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October 17, 2007

Re "Residual resentment slows Hollywood talks," Oct. 16

In this article, former Screen Actors Guild official Anne-Marie Johnson says: "I had to make a choice of continuing to work or care for my mother. ... I told my manager, 'Don't call me.' ... Residuals saved my life." While it is admirable that Johnson refused work to care for her mother, she simply faced the dilemma that many people face, but very few of us have the resources to follow such a course. Therefore, how much sympathy can we be expected to have, particularly when writers', actors' and directors' strikes will throw thousands of crew people and those in support businesses out of work?

Debra Wiley

Inglewood

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