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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) "Conversations"

Rita Moreno

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation Legacy Documentation Program is the product of the Foundation's ongoing efforts to preserve and illuminate the history of the Guild, Hollywood, and the labor movement by funding the production of documentary interviews with long-time Guild members.  

The Screen Actors Guild "Conversations" interview series features high-profile SAG members recorded in discussions, often with other Guild members, in a variety of locations around the United States.  Hundreds of interviews have been conducted with a diverse cross-section of talent, including notables such as Alfre Woodard, Benicio del Toro, Henry Fonda, Joan Chen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Viola Davis and the cast of "Breaking Bad."

The collection also includes interviews with SAG presidents Howard Keel, Charlton Heston, Dennis Weaver, Ed Asner, William Schallert, and Patty Duke; founding SAG members, Leon Ames and Ralph Bellamy; Board members Marsha Hunt and John Randolph on the blacklist years; and conversations with executives, board members and staff, both living and now-deceased, sharing their wisdom, anecdotes, opinions and reminiscences. The extended and often candid interviews offer an unparalleled window into the careers of the interview subjects as well as the early struggles and successes of the Guild, as seen through the eyes of the industry professionals who have contributed to the Guild's history.

The collection includes the 5-hour documentary, Behind the Masks - The Story of Sag, which chronicles SAG from its inception to present-day.

Download a PDF listing of the subjects available for onsite viewing from the Screen Actors Guild "Conversations" Collection.

To arrange onsite research viewing access, please contact the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC).

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