SAG-AFTRA Foundation Presidents Remember Former Board Member and Barrier-Breaking Hollywood Producer Marcia Nasatir

August 4, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 4, 2021) – Today, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation mourns the loss of Executive producer Marcia Nasatir, who not only broke barriers in Hollywood working on award-winning films, but also served as a member of the Foundation’s Board from 2013-2017. There, she helped to assist and educate SAG-AFTRA performers in need, and advance the Foundation’s children’s literacy initiative Storyline Online®.

Among her film and television credits, Nasatir was widely known for her work producing Hamburger Hill (1987) and The Big Chill (1983), two films starring the current and former presidents of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Courtney B. Vance and JoBeth Williams.

“Marcia Nasatir was our fearless leader, our mother, our friend. She spoke her mind at a time when that was not popular for women. She loved this business and will be sorely missed! ‘Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet (mother), and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!’” said Courtney B. Vance, SAG-AFTRA Foundation President.

“With Marcia Nasatir’s passing, we have lost one of the most inspirational women in our industry. She was a groundbreaker in Hollywood and a woman of great heart. I had the privilege of working with her when she produced The Big Chill, and when I asked if she would join the board of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, she did not hesitate. She will be missed by all who knew her,” said JoBeth Williams, former SAG-AFTRA Foundation President.

In 2017, following a screening of the acclaimed documentary A Classy Broad, which details her life and career in the film industry, Nasatir and documentarian/editor Anne Goursaud (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Outsiders) sat down with then President Williams in Los Angeles to discuss the film and its subject. The Q&A was part of the Foundation’s program entitled “The Business” and can be viewed on the Foundation’s YouTube Channel here

Nasatir also joined the Foundation’s New York audience at the Robin Williams Center in Manhattan for a second screening and Q&A which can be viewed here.

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Courtney B. Vance / Photo by Matthew Jordan Smith / Courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
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JoBeth Williams / Photo by Maarten de Boer / Courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Anne Goursad, Marcia Nasatir and JoBeth Williams at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation in Los Angeles / Courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation