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In Remembrance CHARLES DURNING, an army veteran, acclaimed actor and 2007 SAG Life Achievement Award honoree died Dec. 24 at age 89. Durning was best known as a character actor, and appeared in hundreds of film and television roles. Among his movie credits were The Sting, Tootsie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and O Brother, Where Art Thou? On television, he appeared in The High Chaparral Evening Shade Homicide: Life on the Street, Everybody Chaparral, Shade, Loves Raymond and Rescue Me, and provided the voice for Francis Griffin on Family Guy. But Durning's adventures onscreen paled in comparison to his real-life exploits in World War II. As a private in the U.S. Army, Durning was among the first soldiers to set foot on Omaha Beach during the Allies' D-Day invasion. His service earned him three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for valor. Over his career, Durning received multiple Emmy and Academy Awards nominations, and won a Golden Globe for a 1990 miniseries, The Kennedys of Massachusetts. He also distinguished himself in the theater, where he received a Tony award for playing Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1990. MARTHA GREENHOUSE, a dedicated union member and former president of AFTRA's New York Local, died Jan. 5 at age 91. She joined AFTRA in 1941 and SAG in 1955. Highlights of her service include five terms as local president from 1977-82, and two terms on SAG's National Board, from 1981-87. More recently she served as an AFTRA Foundation Board member and was president of her beloved AFTRA Heller Memorial Foundation for more than a decade. Greenhouse appeared in many plays on and off Broadway, including Summer Brave, Jose Quintero's Our Town and Dear Me, the Sky is Falling. Her TV and film credits included Law & Order, Ryan's Hope, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Stepford Wives, Woody Allen's Bananas, the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and Car 54, Where Are You? As an activist and a leader, Greenhouse worked hard on initiatives to improve the lives of her fellow members and helped ensure that plans for Manhattan Plaza included low-income housing for performers. Since 1997, the AFTRA Foundation has been dedicated to assisting actors, broadcasters, recording artists, and media professionals as they strive for excellence in both their careers and their personal lives. Supporting SAG-AFTRA members with educational awards, wellness programs, benefit grants and workshops, services and events, the Foundation is helping members build for the future. Funded by generosity, not member dues, the Foundation is always grateful for your support. A tax-deductible contribution to the AFTRA Foundation can help us help you and your fellow members support and inspire one another. To learn more about the AFTRA Foundation and how your donation is used to make a difference, please visit 50-51_InMemoriam_v6.indd 51 | Spring 2013 | SAG-AFTRA 51 4/20/13 5:16 PM

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