Jun. 10, 2000 Brentwood Los Angeles County California, USA
Film editor, past President and Board Chairman of Shelburne Museum, historian, art collector and philanthropist. A descendant of both 'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (New York Central Railroad fortune)and Henry Osborne Havemeyer (creator and President of the American Sugar Refining Co.) One of five children of J. Watson Webb, and Electra Havemeyer Webb who founded the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Webb, a graduate of Yale University, started his film career in the cutting department at 20th Century Fox in 1938. He was made chief film editor for Darryl F. Zanuck in 1944. From 1941 through 1952 he 'cut' over thirty feature films including "With A Song In My Heart", "Cheaper By The Dozen", "Mother Wore Tights", Broken Arrow", "State Fair", "A Letter To Three Wives", and his favorite, "The Razor's Edge", which he considered his most important film and starring his great friend, Tyrone Power. He was a charter member of American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.); becoming a Life Member in 1971. After his mother's death, in 1960, he served as President of the Shelburne Museum from that year through 1977, and as Chairman of the Board from 1978 through 1996. Devoted to family, friends and tradition ~ he was noted for his integrity, generosity and loyalty. A man of strong and vivid personality; unusually kind and boldly outspoken. His Vermont residence, 'The Brick House', is now part of Shelburne Museum. (bio by: Robert Bruce)
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Remembering Watson on this 100th Anniverssary of his birth ! Pictured ~ his youthful portrait as imagined by his friend Claire Trevor Bren. One of Watson's most prized possessions ! -
Robert Bruce Added: Jan. 9, 2016