Else Blangsted

Else Blangsted (née Siegel; 22 May 1920 – 1 May 2020) was a German-born Jewish American Holocaust survivor and cinematic music editor.[1][2]

Else Blangsted
Else Siegel

May 22, 1920
Died1 May 2020(2020-05-01) (aged 99)
OccupationMusic editor
Spouse(s)Folmar Blangsted (1960-1982; his death); 1 child

Her most notable films she participated in were Getting Straight (1970), The Front (1976), Meatballs (1979), Tootsie (1982), The Goonies (1985), The Color Purple (1985), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), and The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).

Blangsted was awarded a Golden Reel Award for career achievement.[3]

Personal life and deathEdit

Blangsted was born in Würzburg, Germany, the daughter of Lilly (Oppenheimer), a homemaker, and Siegmund Siegel, a horse trader.[4]

Widowed in 1982, Blangsted died of natural causes three weeks before her 100th birthday at her Los Angeles home. She was survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her elder daughter was born in Switzerland of a teenaged out-of-wedlock relationship. She was told the child had died only to learn in 1984 that the 48 year old daughter was, in fact, alive, and had been adopted by a wealthy Swiss couple from Lausanne. Shortly after, Else fled Europe for the United States in 1937 to escape the scourge of Nazism.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Else Blangsted". IMDb.
  2. ^ "In Memory of Else Blangsted, 1920-2020, Part One". American Songwriter. 3 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Sound editors sing praise". Variety. 5 March 2006.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/arts/else-blangsted-dead.html
  5. ^ "Else Blangsted, Acclaimed Film Music Editor and Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 99". variety.com.
  6. ^ "Else Blangsted, Holocaust Survivor and Film Music Editor, Dies at 99". news.yahoo.com.

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