Sally Menke

Dec. 17, 1953 – Sept. 27, 2010

Sally Menke

"Editors are the quiet heroes of movies," said Sally to The Observer in December 2009, "And I like it that way." Sally Menke, the one-and-only editor Mr. Quentin Tarantino has insisted on working with on all his features, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award: "Pulp Fiction" (1994), and last year’s "Inglourious Basterds.”

Sally was editor on 22 movies, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Heaven & Earth” and "All The Pretty Horses,” the latter of which the acclaimed editor also executive-produced. Writing for Movie City News, David Poland said he last saw her at Sony, fixing next year’s “The Green Hornet.” Sally can be seen talking about the love for her craft in Wendy Apple’s 2004 documentary, “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing.”

Born in Mineola, NY, Sally graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Talking to Jason Solomons at The Observer as she remembered how she first got involved with Tarantino's “Reservoir Dogs,” Sally said that she thought the script “was amazing. It floored me. Scorsese was a hero of mine, especially as he used a female editor in Thelma Schoonmaker, and this script just had that tone.”

More than just an editor and collaborator with Mr. Tarantino, working shoulder-to-shoulder with him in the editing room, Sally had become his dear friend. Sally (JoAnne) Menke is survived by her husband, Dean Parisot, her children, Lucas and Isabella, her sister, Sue Mason, and her faithful black Labrador, Zoe — a true friend. Sally will be missed by all.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to one of the following charities that the family has chosen:

Sundance Foundation

To honor Sally Menke's memory and her contribution as a Mentor to the work of emerging filmmakers and editors, an Editing Fellowship in Sally's name has been established by the Sundance Institute. Details on how to contribute to the Fellowship will be available by the end of the week. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Satter at

Amanda Foundation

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LA Foodbank

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