Sally MenkeThe Los Angeles Times is reporting that film editor Sally Menke's body was found in Beachwood Canyon early this morning. The longtime Quentin Tarantino collaborator had been hiking with her dog, and although Los Angeles has been experiencing unseasonably hot weather, it's not been confirmed whether or not the heat contributed to her death.

Menke was nominated for Oscars for her editing on 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Pulp Fiction' and had long enjoyed a creative relationship with Tarantino dating back to 'Reservoir Dogs.' In a 2009 interview with Movieline, Menke said, "Definitely a lot of films have passed my doorstep that seemed really intriguing, that I'd like to do, but I'm just totally dedicated to QT. Every time I've got a project, I always check with him first. 'What do you think? Are you going to start in three months? Four months? Eight months? A year?' I always check with him first because I always want to do his films." She later added, "The thing that's brilliant about the working relationship between QT and I is that it's very symbiotic. I've worked with him now for seventeen years, so I kind of know where he's going before he even comes in."

One only has to watch a Tarantino movie to appreciate Menke's considerable contributions to film editing, and it will be interesting to see how the director's work fares without her input. Menke was only 56.

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