Screen Actors Guild Loses Much Loved Lucky Hayes

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Screen Actors Guild Loses Much Loved Lucky Hayes

Lucky Hayes, a long time Arizona Branch President and current Vice President Northern Arizona, passed away on April 9, 2010. Known and loved by hundreds all over the country, Lucky served in leadership roles in the Guild since 1992, first as Arizona Secretary/Treasurer and then as Vice President Northern Arizona, before being elected Arizona Branch President in 1995, a position she occupied until September 2009. She carried her SAG card proudly since joining in 1974.

As editor of the Arizona Branch newsletter, Lucky was steadfastly committed to quality, building it to become one of the most respected branch publications in the Guild. In 1978 she co-authored a book with Elayne Stein called That’s No Way To Act!, filled with dozens of street-savvy tips targeted toward budding actors. During her tenure in leadership, Lucky was active on several national committees, including the National Communications Committee, National Women’s Committee, National Right To Work Task Force, and the Executive Committee for the Regional Branch Division.

Arizona National Board Director Steve Fried stated, “Lucky constantly strove to improve the working environment of Arizona actors while always being devoted to Guild national matters, women’s issues in particular. She dutifully got the word out through the media, especially our newsletter, and in the end she made our branch a better organization. She was always there for us.”

Arizona Branch Executive Don Livesay said, “Perhaps what drove Lucky most of all was her compassion.  She kept the heart beat of SAG going strong, in good and tough times, constantly reminding members to do their best, deserving of the highest respect they all shared by the membership card they carried.”

Lucky will be remembered for her enduring, positive spirit, her unwavering dedication to excellence in everything she did, and her all encompassing love for her fellow members. 

Services honoring Lucky will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Desert Hills Chapel, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to be made in the name of Lucky Hayes, either by mail to Screen Actors Guild Foundation, 5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 124, Los Angeles, CA 90036, or on line at under the Donate Now tab.

Click here to download the special Lucky Hayes tribute issue of SAG in the Desert.