H'wood negative cutter Donah Bassett dies

Worked on films including 'Raging Bull,' 'Red,' 'The Natural'

Donah Bassett, a negative cutter in Hollywood for more than four decades, died Tuesday at a retirement community in Phoenix. She was 83.

Bassett took a job as a film technician at Technicolor Film Laboratory in 1954 and established her own Donah Bassett and Associates in 1976. She worked on more than 200 films, including such classics as "Raging Bull" (1980), "Reds" (1981), "The Natural" (1984), "Amadeus" (1984), "Blue Velvet" (1986), "Wall Street" (1987), "A League of Their Own" (1992) and "Legends of the Fall" (1994).

Bassett retired in 1996 and moved to Arizona two years later, studying oil painting at local workshops and the Scottsdale Art School. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and galleries in California and Arizona.

Survivors include her brother, Charles Taft; children Chris Scudder, Cathy Bassett Goldman and Craig Bassett; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
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