Irene Morra

Irene Morra was an American film editor who had a 30-year career in Hollywood beginning during the silent era. She cut a number of films by director David Butler.[1][2]

Irene Morra
BornJuly 31, 1893
Manhattan, New York, USA
DiedNovember 25, 1978 (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationFilm editor


Irene was born to Francesco Morra and Louise Pederson; she was of Italian and Swedish ancestry. She and her younger sister, Eleanore, grew up primarily in Manhattan before moving to Los Angeles, where she began working in the film industry right out of high school.[3]

She got a job working as a film editor while still in her teens, first with D.W. Griffith and later at Pathe, First National, MGM, Fox, and Warner Brothers.[3][4] Eleanore worked as an assistant editor on many of these projects, especially during the 1930s.[5] Irene played a prominent role in establishing the Motion Picture Editors Guild.[1]

She died in 1978 in Los Angeles; she had no known survivors.

Selected filmography


  1. "MoMA | Discovering Adorable". Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  2. "Let's Go to the Editing Room". Edited by Women. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  3. "Opportunities for Women in Motion Pictures". The Anaconda Standard. 30 Jul 1922. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  4. "Film Success Means Stardom, but Infrequently". Rocky Mount Telegram. 1 Nov 1953. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  5. Wilcox, Grace (26 Dec 1937). "Women at the Helm". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  6. McNulty, Thomas (2015-05-07). Errol Flynn: The Life and Career. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-0972-0.
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