Thesp cites 'divisiveness' among SAG leaders
Connie Stevens has resigned from the national board of the Screen Actors Guild with two years left on her three-year term.She made the announcement Monday at the meeting of SAG’s Hollywood division board. Stevens served two terms as SAG’s secretary-treasurer — the No. 2 elected post at the guild — between 2005 and 2009 as Alan Rosenberg’s running mate as part of the Membership First faction. She was defeated last year by Amy Aquino for a third term as secretary-treasurer but was the sixth leading vote-getter in that election for a national board seat. Stevens told Daily Variety that she had grown increasingly frustrated over the ongoing divisiveness in the boardroom, where the self-styled moderates are now in a dominant position. “It’s been very difficult for me to be there,” she added. Stevens also said she was distressed by last month’s board vote against providing funding for gifts and calling cards for several U.S. troop battalions in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving and Christmas. SAG’s national board approved a motion last month to encourage members to donate calling cards to support U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Hollywood division board on Monday named Clancy Brown to replace Stevens on the national board, in accordance with her wishes. He’ll hold the seat until next fall’s election. Amy Brenneman, one of the lead candidates from United for Strength, resigned from the 71-member national board last month due to her work sked.