Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Actors Fund....For all of us

I'm always surprised how few know about this....

The Actors Fund

A non-profit organization providing 
assistance and resources for actors and all entertainment professionals.



Did you know actors were once
considered "outcasts"?

- Below is an excerpt from The Actors Fund website 7-3-12

The Fund helps people in film, theater, television, music, opera, and dance. It assists performers as well as those who work behind the scenes. Its broad spectrum of programs include comprehensive social services, health services, supportive and affordable housing, employment and training services, free podcasts, even free shoes for actors, and much more.
During the late 1800’s, the United States was still recovering from the devastating effects of the Civil War. Although the theater business was booming, the theatrical profession suffered a tremendous setback when President Lincoln was assassinated by an actor, John Wilkes Booth. Prejudices against the profession existed prior to that time, but Lincoln’s death rekindled the old hatreds and added more fuel to the fire.
Because of their low standing, members of the profession were regularly denied charity from most institutions. The Actors Fund was founded on June 8, 1882, by Harrison Grey Fiske.  This newly created charity immediately began providing assistance to individuals and families.
 - The above is an excerpt from The Actors Fund website 7-3-12        ______________________________________________________________________

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