Blanche Sewell

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


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.

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  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.