American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present veteran editors Carol Littleton, ACE and Ted Rich, ACE with the organization’s career achievement honors at the 66th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Jan. 29, in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The career achievement award honors editors whose body of work and reputation within the industry is outstanding.
Nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA and an ACE Eddie Award for her work on Steven Spielberg‘s classic ET: The Extraterrestrial, Littleton got her start editing TV commercials. Her first credit as an editor was on Legacy, an AFI production directed by Karen Arthur. Since then, she’s racked up a list of credits that includes The Big Chill, Body Heat, Places in the Heart, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, Benny and Joon, Beloved, The Anniversary Party, The Truth About Charlie, The Manchurian Candidate and Margot at the Wedding. She also won an Emmy for Tuesdays with Morrie. Most recently she edited Darling Companion for frequent collaborator, Lawrence Kasdan, and A Walk in the Woods for director Ken Kwapis.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Littleton attended the University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences obtaining both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree. She left her native state to study in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship. It was there she discovered film editing after seeing Gillo Pontecorvo‘s docudrama The Battle of Algiers. Upon her return to the U.S. she settled in Southern California and began her editing career.
Rich got his start in 1951 when he gave up pursuing a Business Administration major at UCLA to earn a living as a film librarian at the old Hal Roach Studios. He was recruited by Marge and Gene Fowler and brought on as an apprentice on a feature that led to a similar position at Desilu. Next he began assisting Bud Molin on I Love Lucy and was placed in charge of integrating all the commercials into the Desilu shows. In 1960, he became a full editor on Harrigan and Son. Among the many shows he edited during that time were The Bill Dana Show, My Favorite Martian, He & She, Wild, Wild West, and McMillan & Wife. While editing Get Smart, he became the supervising editor. And while working at MTM, he recognized a need for a postproduction supervisor because of the increasing number of series. That launched the second phase of his career originating the role of postproduction supervisor and serving that role on numerous TV series while working for MTM, Lorimar and then Warner Bros. including The Tony Randall Show, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, Rhoda, Newhart, The White Shadow, Mary Tyler Moore, Lou Grant, The Bob Newhart Show, and Hill Street Blues. He also worked on TV movies like The Boy Who Drank Too Much. During his decades-long career and his retirement, Rich has served American Cinema Editors both in official roles (such as serving as the organization’s vice president), and unofficial roles such as recommending accomplished editors into ACE’s membership.