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Hands down the cutest WGA supporter on the picket line today was 2-year-old Briar Childress, whose mom, Helen Childress, is a screenwriter. Briar arrived for duty outside the main Paramount gate early Monday morning in her stroller, munching on veggie chips and looking completely unfazed by her noisy surroundings. She donned a red sequined cape for the occasion, which kinda matched her mom’s red poncho. Mom confessed that she had her husband standing by ready to come fetch their daughter when Briar (inevitably) hit her limit of marching and chanting and sign-waving.

In all seriousness, Helen Childress felt it was important to be out there on the street this a.m. “to show that we’re all together on this.” She was in the USC screenwriting program in 1988 and remembers how some of her industry instructors almost lost their homes during the last strike. She’s been working steadily all year as studios stocked up on pre-strike scripts, but now she admits she’s concerned about her cash flow prospects.

“As a free-lance writer you’re always concerned,” Childress said. “If this goes on a long time, we’ll be really concerned.”

–Cynthia Littleton

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