Longtime Oregon casting director Megann Ratzow died of cancer on Wednesday, January 7, 2009, after being diagnosed only nine days earlier.
The news came as a shock to the Oregon film community, who knew her as an advocate for actors and a caring, generous person who always put the interests of our indigenous film industry before her own.
Even as competitors, Megann and I respected and helped each other out. We were friends and shared the philosophy that there was enough to go around.
When struggles in her personal life took a toll on her own business, she remained kind to me and never begrudged my successes. Her focus was always on trying to make Oregon actors look and do better, and on showing out-of-state productions what great talent we have here. I do hope to carry on this legacy.
Her friends in the film industry are in the process of organizing a celebration of her life, the details of which will be posted here and on the Oregon Film & Video Office’s website.
Funeral services will take place in her native Michigan.
Donations in her name can be made to the Providence Portland Medical Foundation’s Cancer Charitable Fund. Her brother reports that Megann, who was without health insurance, was treated like a princess at Providence in her last days.
Thank you, Megann, for your many years of dedication and service to our community.