|Born||October 23, 1942|
Oklahoma City, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Oklahoma,|
College of Arts & Sciences
|President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG)|
|Preceded by||Bea Dennis|
|Succeeded by||Donn Cambern|
|Vice President of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG)|
|Vice President of American Cinema Editors (ACE)|
2019 – present
|Board of Governors, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)|
1990 – 2002 (reelected twice)
2015 – present (reelected once)
Her work includes Body Heat (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and The Big Chill (1983). Littleton was the recipient of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing (for a TV Miniseries, Movie or a Special) for Tuesdays with Morrie (1999).
Littleton served as president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild from 1988 to 1991, and as vice president from 1994 to 2001, as well as from 2005 to 2007. Littleton has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors, and serves as ACE vice president since 2019. She is also a current member of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Film Editors Branch).
Carol Littleton is married to cinematographer John Bailey.
Life and career
Carol Littleton was born 1942 in Oklahoma City but her family later moved to Miami in Northeastern Oklahoma, where she grew up. She attended the University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences, obtaining her bachelor's degree in 1965 and her master's in 1970. Her obsession with film editing started in France, when Littleton became acquainted with French New Wave cinema. During the 1970s, Carol Littleton owned a production company that made commercials. She moved into working as a film editor with director Karen Arthur on Legacy (1975). Other films were to follow and Littleton received an Academy Award nomination for editing Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Commencing with Body Heat (1981), Littleton had an extended collaboration with the director Lawrence Kasdan. Kasdan hired Littleton for Body Heat not only for her skill, but specifically because she was a woman. He believed only a woman editor could bring the eroticism he wanted in the film. Of the 11 films that Kasdan has directed, Littleton has edited nine.
In the late 1980s, Carol Littleton was elected and served as the president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Littleton is one of the major editors that author Gabriella Oldham interview for her book First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors (1992).
Unless noted otherwise, all productions below are feature-length fiction films that had a cinema release.
|1977||The Hazing||Douglas Curtis||Alternative title: The Curious Case of the Campus Corpse|
|1978||The Mafu Cage||Karen Arthur||Alternative title: Don't Ring the Doorbell|
|1978||Battered||Peter Werner||TV movie|
|1979||French Postcards||Willard Huyck|
|1980||Roadie||Alan Rudolph||As supervising editor|
Tom Walls was the main editor
|1981||Body Heat||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1982||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Steven Spielberg|
|1983||The Big Chill||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1984||Places in the Heart||Robert Benton|
|1986||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Gene Saks|
|1987||Swimming to Cambodia||Jonathan Demme|
|1988||The Accidental Tourist||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1990||White Palace||Luis Mandoki|
|1991||Grand Canyon||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1993||Benny & Joon||Jeremiah S. Chechik|
|1994||China Moon||John Bailey||Co-edited with Jill Savitt|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Lawrence Kasdan|
|1996||Diabolique||Jeremiah S. Chechik|
|1998||Beloved||Jonathan Demme||Co-edited with Andy Keir|
|1999||Mumford||Lawrence Kasdan||Co-edited with William Steinkamp|
|1999||Tuesdays with Morrie||Mick Jackson||TV movie|
|2000||What Women Want||Nancy Meyers||As additional editor|
Thomas J. Nordberg & Stephen A. Rotter were the main editors
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Co-edited with Suzanne Spangler|
|2002||The Truth About Charlie||Jonathan Demme||Co-edited with Suzanne Spangler|
|2003||Dreamcatcher||Lawrence Kasdan||Co-edited with Raúl Dávalos|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Jonathan Demme||Co-edited with Craig McKay|
|2007||In the Land of Women||Jon Kasdan||Co-edited with Marty Levenstein|
|2007||Margot at the Wedding||Noah Baumbach|
|2008||The Other Boleyn Girl||Justin Chadwick||Co-edited with Paul Knight|
|2010||Country Strong||Shana Feste||Co-edited with Conor O’Neill|
|2011||The Rum Diary||Bruce Robinson|
|2012||Darling Companion||Lawrence Kasdan|
|2015||A Walk in the Woods||Ken Kwapis||Co-edited with Julie Garcés|
|2016||All the Way||Jay Roach||TV movie|
|2018||My Dinner with Hervé||Sacha Gervasi|
Academy Award nominations
Other awards and nominations
- 2000 – Tuesdays with Morrie, won for Emmy Award - Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
- 1999 – Beloved, nominated for Satellite Awards (International Press Academy) Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture Film Editing (w/ co-editor Andy Keir)
- 1983 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, nominated for American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie - Best Edited Feature Film
- 1983 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, nominated for BAFTA Film Award - Best Film Editing
- "Academy Collections – Carol Littleton". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
- Betty Littleton: A Family Portrait. AuthorHouse, 2010, ISBN 978-1452043555, pp. 275-295.
- An Interview with Carol Littleton, ACE. In: medium.com, February 3, 2017
- University of Oklahoma webpage Archived September 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine retrieved July 9, 2008.
- Ally., Acker (1991). Reel women : pioneers of the cinema, 1896 to the present. New York: Continuum. ISBN 0826404995. OCLC 22182559.