Screen Actors Guild mourns the passing of former board member and committee activist Janet MacLachlan. She was a committed leader and a tireless advocate for fairness and equal opportunity for actors.
MacLachlan was a member of the Screen Actors Guild national board of directors for six years, from 1977 to 1983, serving on the Women's Committee and as co-chair of the Minorities Committee. During that period, she was a passionate advocate for equality and worked to improve screen opportunities for under-represented members, including women, seniors and minorities.
Best known for her on-screen roles in the motion picture Sounder and on television programs like The Archie Bunker Show and Cagney & Lacey, MacLachlan was 77.
L. Scott Caldwell, National Chair of the Screen Actors Guild National Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee and National Co-Chair of the National Women's Committee said, “Janet was an icon for women of color in the performing arts — an early trailblazer for civil rights and affirmative action, and dedicated union advocate. She was also a personal friend and her death is a huge blow to the Guild and to me personally.”
From left, Mae Phillips, Sumi Haru, Janet MacLachlan and Ken Orsatti at a Screen Actors Guild "Women & Minorities" rally, October 10, 1979.