UPDATED with information on memorial service: Barbara Allyne Bennet, a veteran character actress and former SAG board member, has died January 9 at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, CA. She was 76.
A Cleveland native, Bennet moved to New York and landed theater roles in shows including Gorilla Queen and Boy On The Straight-Back Chair. She relocated to Hollywood in the 1970s and went on to amass more than three dozen film and TV credits. She appeared in the 1988 feature Mac And Me and guested on TV series as The West Wing, The Office, Brothers & Sisters, Shameless, Chicago Hope and NYPD Blue. She also did commercials and worked as a production assistant on The Rose, production coordinator on Flying High and a casting coordinator on A Killer In The Family.
Bennet also was active in the Screen Actors Guild. She served on the SAG Board from 2005-07, chaired the SAG Casting Committee and served on the SAG Commercial Performers Committee from 2005-06. She also served on the SAG-AFTRA Film Society Executive Committee for several years. She worked on the Western Council of The Actors Fund, fundraising and producing the annual Tony party.
She also performed in many productions as a member of Actors Alley Workshops in Los Angeles, including starring roles in The Trolls and The Long Goodbye.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM February 6 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. A reception will follow immediately at the St. Charles Social Center next door. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Salvation Army or the Actors Fund.
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