Screen Actors Guild mourns the passing of former SAG National Board Member Lena Horne. The legendary actor and jazz singer died Sunday, May 9, in New York City. She was 92. Horne was SAG’s first African American board member, serving from 1943-45.
Horne’s more than six-decade career began as a 16-year-old chorus girl at the fabled Cotton Club in Harlem in 1933, and would go on to span films, radio, television, recording, nightclubs, concert halls and Broadway.
The latest stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series will honor Katharine Hepburn, one of Screen Actors Guild’s founding members from 1933. The stamp goes on sale May 12, the late actor’s birthday, and features a publicity still from the film Woman of the Year (MGM, 1942), photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull.
SAG honored Hepburn in 1979 with its highest honor, the Life Achievement Award.
The Spring 2010 issue of Screen Actor magazine is now on its way to SAG members across the country and is available for downloading online. SAG members can log in to their SAG.org account to download the full issue, others can download highlights here.
Mother's Day weekend also ushers in the much-anticipated hosting gig of Saturday Night Live by SAG Life Achievement honoree Betty White.
The Associated Press published a new article on White that begins with a sentiment that couldn't be more true:
If you're in the Los Angeles area, please join us at SAG headquarters (5757 Wilshire) on Friday for the big thesagshop One Day Only Sale, 11-3 p.m. Up to 50% off on all kinds of SAG-branded, union-made, made-in-the-USA products! Cash and checks only, please.
NBC Los Angeles called this sale one of "the best places to shop."
As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the Disney ABC Television Group's Casting Project will hold auditions for consideration for the ABC Talent Showcase-this opportunity also affords the majority of participants the chance to audition for a variety of ABC (and other networks') pilots and ongoing programming. ABC has a long-standing commitment to promoting diversity in the entertainment industry through a variety of projects administered by its Talent Development & Casting departments.