Less than 24 hours after the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike against the Giants began flow from Hollywood Fran Drescher He grabbed the public’s attention with a fiery speech from his Los Angeles base.
Qualification of companies as NetflixAnd Disney And Basic how “gross‘, and accused the powers of internet broadcasting of ‘losing money left and right’, while They gave hundreds of millions of dollars to their CEOs..
The speech, which quickly went viral, is symbolic of the broader labor defections occurring in show business. The decision to strike comes after negotiations between SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest union representing actors and other media professionals, and AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) failed and ended at midnight on Wednesday, July 12.
Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy has left the film’s UK premiere to join a Hollywood actors’ strike.
A strike could shut down Hollywood production with the writers completely in the third month of their strike against the studios. Drescher They accused the CEOs of making “Wall Street and greed a priority.” ignoring the “core contributors that operate the device”. The union will start their strike today.
Although the complaints voiced are the show’s workers’ common statement (similar phrases were used by the screenwriters in the first phase of the strike), the 65-year-old’s rise as current leader of the actors’ union has been less conventional.
Who is Fran Drescher?
Fran was born in Queens, New York, to a Jewish family in 1957.. While attending Hillcrest High School, she met Peter Mark Jacobson, whom she married in 1977, when she was just 21 years old. And soon he became his chief artistic assistant.
His first break in Hollywood was a supporting role in his blockbuster hit Saturday night feverstarring john Travolta. In the short, in which she played a dancer in a club, she is seen uttering the line “So, are you as good in bed as you are on the dance floor?” For a Hollywood legend.
She finally achieved fame as a creator and star governesswhich is an American comedy series in which she played Jewish fashion designer Fran Fine, who becomes a nanny for a wealthy British family. The show, which she produced and co-wrote with Jacobson, It aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999 And it was worth it Two Emmy Award nominations and two Golden Globe Awards.
In 1999, Drescher and Jacobson divorced, and he later came out as gay.. But the couple continued their creative relationship, writing a sitcom Happily divorcedin which he played An actress accepts the revelation that her husband is gay.
Drescher A Cancer survivorwrote a novel Schmanser cancerwhich he spoke about Experience in receiving treatment for illness And eight years of misdiagnosis preceding it. accordingly He founded an organization of the same namewhich lobby for health system reform.
The Hollywood Actors Guild will go on strike if they don’t reach a new agreement with the studios
Fran Drescher, from “TV’s Beloved Babysitter” to Political Activist
Drescher has been politically active throughout her career. In 2008, he endorsed then-Senator Hillary Clinton for president. from the United States and briefly considered running to replace Clinton as Senator from New York. In an interview with 2017 with eagleAnd She described herself as “anti-capitalist”, stating that she is not “against making money”.but must be “calibrated within the true value spectrum”.
Her political activism eventually led to her launching a campaign to lead the SAG. In 2021 he wins a fierce election against the actor Matthew Modine to become the head of the guild. They both represented different factions of the Confederation and the feud became very bitter Modine accused Drescher of spreading lies about him. according to Deadline HollywoodModine said after the election: “I’m ashamed of Fran Drescher, I’m disappointed”.
The divisions in the guild were extremely severe that after the Hollywood Writers Association voted to strike earlier this year, Studio executives ruled out any possibility that the actors were determined to pull out.
but Since his election, Drescher has proven to be a steady hand in leading the union He oversaw an end to the infighting that had previously characterized them. Before taking office, he vowed to end what he called “dysfunctional division”. The strike call was ultimately supported by 97.9% of the voting membersAnd membership firstthe opposition faction that backed Modine in the 2021 elections recently He supported his re-election.
What are the demands of the writers who went on strike in the United States a week ago?
And while preparing for what It promises to be a tough fight with the executives at flowDrescher showed his willingness to do so She combines her political role with the dramatic style that made her famous. “they [los estudios] They are on the wrong side of history For now, he told reporters on Thursday when announcing the strike. He pointed his finger at the camera. We stand together in unprecedented unity. We are supported by our union, sister unions and unions around the world.” (f)
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