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Arkansas-born and Burbank-raised Sam O'Steen began his career as an assistant editor in 1956 and, from the early 1960s on, cut several superbly crafted Hollywood productions. He garnered his first Oscar nomination for his initial collaboration with director Mike Nichols, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966). Over the next three decades, the pair enjoyed a long association that encompassed such groundbreaking films as "The Graduate" (1967) and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) to more popular movies like "Silkwood" (1983) and "Working Girl" (1988). Among his other important credits are "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Chinatown" (1974).
O'Steen made his directorial debut with the TV-movie "A Brand New Life" (ABC, 1973) which featured an Emmy-winning performance by lead Cloris Leachman. He earned an Emmy nod for his stylish direction of the romantic drama "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (CBS, 1975) before tackling the small screen sequel "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby" (ABC, 1976). That same year, O'Steen made his sole foray into motion picture direction with "Sparkle," a genial if slightly slick look at the rise of a female black singer group (not unlike the Supremes). As a director, he also scored with the 1981 ABC drama "The Best Little Girl in the World," a disturbing look at a teenager struggling with anorexia nervosa.
Director (Feature Film)
Editing (Feature Film)
Began career as assistant to George Tomassini on "The Wrong Man"
First film as full-fledged editor, "Youngblood Hawke"
Earned first Academy Award nomination for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; debut collaboration with Mike Nichols
Edited "Cool Hand Luke"
Second collaboration with Nichols, "The Graduate"
Edited Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby"
Initial collaboration with Alan J Pakula, "The Sterile Cuckoo"
Directorial debut with TV movie, "A Brand New Life"
Received second Academy Award nomination for "Chinatown", directed by Polanski
Earned an Emmy nomination for the TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"
Sole feature film as director, "Sparkle"
Directed the sequel, "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby" (ABC)
Helmed the ABC movie "The Best Little Girl in the World", a drama about anorxia nervosa starring Jennifer Jason Leigh
Earned third Oscar nomination for Nichols' "Silkwood"
Served as editor on Nichols' "Heartburn"
Reteamed again with Nichols on "Working Girl"
Served as editor on "Postcards From the Edge", helmed by Nichols
Last collaboration with Alan J Pakula, "Consenting Adults"
Final film with Nichols, "Wolf"
Was editorial consultant on "Three Seasons"
Final film as editor, "The White River Kid"