Thelma Schoonmaker (born 3 January 1940) is an American film editor who has worked with director Martin Scorsese for over thirty-five years. She has edited all of Scorsese’s films since Raging Bull. Schoonmaker has received six Academy Award nominations for best editing, and has won three times (for Raging Bull, The Aviator, and The Departed).
Schoonmaker was married to director Michael Powell from 19 May 1984 until his death in 1990. Since his death Schoonmaker has been dedicated to preserving the films and honoring the legacy of her husband, who directed many classic films, including The Red Shoes. She was introduced to Michael Powell by Martin Scorsese and London based film producer Frixos Constantine.
Schoonmaker’s father Bertram was employed as a clerical worker by the Standard Oil Company and worked abroad. She was born in Algiers, Algeria to American expatriates and raised in various countries, including on the Dutch-Caribbean island of Aruba.
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