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Scribe Ball rolls $20k to thesps’ strike fund

'Beauty' writer's contribution first by a non-thesp

HOLLYWOOD — Academy Award-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (“American Beauty”), in a show of solidarity with union actors, has donated $20,000 to the Screen Actors Guild’s strike-relief fund.

The gift is the latest in a string of celebrity donations to come into SAG’s coffers since it launched the fund with a $500,000 endowment last month. Ball, who took home an Oscar for original screenplay for “American Beauty,” is the first non-thesp to take such a step.

Other gifts to the fund, targeted for SAG members whose resources have been strained by the five-month strike against advertisers, include $200,000 from Nicolas Cage; $100,000 each from Harrison Ford, Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey; $10,000 each from George Clooney and Jay Leno; and concert proceeds from ‘N Sync and Britney Spears.

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