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    Posted September 7, 2006

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Equity Mourns Passing of
Eddie Weston

Former AEA Vice President, Treasurer and Western Regional Director


Eddie Weston

Actors' Equity is sad to announce the passing of Eddie Weston, who died in Los Angeles on September 6th at the age of 81. A former Equity Councillor, Second Vice President, Treasurer and staff member, Mr. Weston served as the Association's Western Regional Director for more than twenty years. He was a founding Board member of Career Transition for Dancers and a current Trustee of The Actors' Fund of America.

Los Angeles Memorial Service
Monday, Nov 20, 2006
Pantages Theatre - 7 PM

Equity First Vice President Mark Zimmerman said: "Eddie was a dedicated member of the Equity staff for many years, and a true leader. His concern, understanding and love for actors and acting was reflected in how he approached his job as the West Coast Executive. He truly cared for our members."

Weston joined Equity in 1942 when he was cast in George Abbot's BEST FOOT FORWARD in his native Chicago. He subsequently appeared on Broadway in the choruses of ALLEGRO, BY JUPITER, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, THE MERRY WIDOW, RUMPLE and SAY DARLING. After the war, he performed in the "Salute To France" company of OKLAHOMA! and was selected by Fred Zimmeman as a lead dancer in the 1955 film version. Throughout his extensive career, he appeared in numerous television musical specials, films, off-Broadway productions and live industrial shows.

Weston was first elected to Equity's Council in 1954, and was re-elected for several terms. In 1960, he was selected as Equity's Second Vice President, and in 1967, became Treasurer. He joined Equity's staff in 1968 as Assistant Executive Secretary for the Western Region, and also served as acting Executive Director of the Association from 1972 to 1973. After 23 years as Equity's West Coast executive, he retired in 1991.


George Ives, Western Regional Director John Holly and Eddie Weston at Equity's 90th Anniversary gala in Los Angeles

Western Regional Vice President Doug Carfrae, who started working with Weston in 1982 and continued to remain friends, said that "Eddie was a charming, gentle and caring man."

Mr. Weston was awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Equity Council in June, 1990. He also received an Honorary Life Membership in UK Equity for his efforts to foster greater understanding and cooperation between the two unions. He served on the Boards of the California Theatre Council, the Southern California Educational Theatre Association, the Opera-Musical Theatre Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1978, he received the Margaret Harford Award from the LA Drama Critics Association for his theatre leadership; and was awarded the Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley upon his retirement.

Mr. Weston is survived by a brother, Seymour Goldfarb of Boynton Beach, FL. Donations in Mr. Weston's name may be made to the Actors' Equity Foundation, The Actors' Fund of America, or Career Transition For Dancers.




 
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