A former president of the Screen Actors Guild and longtime leader of SAG-AFTRA has died. TheWrap.com reports that Sumi Haru died Thursday at 75.
Haru was a national board member of both SAG and AFTRA, serving multiple terms going back to 1974.
“She received SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award, which is bestowed upon recipients for distinguished service to SAG’s Hollywood Division,” the report notes. “In 2013, Haru was elected for a two-year term as a member of the first elected national board after the merger of SAG-AFTRA.”
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard released a statement saying: “It is with great sadness that our SAG-AFTRA family says goodbye to Sumi Haru. Sumi notably represented SAG-AFTRA and its predecessor unions for decades on our local and national boards, and as Screen Actors Guild recording secretary and interim president. Sumi served our members through her lifelong dedication to actors, the labor movement, and civil rights and equal employment. She did that with conviction, passion and grace. Our deepest condolences go out to her loved ones. We will miss her.”
Haru published her memoirs, “Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sevilla Haru,” in 2012.