MPEG honors film editor Dede Allen

Industry vet worked on 'Serpico,' 'Reds'

Film editor Dede Allen has been selected to receive this year’s Fellowship and Service Award from the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

Allen, who began her 60-year career in film as a messenger for Columbia Pictures in 1943, has edited such pics as “Reds,” “Serpico,” “The Milagro Beanfield War” and “Dog Day Afternoon.” Her work on “Bonnie and Clyde” pioneered the “pre-lapping” style of editing and 1961’s “The Hustler” marked the first opening credit for an editor.

In 1992, Allen became a creative exec in theatrical production for Warner Bros., where she consulted on films. She returned to editing in 1999 and nabbed a third Oscar nom for 2001’s “Wonder Boys.”

An American Cinema Editors lifetime achievement winner, Allen recently served as veepee of the board of directors of MPEG and was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by the film editors branch in 1996.

Allen will receive her honor Jan. 5 at the board of directors installation dinner at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica.

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