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Actor’s Equity and an Afternoon’s Research

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Loyal readers of this blog will remember that RT has a grandfather who was an actor; this afternoon RT has been doing more research on him, patiently going through news archive listings online. And not for nothing.

My grandfather, my mother’s father, who seems to have been principally a comic actor, also had a serious side. It turns out that he joined the famous 1919 Actor’s Equity strike that won recognition of AE and a five-year contract for its members. RT is delighted by the news (as was his mother when he told her). We are positively proud that he had a political consciousness and was willing to strike to win better working conditions. Bravo, Grandfather!!!

Photo: Marie Dressler, Ethel Barrymore and others during the 1919 AE Strike. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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