Sally Menke, the editor of director Quentin Tarantino’s films, died yesterday after hiking in 113 degree weather in Los Angeles. Police discovered her body after a search was issued using bloodhounds and a helicopter. The 57 year old became separated from the friend she was hiking with, who later called authorities when she couldn’t locate her friend at the end of the hike Monday evening. Coroner spokesman Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said an autopsy will confirm if she had any preexisting condition that may have led to her death.
Menke started her career editing the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She met her long-time collaborator after he interviewed editors for his first movie Reservoir Dogs. The two went on to work on his most successful films, including Pulp Fiction, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, and last year’s Inglourious Basterds.
One of the on set rituals of Quentin’s movies include him and the cast saying “Hi, Sally” before each take.
This must be just crushing for Quentin…Terribly sad.