LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2016) – SAG-AFTRA, its leadership and staff mourn the passing of Vicki Shapiro, who served the membership of Screen Actors Guild for many years as Deputy General Counsel and Associate Hollywood Executive Director, Legal Affairs, as well as a board member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
Vicki was a passionate advocate for performers rights, and helped SAG navigate many challenging legal issues during her career. She had a particular interest in the well-being of young performers, and served as a liaison and special advisor to the Young Performers Committee. She also took a lead role in advocating for the enactment of California’s groundbreaking Coogan Act, designed to ensure that some of a young performer’s earnings would be set aside and protected for them when they grew up.
“Vicki was a trusted confidant and advisor, and made a huge difference for performers in ways both public and private. I worked with her closely during my years as General Counsel and valued her insights and steady hand during that time. She will be deeply missed,” said SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White.
On behalf of all the performers Vicki helped throughout her career, SAG-AFTRA extends our deepest condolences to Vicki’s husband and family.