Cinema editors tap Cahn, Fowler for career nods

Veteran film editors Dann Cahn and Marge Fowler have been selected as this year’s winners of the American Cinema Editors’ Career Achievement Awards.

Cahn and Fowler will receive the honors Feb. 27 during the organization’s 50th Annual Eddie Awards ceremonies. ACE, which began bestowing career achievement awards in 1988, has already named James Cameron to receive the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award at the ceremony.

Stint with Pentagon

Cahn began his editing career in 1941 as an apprentice at Universal Studios and later became an assistant editor on “Pittsburgh.” After entering the military, he edited for the Pentagon during World War II. After the war, he edited “Lucky Strike Theatre,” the first 35mm film show on television, then became editorial supervisor for Desilu Productions for 10 years and edited more than 100 episodes of “I Love Lucy.”

Cahn later became an associate producer and director at Revue Studios and worked as a producer, editor and director many times. He edited the pilot episode of “Remington Steele” and received an Eddie Award and Emmy nomination for the TV show “DEA” in 1990.

Former story analyst

Fowler studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and entered the film industry in 1937 and became a story analyst in 1941 before switching to film editing in 1942. Her first editing assignment was “Woman in the Window” and she worked on dozens of films including “The Three Faces of Eve,” “Elmer Gantry,” “Separate Tables” and “Doctor Dolittle,” for which she received an Oscar nomination.

She also edited TV series including “The Bob Cummings Show,” “The Burns and Allen Show,” “Death Valley Days” and “China Smith” and telefilms such as “The Blue Knights,” “The Prince of Central Park” and “The Marva Collins Story,” for which she received an Eddie in 1982. It was her sixth Eddie nomination.

Fowler is the daughter of the late screenwriter Nunnally Johnson. Her husband was film editor Gene Fowler, who died last year and received an Oscar nomination for “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.”

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