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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Memories of Casting Director Megann Ratzow

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Several of Casting Director Megann Ratzow‘s industry friends are in the process of organizing a celebration of her life (see my previous post about Megann’s sudden passing last week).

If anyone who knew her would like to share their thoughts or memories of Megann, Actor Eric Newsome, who often worked as a reader at Megann’s casting sessions, is collecting comments on a blog he created for this purpose.

The comments will be compiled and included in a memory book that her friends are putting together for the memorial.

After everyone at the celebration signs it, we’ll send it off as a memento to Megann’s parents.

Here’s the link: Memories of Megann.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Oregon Film Industry Loses Beloved Casting Director Megann Ratzow

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Dear friends,

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.