Viola Lawrence film editing (Collection)
Most of her 30 year career was spent at Columbia Pictures. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work on the films Pal Joey and Pepe.
- Majority of material found within 1915 - 1973
- Lawrence, Viola, 1894-1973 (Person)
4 boxes (2 legal size boxes, one mini box, and one manuscript box )
Biographical / Historical
Lawrence did some of her finest work on two seminal films noir: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and In a Lonely Place (1950)); and on the musical Pal Joey (1957), for which she received an Oscar nomination. Her swan song was the big budget musical comedy Pepe (1960), an ill-advised attempt at replicating the success of Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Lawrence later claimed that it had been her toughest assignment to date, as she had to pare down 500,000 feet of exposed film to just 20,000. In the end, the picture still ran to 195 minutes. Its relative failure may well have precipitated Lawrence's retirement.
Viola Lawrence was married to pioneer editor Frank Lawrence, who had been her mentor back in her days at Vitagraph.
Source: IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis
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