Verna Fields

Biography: Verna Fields, an American film and sound editor, educator, and entertainment industry executive, was born on March 21, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. After working as a sound editor on various TV shows, documentaries, and small studio films, she found her first major break in the film El Cid in 1961, which won her the Golden Reel Award for sound editing. She was affectionately nicknamed as "Mother Cutter" for her excellent ability in cutting and editing a film. Some of her notable film credits include What's up, Doc? (1972), American Graffiti (1973), and Jaws (1975). In 1976, she won the Academy Award for Film Editing and the ACE Eddie Award for Jaws. She became the first woman to enter the upper echelons of management in the film industry when Universal studios made her an executive consultant and Vice president of Feature Film. For her contribution towards the expansion of roles played by women in the film industry, she won the Women in FilmVerna Fields, an American film and sound editor, educator, and entertainment industry executive, was born on March 21, 1918, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. After working as a sound editor on various TV shows, documentaries, and small studio films, she found her first major break in the film El Cid in 1961, which won her the Golden Reel Award for sound editing. She was affectionately nicknamed as "Mother Cutter" for her excellent ability in cutting and editing a film. Some of her notable film credits include What's up, Doc? (1972), American Graffiti (1973), and Jaws (1975). In 1976, she won the Academy Award for Film Editing and the ACE Eddie Award for Jaws. She became the first woman to enter the upper echelons of management in the film industry when Universal studios made her an executive consultant and Vice president of Feature Film. For her contribution towards the expansion of roles played by women in the film industry, she won the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1981. She was married to Sam Fields and died of cancer, on November 30, 1982, in Encino, California, USA. Expand