Harper phones in campaign

'Tale' perfs keeps thesp from speaking outside Gotham

HOLLYWOOD — Valerie Harper, who has been performing on Broadway, has taken to the phone lines in her campaign for SAG president with a weekly two-minute phone message available through local numbers in 20 U.S. cities.

“Hello, thank you for calling,” the message starts. “I’m Valerie Harper and I’m running to be the new president of the Screen Actors Guild. During my 42 years as a member, SAG has always stood between me and exploitation.”

Harper explains in the message that her eight weekly performances in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” makes it impossible for her to take her campaign outside Gotham.

She also said many solutions to SAG’s problems are contained in last year’s Towers Perrin report, a cost- benefit analysis that recommends a variety of reforms of the union’s operations. SAG’s 107-member national board has been unable to reach agreement on key suggestions, such as reducing the size of the board.

Harper also has tapped a dozen Hollywood board candidates as part her Actors Moving Forward slate, including Daryl Anderson, Seymour Cassell, Richard Herd, Russell McConnell, Kent McCord, Michael Monks, Esai Morales, Kipp Shiotani, Al Sapienza, Cynthia Steele and Yale Summers.

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