Born in Los Angeles, she started her Hollywood career as a "patcher", editing films by Doctorate. West. Griffith, around 1915. Her brother was actor Elmer Booth. Later she worked for Louis B. Mayer when he was an independent film producer.
When Mayer merged with others to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924, she worked as a director"s assistant with that company.
She edited several films starring Greta Garbo, including Camille (1936). Among the other films on which she worked are Wise Girls (1929), A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Way We Were (1973), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Cheap Detective (1978), and Seems Like Old Times (1980).
She was supervising editor and associate producer on several films for producer Ray Stark, culminating with executive producer cr on The Slugger"s Wife (1985) when she was 87 years old. She is the second longest-lived person (after Luise Rainer) to have been given an Oscar.
In 1983, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
She died in 2002, aged 104, from complications of a stroke she suffered. She is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood California.