As we head into the long holiday weekend, I wanted to write to you today to acknowledge the tremendous loss and sadness our community has experienced in recent weeks with the passing of so many cultural icons in such a short amount of time.
The list of those we’ve lost is long, from Beatrice Arthur, Dom DeLuise, Natasha Richardson and Ron Silver, to the very recent deaths of David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Karl Malden, Fred Travalena, Gale Storm, Harve Presnell and others, these are people and personalities who created indelible characters and left a legacy that enriched all of our lives.
Screen Actors Guild is fortunate to have benefitted from the service and leadership of some of these members. David Carradine and Karl Malden, along with Frank Aletter and Jim Hutchison, who was a sitting Board member at the time of his death, gave of themselves to serve this union and are an example to not only myself but to all other members about the importance and significance of member service and leadership. We are a better union because of them.
Our deepest sympathies go out to their families. And to you and your family, please have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. God bless our country and remember our troops.
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