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      Anne V. Coates

      Anne V. Coates

      Highest Rated: 94% Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

      Lowest Rated: 15% Sweet November (2001)

      Birthday: Dec 12, 1925

      Birthplace: Reigate, Surrey, England, UK

      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.


      Anne V. Coates at arrivals for The Academyís 8th Annual Governors Awards 2016, The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA November 12, 2016. Photo By: David Longendyke/Everett Collection



      25% 41% Fifty Shades of Grey Film Editing $166.1M 2015
      29% 53% Extraordinary Measures Film Editing $11.9M 2010
      42% 51% The Golden Compass Film Editing $70.1M 2007
      22% 55% Catch and Release Film Editing $15.3M 2006
      22% 54% Taking Lives Film Editing $32.7M 2004
      50% 68% Unfaithful Film Editing $52.8M 2002
      15% 76% Sweet November Film Editing $25.2M 2001
      19% 51% Passion of Mind Film Editing $769.0K 2000
      85% 81% Erin Brockovich Film Editing $125.5M 2000
      94% 74% Out of Sight Film Editing $37.5M 1998
      36% 52% Out to Sea Film Editing $28.0M 1997
      82% 79% What About Bob? Film Editing $63.5M 1991
      58% 63% I Love You to Death Film Editing $14.9M 1990
      55% 54% Farewell to the King Film Editing $2.0M 1989
      20% 68% Listen to Me Film Editing $3.8M 1989
      22% 41% Masters of the Universe Film Editing $16.3M 1987
      31% 29% Raw Deal Film Editing $14.8M 1986
      56% 76% Lady Jane Film Editing $132.0K 1986
      81% 83% The Pirates of Penzance Film Editing - 1983
      92% 93% The Elephant Man Film Editing - 1980
      19% 24% The Legacy Film Editing - 1979
      67% 67% The Eagle Has Landed Film Editing - 1976
      90% 78% Murder on the Orient Express Film Editing - 1974
      No Score Yet 46% Young Cassidy Film Editing - 1965
      75% 87% Becket Film Editing - 1964
      94% 93% Lawrence of Arabia Film Editing $6.0M 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Bother to Knock Film Editing - 1961
      73% 78% Tunes of Glory Film Editing - 1960