Winter 2006DOROTHY ARZNERThe first female member of the DGA, Arzner is also believed to have developed the boom mic, enabling actors to move and speak more easily in early talkies.
Winter 2007LARRY AUERBACHAn early pioneer of television and lifelong advocate for directors' rights.By Ann Farmer
Winter 2006GIL CATESGil Cates had completed his second term as DGA president and was serving a third during the only time in Guild history that a strike has been called.By Jesse Hiestand
Winter 2006MARTHA COOLIDGEThe DGA's first woman president from 2002-2003 and serving for nearly 20 years on various committees.
Winter 2006FRANCISCO "CHICO" DAYThe Guild's first Mexican-American member, was active in helping the next generation of ADs and hosted many seminars for assistant directors/unit production managers
Spring 2008TOM DONOVANOne of the pioneers who led the merger of the Radio and TV Directors Guild with the Screen Directors Guild to form the DGA.By Ann Farmer
Winter 2006BOB JEFFORDSCulminated a handy collection of film production rules in the famous Jeffords Rules in his desire to help fellow Guild and union employees.
Winter 2006SHELDON LEONARDDirector, writer, actor and producer who remained devoted to Guild service throughout much of his 60-year career in Hollywood, was awarded the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for service and was named an honorary life member.
Winter 2006IDA LUPINOThe DGA's second female director member and one of its most prolific.
Summer 2007ARTHUR HILLERPast president and a devoted member for more than 50 years.By Jesse Hiestand
Winter 2006GENE REYNOLDSServed as president from 1993 to 1997, and received the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for his service to the Guild.
Winter 2006JOHN RICHJohn Rich began making an impact in the Guild the first time he attended a meeting in 1953 of what was then the Screen Directors Guild.By Jesse Hiestand
Spring 2007JACK SHEAA look at the president who led the DGA into the 21st century.By Jesse Hiestand
Winter 2006ED SHERINHe was awarded the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2002 for service to the Guild, including his support for the work in trade amendment.
Spring 2011GEORGE SIDNEYThe Guild's youngest president was also a master craftsman and an unforgettable character, as a budding filmmaker recalls.
Spring 2011ABBY SINGERAnyone who has ever been on a set has heard his name. Besides his work as an AD and UPM and his contributions to the Guild, Abby Singer is best known for the shot he invented.By David Geffner
Fall 2007JIMMY WALLOne of the first African-American stage managers in television.By Ann Farmer
The Legends column began as part of the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the DGA in 2006 to profile Guild members who have made outstanding contributions to their Guild in service and leadership.
The self-described “short-timer” (some General Hospital department heads have logged more than 20 years) says she’s the director’s voice and ears on the set.