Blanche Irene Sewell
October 27, 1898
|Died||February 2, 1949 (aged 50)|
|Education||Hollywood High School|
|Leon Warren Bourgeau (September 23, 1938-February 2, 1949) (her death)|
Blanche Irene Sewell (October 27, 1898 - February 2, 1949) was an American female film editor. She was known mainly for working at MGM Studios from 1925 until her death in 1949.
Sewell was born on October 27th, 1898 in Oklahoma. However, she grew up in Idaho, and later moved to Los Angeles. 
Sewell was one of, technically, seven children. She had four older brothers, one younger brother, and two younger sisters. Although, one of her younger sisters that was born in 1907 died that same year in infancy. 
Her mother died in 1910 after giving birth to her youngest sister, Ida Grace.
Her father was a Methodist minister.
She started working while still in high school in 1917, and worked during her summer vacations. 
After her days as an assistant, she became a film editor and worked 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 in 1956. 
Her editing style was said to have "packed a punch" as she enjoyed editing together action scenes to keep her films interesting, because of this she was in high demand. 
She was also consulted by Disney while the original "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was being edited and helped construct the film. 
Blanche was a determined woman working on new films every year up until her death.
She was Walt Disney's sister in law by marriage. Her brother, Glenn Sewell, was married to Hazel Bounds, the sister of Disney's wife, Lillian.  This connection influenced some opportunities she was given as a film editor.
She died at age 50 on February 2nd, 1949. 
She was an influential woman of film during her lifetime.
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