Ralph E. Winters
Ralph E. Winters was a Canadian-born film editor who became one of the leading figures of this field in the American industry. After beginning on a series of B movies in the early 1940s, including several in the Dr. Kildare series, his first major film was George Cukor's Victorian chiller Gaslight. Winters won the Academy Award for Film Editing twice, for King Solomon's Mines and Ben-Hur. He received four other nominations, for Quo Vadis, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Great Race and Kotch. Among Winters other projects were such leading films as On the Town, High Society, Jailhouse Rock and The Thomas Crown Affair. Winters had a notable collaboration with director Blake Edwards. Over twenty years, they collaborated on twelve films together, including The Pink Panther, The Party, 10 and Victor Victoria. His last film was the ill-fated pirate epic Cutthroat Island released in 1995. Winters had been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors, and in 1991, Winters received their Career Achievement Award. His memoir, Some Cutting Remarks: Seventy Years a Film Editor, was published in 2001.