Anne McCabe

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Palo Alto, California
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma mater
  • Commonwealth High School
  • Barnard College
  • Columbia University
  • Film editor
  • Music editor
Years active1993–present
  • 2019: Winner, Peabody Award, Succession
  • 2013: Winner, American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television, The Newsroom

Anne McCabe is an American film editor who has worked in movies and television with directors Greg Mottola, Kenneth Lonergan, Chris Rock, Marielle Heller, and many more since the late 1980s.

Early Life

McCabe was born in Palo Alto, California to Bernard McCabe from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England and Lucy Staton McCabe from Washington, D.C. One of nine siblings, she grew up mostly in Cambridge, Massachusetts but also in London and Copenhagen. Her father, of Irish descent, was a Professor of English at Tufts University. Her mother was of Scottish descent. Her uncle Herbert McCabe was a Dominican priest, well-known theologian, philosopher, and professor at the University of Oxford and editor of the Catholic journal New Blackfriars.

She graduated from Commonwealth High School in Boston, Massachusetts and Barnard College, Columbia University.

Early Career

McCabe began her career as an apprentice editor[1] for such films as Brian De Palma's Casualties of War (1989),[2] Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us (1992)[3] and Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).[4] During the 1990s she also worked as an assistant music editor for such films as The Pelican Brief (film)|The Pelican Brief and Life with Mikey, and as an assistant (film) editor on many projects including several concert and other music-related films (Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight, The Mambo Kings, Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival).

1995 - Present

McCabe has accumulated more than three dozen film and television credits since the mid-1990s, including comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

She worked on several projects for director Greg Mottola, including The Daytrippers (1996), Adventureland (film) (2009), and the pilot for [HBO's The Newsroom (American TV series), for which she won the American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television. The show also won a Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series in 2012.[5]

She worked with Kenneth Lonergan on his directorial debut, the Academy Awards-nominated film You Can Count On Me (2000)[6] and on Margaret (2011 film)|Margaret (2011), [7] and with Chris Rock on his comedy Top Five (2014).[8]

McCabe has edited three films for director Marielle Heller: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the 2018 Lee Israel biopic starring Melissa McCarthy;[9] [10] It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the 2019 Fred Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys;[11] and Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me (2020).[12]

Her films with 2021 releases include the adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen,[13] directed by Stephen Chbosky (2021) and Land, Robin Wright's directorial debut.[14]


McCabe's television work includes a dozen episodes of Nurse Jackie (2011), episodes of Damages (TV series) (2011), the pilot episode of The Newsroom (American TV series) (2012), an episode of The Purge (TV series) (2018), and several episodes of HBO's Succession (TV series) in 2018-19 including the well-known "showdown" episode from the first season.[15] Her television documentary credits include the Peter Jennings Reporting special "Breakdown: American's Health Insurance Crisis" (2005).

Music Career

Also a singer and musician, McCabe released a jazz album, I'd Prefer, with tenor saxophonist George Coleman and her brother, composer and saxophonist Alexander McCabe, in 2020. It reached number 4 on Roots Music Report's Top Jazz Albums chart for the week of March 6, 2021.[16]

Personal Life

McCabe has eight siblings: Kate, John, Matthew, Louisa, Daniel, Anne, Alexander, Stephen, and Peter. She is married to New York Times sportswriter David Waldstein and has three adopted children from Ecuador, Elena Waldstein-McCabe, Luisa Waldstein-McCabe, and Luis Waldstein-McCabe.[17] Based in New York, she has also lived in Ireland, France, Prague, Copenhagen, and Manchester, England.

Awards and Nominations

  • 2011: Nominee, American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, Nurse Jackie
  • 2013: Winner, American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television, The Newsroom
  • 2019: Winner, Peabody Award, Succession[18]


