Tarantino's Longtime Editor, Sally Menke, Dies in Los Angeles Heat Wave

Rather sad story

Christoph Waltz and Sally Menke

Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino's longtime editor, died yesterday while hiking with her dog in Monday's 113-degree record-breaking Los Angeles heat. Menke, 56, was discovered dead early Tuesday morning by searchers in Beachwood Canyon, according to law-enforcement sources.

I should also make sure to state the heat has not yet been determined a factor as Menke's body was was found at the bottom of a ravine near 5600 block of Green Oak Drive.

For anyone that owns the Inglourious Basterds DVD or Blu-ray you saw first hand how special the relationship between Tarantino and Menke was with the "Hi Sallys" feature that I've included directly below. Menke worked on all of Tarantino's films including Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Jackie Brown, Deathproof and Reservoir Dogs as well as films such as 1980's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses.

Plus, here's the "Hello Sally" from Deathproof.

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  • Chris138

    Wow, that's incredibly shocking and sad. Very sorry to hear about this. RIP.

  • Nick

    RIP. Horrible news.

  • Beautifulm

    That's horrible, she was really great at editing. R.I.P.

  • Adriano

    Shocking news. Just last week I was showing a friend of mine the hilarious "Hello Sallys" from Death Proof. My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Phil Dowler

    Goodbye Sally!!

  • Jack

    I wonder how Tarantino is doing...

  • dyulyur

    It is terrible tragedy that Sally Menke has passed away. You can help remember her by contributing to her memorial website at

  • Susan

    Terrible. I loved all the editing that she did on QT's movies. My prayers go out to Sally and her family.