The niece of J. Arthur Rank, Anne V. Coates wrote in 1963, 'I got into the industry through influence'. Maybe, but she stayed to become one of its most respected editors, on nearly 50 films, starting as assistant editor on such films as The History of Mr Polly (d. Anthony Pelissier, 1948) and The Chiltern Hundreds (d. John Paddy Carstairs, 1949).
Her first credit as editor was on The Pickwick Papers (d. Noel Langley, 1952); she won an Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia (d. David Lean, 1962), worked on such popular films as Murder on the the Orient Express (d. Sidney Lumet, 1974) and The Eagle Has Landed (d. John Sturges, 1976), and in recent years on such Hollywood films as Erin Brockovich (US, d. Steven Soderbergh, 2000). She is married to director Douglas Hickox and is the mother of US-based director Anthony Hickox.
Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film