Arkansas-born and Burbank-raised Sam O'Steen began his career as an assistant editor in 1956 and, from the early 1960s on, cut several superbly crafted Hollywood productions. He garnered his first Oscar nomination for his initial collaboration with director Mike Nichols, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966). Over the next three decades, the pair enjoyed a long association that encompassed such groundbreaking films as "The Graduate" (1967) and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) to more popular movies like "Silkwood" (1983) and "Working Girl" (1988). Among his other important credits are "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Chinatown" (1974).