, then shooting a soundstage interior but real exterior of St. Paul’s, London, Anthony Quayle, Jack Hawkins and Arthur Kennedy among the mourners, from Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Young Cassidy (1965) - Damn Poverty Altogether Cassidy (Rod Taylor, his role based on writer Sean O'Casey) learns of another death, commiserates with Mick (Philip O'Flynn) then joins fellow Irish rebels (Eddie Golden as "Captain White"), in 1911 Dublin, in Young Cassidy, 1965, directed by Jack Cardiff, who replaced the ailing John Ford.
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) - Bedouins And Gods Cairo commander General Murray (Donald Wolfit) just about tolerates Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) and diplomat Dryden (Claude Rains), arranging his assignment, ending with a famous edit, in David Lean's Lawrence Of Arabia, 1962.
Great Catherine (1968) - Hands Off You Swine! Brit captain Edstaston (Peter O'Toole, also co-producer), in Petersburg to brief the empress on the American revolution, meets apparently dissolute Prince Patiomkin (Zero Mostel) and niece (Marie Kean), Akim Tamiroff and Jack Hawkins in support, in the Bernard Shaw adaptation Great Catherine, 1968.
Great Catherine (1968) - Men Have Grown Sober In Siberia Jeanne Moreau (title character) having arisen amid her court in Petersburg, tangles with an aide (Kenneth Griffith) and others before her ruffian cousin Patiomkin (Zero Mostel) delivers the outraged British envoy (Peter O'Toole), in Great Catherine, 1968, from the George Bernard Shaw play.
Elephant Man, The (1980) - Pray To God He's An Idiot Treves (Anthony Hopkins), having gained the cooperation of John Merrick (John Hurt, title character), shows his find to a society of fellow doctors in 1884 London, later conferring with Fox (John Standing), in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980.
Truth About Women, The (1958) Marooned In A Lift Opening another flashback, Sir Humphrey (Laurence Harvey) entering a set representing London's Mayfair House, meeting Helen (Julie Harris) by accident, inventive shots from director Muriel Box, in The Truth About Women, 1958.

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Family

James Hickox
Son
Director.
Emma Hickox
Daughter
Editor.
Anthony Hickox
Son
Director.

Companions

Douglas Hickox
Husband
Director. Died on July 25, 1988 at age 59.

Bibliography

Notes

"In some ways people know too much about how movies are made today. You know, they see everthing behind the scenes. I didn't even know what a piece of film looked like when I went into the cutting room for the first time."---Anne Coates quoted to Los Angeles Magazine, November 2004.