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July 12, 2001

Imagine sitting down for some ruthless, bare-knuckled contract negotiations with . . . little Laura Ingalls?

Actress Melissa Gilbert, best known as the wholesome child star of the 1970s TV drama "Little House on the Prairie," announced Wednesday that she plans to run for president of the Screen Actors Guild.

Gilbert, now 37, said she wants to end the personal agendas and attacks bogging down the 98,000-member union. "There are no sides here. We're all members of the same union," she said.

Factionalism at SAG grew two years ago with the election of more militant forces led by actor William Daniels. They ousted the previous regime headed by actor Richard Masur after accusing the Masur group of being too soft. Supporters of both sides continue sniping at each other.

Gilbert, who is married to actor Bruce Boxleitner, has been active on a number of SAG issues, including those involving child performers and privacy.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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