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State Moves to Halt Age Discrimination in Entertainment Field
By Sandy Wells
The California state Senate has approved a bill this week that would allow actors to conceal their ages from websites such as Internet Movie Database used by casting directors in the film and TV industry.
State Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) says AB 1687 would help a lot of older actors overcome age discrimination in seeking that next job.
“Gabrielle Carteris, who’s the President of the Screen Actors Guild, testified – and she was 29 years old when she auditioned for a 17-year-old girl on ‘Beverly Hill 90210’ – and they told her afterwards – she said that had they known her age they wouldn’t have cast her.”
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