Eve Newman, longtime music and film editor who was twice nominated for an Oscar, died Oct. 10 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, Calif. from complications related to lung cancer. She was 88.
Southern Calif. native began her industry career in the 1930s as an animator at the Mouse House, where she worked on such classic pics as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
In the 1950s, she shifted her focus to music editing, cutting music on several pics, including “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Flight to Mars” and, her personal favorite, “Some Like It Hot.”
Newman then began her enduring career in film editing, where she is credited with pioneering a new style of editing, that was featured in American International Pictures’ “Beach” pics “Beach Party,” “Muscle Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo.”
In 1968, she received her first Oscar nom, for “Wild on the Streets.” She picked up her second nom less than a decade later for 1976’s “Two Minute Warning.”
Newman, involved in numerous professional orgs, was a longstanding member of ACE and served a term as the org’s VP. She was also a member of the Editors Guild and played an active role in AMPAS, serving on the Board of Governors from 1986 to 1989, co-chairing the membership screening committee, chairing the film editors’ branch of the exec committee and working on the exec committee for the Student Academy Awards.
She is survived by a son.