Blanche Sewell

Blanche Irene Sewell (October 27, 1898 – February 2, 1949) was an American film editor.

Blanche Sewell
Blanche Irene Sewell

(1898-10-27)October 27, 1898
Lowe Township, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
DiedFebruary 2, 1949(1949-02-02) (aged 50)
Burbank, California, USA
EducationInglewood High School
OccupationFilm editor
Years active1925–1949
Spouse(s)Leon Warren Bourgeau (September 23, 1938-February 2, 1949) (her death)


Blanche was one of seven children. Her mother died in 1910 after giving birth to her youngest sister, Ida Grace. Her father was a Methodist minister. She graduated from Inglewood High School.[1]

She had hoped to work as an actress in Hollywood, but became a negative cutter and then an editor.[2] She was film editor on several notable films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer including The Wizard of Oz, though she did not live to see the film's spectacular success as a television perennial. She died at age 50.

She is interred in Inglewood Park Cemetery, in Inglewood, California.

Selected filmography

See also


  1. "SEWELL, BLANCHE – Edited By". “Women. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  2. "Shears for the Ladies: How the Omnipotent Cutters (Who Tend To Be Feminine) Do Their Work". The New York Times, August 2, 1936.
  • Smith, Sharon. Women Who Make Movies. New York: Hopkinson and Blake, 1975. Pages: 18, 25. ISBN 0-911974-09-1
  • "Swapped" Wife Sues Millionaire Husband", Spokane Spokesman-Review, April 12, 1935, Page 3.

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