Margaret Booth (January 16, 1898 – October 28, 2002) was an
American film editor.
Born in Los Angeles, she started her Hollywood career as a
'patcher', editing films by D. W. Griffith, around 1915. Her brother was actor
Elmer Booth. Later she worked for Louis B. Mayer when he was an independent
film producer. When Mayer merged with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in
1924, she worked as a director's assistant with that company. She edited
several films starring Greta Garbo, including Camille (1936).
Booth later edited such diverse films as Mutiny on the
Bounty (1935, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award). A few films
associated with her are Wise Girls (1929), A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Way We
Were (1973), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Cheap
Detective (1978), and Seems Like Old Times (1980). She was supervising editor
and associate producer on several films for producer Ray Stark, culminating
with executive producer credit on The Slugger's Wife in 1985 when she was 87
She received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1978 for her work in film editing. She is
the longest-lived person ever to have been given an Oscar. In 1983 she was
awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through
their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the
role of women within the entertainment industry.
In 1990, Booth was honoured with the American Cinema Editors
Career Achievement Award. She died in 2002, aged 104, from complications of a
stroke she suffered. She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood