Holocaust Survivor and Film Music Editor Was 99 – Variety


Else Blangsted, a Holocaust survivor and movie music editor who labored on basic movies equivalent to “The Goonies” and “The Coloration Purple,” died Could 1. She was 99.

Blangsted died from pure causes at her residence in Los Angeles, in line with her cousin Deborah Oppenheimer, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and producer. Blangsted was three weeks wanting her 100th birthday.

Born Could 22, 1920, Blangsted’s profession as a movie music editor spanned 4 many years, main her to work with among the most well-known filmmakers and composers within the trade, together with Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Tony Richardson, Sydney Pollack, Richard Pryor, Carl Reiner, Stanley Kramer, Richard Donner and many extra.

Oppenheimer informed Variety, “You already know the music, you realize the films and you realize the celebs who have been within the motion pictures. You already know the administrators who made the films. However her music is what provoked the feelings and made audiences giggle and cry. Many people will say she was one among a form, however she was defiantly and distinctly one among a form. I’ve by no means met anybody fairly like her. We met on the funeral of a relative who she didn’t like and I didn’t know, so we sat on the again and have been clowning about.”

After I first moved out right here, she was fiercely dedicated to the composers and musicians who she labored with. She was targeted on the work. To suppose, she was an eyewitness to the work of Cecil B. DeMille and the Warner brothers all the best way as much as “Tootsie.” You don’t meet folks whose careers span that size of time.”

Earlier than her profitable profession in Hollywood, Blangsted grew up in a Jewish household in Nazi Germany. She gave start to a daughter when she was a teen, however was informed the infant was stillborn. When Blangsted was 64-years previous, she lastly met her then 48-year-old daughter she thought had died. In 1937, she left Germany and got here to Hollywood the place she started working as a nanny for producer Mervyn LeRoy earlier than later showing in Cecil B. Demille’s “Samson and Delilah.”

Along with “The Goonies” and “The Coloration Purple,” Blangsted went on to work on movies equivalent to “In Chilly Blood,” “License to Kill,” “Absence of Malice,” “Lifeless Males Do’t Put on Plaid,” “Goin’ South,” “The Electrical Horseman,” “And Justice for All,” and “The Bronx,” amongst many others.

On the age of 88, she was the primary music editor to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Movement Image Sound Editors.

“The lack of Else Blangsted is a tragic milestone in my life,” stated composer Dave Grusin, who ceaselessly collaborated with Blangsted. “For years, she was my anchor within the turbulent and frantic enterprise of scoring for movie. And whereas the last word use of movie music is to reinforce the film, we additionally wanted to fulfill the powers that be: the administrators and producers (and typically the celebs.) However for me, probably the most pertinent query about my very own work all the time was: ‘Does Else suppose it’s okay?’ She was my private high quality guru, and she prolonged that humanity into many different elements of my life.”

Else is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


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