Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winning film editor Anne V. Coates, widely considered one of the greatest in her field whose many credits include such disparate works as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Elephant Man” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has died. She was 92.

A representative from Coates’ talent agency WME Entertainment said Wednesday that she passed away Tuesday at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

The niece of British film mogul J. Arthur Rank, she tried to break into the industry in the 1950s as a director, but soon turned to editing, a line of work more open for women.

She went on to edit dozens of films during a 60-year career and savored collaborations with Clint Eastwood, David Lean and Steven Soderbergh. Her films included historical epics (“Lawrence of Arabia”), art-house favorites (“The Elephant Man”), light comedy (“What About Bob?”) and sexier fare (“Fifty Shades of Grey”).

Perhaps her most famous edit is the “match cut” in “Lawrence of Arabia,” which juxtaposes a shot of Lawrence blowing out a match with one of the sun rising on the desert horizon. It’s a cut that’s even said to have inspired Steven Spielberg to make films.

She married director Douglas Hickox in 1958 and had three children, all of whom work in the film industry. Sons Anthony Hickox and James D. R. Hickox are directors and daughter Emma Hickox is an editor.