July 21, 2003 by

Marjorie Fowler

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Marjorie Fowler, who received an Academy Award nomination for editing the 1967 film “Doctor Dolittle,” died on July 8. Cause of death was not released. She was 82.
Fowler’s whole life was spent either in the editing room or in the company of film-making masters. Her father was screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, who adapted John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” for the screen. He also wrote, produced and directed “The Three Faces of Eve,” which Fowler edited. She also married Gene Fowler, Jr., who edited “The Waltons” and “Gilligan’s Island.”
Fowler’s first job was as a contract player at Twentieth Century Fox. She did some story analysis before training to become a film editor. In the 1950s and 1960s, Fowler edited numerous movies, including “Elmer Gantry,” “The Outsider” and “Doctor Doolittle.” In the ’70s, she edited the television show, “Eight Is Enough.”
Other than the Oscar nod, Fowler received six nominations for American Cinema Editors “Eddie” Awards, and won for the 1981 TV movie “The Marva Collins Story.” The ACE also gave her a Life Achievement Award for working on nearly 40 films in 40 years.

3 Responses to Marjorie Fowler

  1. Megan

    Marjorie Fowler was my grandmother. I looked up to her so much, because she was strong and…i don’t know how to describe it. She was just a great person all around. She’s honest and loving and caring, for sure. Her grandaughter should know that, trust me! anyway, i just thought i’d leave a tribute to her because i love her so much.

  2. jean michel

    Iam a first cousin of Gene Fowler Jr. and I met Marjorie once when I was visiting in California. She was such a sharp, clever woman. I can understand how her granddaughter would admire her so.

  3. RON

    I had no idea how gifted the Fowler family was when I met them in 1956.They invited me to attend the showing of I was a teen age warewolf,but my marine duties would not let me do so.Martha had me to herhome a few times,and her family treated me like prince.I will always remember their kindness,and Marthas sweet smile.

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