A graduate of Bartrum Gables College, Anne V. Coates worked briefly as a nurse before entering the British film industry. Beginning with 1952's The Pickwick Papers, Coates worked steadily as a film editor in both England and the U.S. She won an Academy Award for her work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and was Oscar-nominated for Becket (1964), The Elephant Man (1980), and In the Line of Fire (1993), and Out of Sigh (1998); she won an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2016.. In 1989, Coates was a key contributor in the painstaking archival restoration of Lawrence of Arabia. Anne V. Coates was the wife of Douglas Hickox and the mother of Anthony Hickox, directors both.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Originally given a job editing religious films by a relative who hoped the subject matter would turn her away from working in Hollywood.
- Was brought in to edit the 1989 restoration of Lawrence of Arabia, 25 years after editing the original film.
- Named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003.
- Only the second editor in history to receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.