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Posts Tagged ‘Sally Menke’

A Publicist, a Producer and an Editor

It’s been a tragically strange series of Tuesdays this fall for the Hollywood female film and TV industry ranks.

On Monday, September 27th, Quentin Tarantino‘s editor Sally Menke went missing in Griffith Park on a record-setting day of heat and was found the following morning, apparently dead from heat exhaustion. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 16th, publicist Ronni Chasen was gunned down at the Beverly Hills intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Whittier Drive. And last Tuesday, November 23rd, just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, reality TV producer Denise Cramsey collapsed after a workout at Hollywood Production Center and was taken off life support not long thereafter at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

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Mitchell Remembers Sally Menke, Food Lover

In today’s world of rapid-fire Internet news cycles, events that should linger in the public consciousness often do not. Which is why, if you have not already, we strongly urge you to read Elvis Mitchell‘s brief but very fond remembrance of Quentin Tarantino‘s longtime editor Sally Menke at the web page for his weekly KCRW-FM radio show “The Treatment.”

At the time of Menke’s death on September 27th and the discovery of her body by a search party early the next morning, Mitchell had been planning another one of their semi-regular  get-togethers. “Whenever we ran into each other,” he recalls, “the first thing out of either of our mouths was, ‘Where have you eaten?’” Later, he compares her ability to describe recent culinary experiences with that of a highly attuned actor’s sense memory.

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