The longtime film editor, notable for her work with Quentin Tarantino, was found dead on Tuesday in the Beachwood Canyon section of Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, according to the NY Times. She was 56.
Menke’s body was found at the bottom of a ravine not far from her car. Authorities are working to see if a recent heat wave may have attributed to her death.
Menke first worked with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs.
‘I got in touch, and he sent me this script for a thing called Reservoir Dogs,’ she wrote, ‘and I just thought it was amazing. It floored me.’ She wrote in a 2009 essay for the Guardian. ‘I was hiking up in Canada on a remote mountain in Banff when I saw a phone box, and I stopped to call L.A. and they confirmed I’d got the gig. I let out a yell that echoed around the mountain.’
According to the NY Times, in addition to her work with Mr. Tarantino, Ms. Menke also edited Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth, Lee Tamahori’s Mulholland Falls, and Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses, for which she also served as an executive producer.