Negative film cutter Donah Bassett dies

Worked on pics including 'The Swarm,' 'Reds'

Donah Bassett, who carved out a career as a negative film cutter for 42 years, died Tuesday in Phoenix. She was 83.

Born in Shawnee, Okla., Bassett moved to California with her family as a girl. After studying at Santa Monica College, she joined Technicolor Film Laboratories in 1954 where she worked as a negative cutter. In 1976 she set up shop as Donah Bassett and Associates. Bassett worked on a variety of films including “The Swarm,” “Reds,” “Milagro Beanfield War” and “Grumpy Old Men.” Her last film was 1996’s “Chain Reaction,” after which she retired and moved to Arizona where she returned to her first love of art and painting. Her works were displayed in numerous exhibitions and galleries in California and Arizona.

Survivors include three children, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a brother.