Year Project Medium Role Episode(s)
2021 Dear Evan Hansen Film Editor
Land Film Editor
2020 What the Constitution Means to Me Film Editor
Covid Is No Joke TV Editor Special
2019 Succession TV Editor "Dundee"
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Film Editor
2018 Succession TV Editor "Pre-Nuptial," "Which Side Are You On?"
The Purge TV Editor "Lovely Dark and Deep"
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Film Editor
An Actor Prepares Film Editor
2017 Pottersville Film Supervising Editor
Landline Film Consulting Editor
2016 BrainDead TV Editor 4 episodes
Younger TV Editor "Beyond Therapy," "Jersey, Sure," "The Mao Function"
Dirty Grandpa Film Editor
2015 Younger TV Editor "I'm with Stupid," "Girl Code"
2014 Top Five Film Editor
2013 Onion News Empire TV Movie Editor
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Film Additional Editor
2012 Thanks for Sharing Film Editor
The Newsroom TV Editor "We Just Decided To"
2011 Margaret Film Editor
Damages TV Editor 3 episodes
Skins TV Editor "Chris"
Nurse Jackie TV Editor 6 episodes
The Ledge Film Editor
Butter Film Additional Editor
2010 Nurse Jackie TV Editor 6 episodes
An Invisible Sign Film Additional Editor
2009 Possible Side Effects TV Movie Editor
Labor Pains Film Editor
Adventureland Film Editor
2005 Peter Jennings Reporting: Breakdown - America's Health Insurance Crisis TV Special Editor
Bittersweet Place Film Supervising Editor
2004 Maria Full of Grace Film Editor
2001 Peroxide Passion Film Editor
2000 Peter Jennings Reporting: Family Business TV Movie Documentary Editor
Achilles' Love Film Editor
Catalina Trust Film Editor
You Can Count on Me Film Editor
1999 Raw Nerve Film Editor, Music Editor
Final Rinse Film Editor
1998 Snapped Film Editor
A Price Above Rubies Film Assistant Editor: New York
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Film Editor
The Daytrippers Film Editor
Message to Love Documentary Assistant Editor
1995 "Little Women in Transit" Short Editor
Sabrina Film Assistant Editor: New York Dailies
1994 The Last Good Time Film Assistant Music Editor
Drop Squad Film Assistant Music Editor
1993 American Masters TV Documentary Series Assistant Editor "Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time"
The Pelican Brief Film Assistant Music Editor
Life with Mikey Film Assistant Music Editor
1992 A Stranger Among Us Film Apprentice Film Editor
The Mambo Kings Film Apprentice Editor
1991 Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Documentary First Assistant Editor
1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors Film Apprentice Film Editor
Casualties of War Film Apprentice Film Editor
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Film Post-Production Assistant
Shakedown Film Apprentice Music Editor (uncredited)


  1. Kouguell, Susan (28 November 2019), INTERVIEW: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" Editor Anne McCabe, Script, retrieved 10 March 2021
  2. Casualties of War, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  3. A Stranger Among Us, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  4. Crimes and Misdemeanors, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  5. O'Connell, Sean (12 June 2012), 2012 // Most Exciting New Series Honorees To Be Celebrated At The Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Critics Choice, retrieved 10 March 2021
  6. You Can Count on Me, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  7. Margaret, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  8. Top Five, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  9. Kouguell, Susan (29 November 2018), Susan Kouguell Speaks with Can You Ever Forgive Me? Editor Anne McCabe, Script, retrieved 10 March 2021
  10. McClintock, Pamela (8 January 2019), Making of 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?': How Melissa McCarthy Stepped In for Julianne Moore, Hollywood Reporter, retrieved 10 March 2021
  11. Tangcay, Jazz (21 November 2019), How Mr. Rogers Influenced the Pacing of ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’, Variety, retrieved 10 March 2021
  12. Debruge, Peter (15 October 2020), ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Review: Heidi Schreck Gives Audiences Even More Reasons to Vote, Variety, retrieved 10 March 2021
  13. Dear Evan Hansen, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  14. Dear Evan Hansen, IMDB, retrieved 10 March 2021
  15. Greene, Steve (23 May 2019), ‘Succession’: Building the Unbearable Tension of That Memorable Boardroom Sequence, Indiewire, retrieved 10 March 2021
  16. The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Jazz Album Chart for the Week of Mar 6, 2021, Roots Music Report, retrieved 10 March 2021
  17. Moye, Clarence (13 December 2019), Editor Anne McCabe Keeps the Mr. Rogers Feeling In the ‘Neighborhood’, Awards Daily, retrieved 10 March 2021
  18. Succession (HBO), Peabody Awards, retrieved 22 March 2021

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