Dorothy Spencer

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Dorothy Spencer was a distinguished artisan who made her mark in one of the relatively few behind-the-scenes fields which Hollywood, in its historically typical yet weird gender breakdown, allowed women to ... Read more »
Born: 02/03/1909 in Covington, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

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The Concorde - Airport '79 1979 (Movie)

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Earthquake 1974 (Movie)

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Women in Limbo 1971 (Movie)

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Happy Birthday, Wanda June 1970 (Movie)

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A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

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Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

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Lost Command 1965 (Movie)

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Circus World 1964 (Movie)

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Von Ryan's Express 1964 (Movie)

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Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

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Wild in the Country 1961 (Movie)

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From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

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North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

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Seven Thieves 1959 (Movie)

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The Journey 1959 (Movie)

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A Private's Affair 1958 (Movie)

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The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

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A Hatful of Rain 1957 (Movie)

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The Best Things in Life Are Free 1956 (Movie)

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

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Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

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The Left Hand of God 1955 (Movie)

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The Rains of Ranchipur 1955 (Movie)

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Black Widow 1954 (Movie)

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Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

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Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

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Prince of Players 1954 (Movie)

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Man on a Tightrope 1953 (Movie)

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Night People 1953 (Movie)

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Decision Before Dawn 1951 (Movie)

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Fourteen Hours 1951 (Movie)

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 (Movie)

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Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

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My Darling Clementine 1946 (Movie)

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

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Lifeboat 1944 (Movie)

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Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

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To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

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Stagecoach 1939 (Movie)

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Eternally Yours 1938 (Movie)

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Stand-In 1936 (Movie)

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Vogues of 1938 1936 (Movie)

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Down to the Sea in Ships (Movie)

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Dragonwyck (Movie)

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Lydia Bailey (Movie)

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Married in Hollywood (Movie)

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Nix on Dames (Movie)

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Slightly Honorable (Movie)

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That Lady in Ermine (Movie)

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The House Across the Bay (Movie)

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The Snake Pit (Movie)

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Three Came Home (Movie)

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Tonight We Sing (Movie)

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Trade Winds (Movie)

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Under My Skin (Movie)

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What Price Glory? (Movie)

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Winter Carnival (Movie)

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Biography

Dorothy Spencer was a distinguished artisan who made her mark in one of the relatively few behind-the-scenes fields which Hollywood, in its historically typical yet weird gender breakdown, allowed women to toil--editing. Although she worked for several different studios during the late 1930s and early 40s, Spencer started her career at Fox Studios and, once settling in at the reconsolidated 20th Century-Fox Studios in the 40s, wracked up approximately 50 credits for the company through the late 60s. She thus made her mark on that studio's product in a way comparable to composer Alfred Newman and other veteran male stalwarts whose careers have received more attention and acclaim. Spencer also became a trusted favorite of a number of talented directors over the years, earning multiple credits with such filmmakers as Edward Dmytryk, John Ford, Tay Garnett, Henry Hathaway, Anatole Litvak, Jean Negulesco and Mark Robson.

Milestones

1979

Last feature credit, "The Concorde--Airport '79"

1974

Last of four Oscar nominations, "Earthquake", one of several Mark Robson-directed features produced by The Filmmakers Group

1967

Last films for Twentieth Century-Fox, "A Guide for the Married Man" and "Valley of the Dolls"

1964

Last collaboration with director Henry Hathaway, "Circus World"

1963

Edited the overblown "Cleopatra"; received third Academy Award nomination

1960

First of eight films with director Mark Robson, "From the Terrace"

1951

Received second Oscar nomination for "Decision Before Dawn", directed by Anatole Litvak

1942

Returned to Fox (now Twentieth Century-Fox); first films there, "Happy Land" and "Heaven Can Wait"

1940

Earliest collaborations with director Henry Hathaway include "Sundown"

1939

Received first of four Oscar nominations for editing the landmark John Ford Western, "Stagecoach"; nomination shared with Otho Lovering

1935

Free-lanced; worked primarily on films distributed by United Artists; worked regularly with director Tay Garnett

1929

Became an editor at Fox Studios; first film, "Married in Hollywood"

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