Hargrad, Katherine

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HARDEGREE, Katherine Francis

Katherine Francis Hardegree was born on August 4, 1945 at Naval Air Station, Atlanta, GA to Katherine Striplin Hardegree, a civil servant, and James Francis Hardegree, US Navy. Raised in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, Kathy attended the University of Georgia, graduating in 1967 with a dual degree in home economics, art and interior design. A proud Bulldog, Kathy was a member and President of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She worked in the design department of legendary Atlanta wallpaper company Dwoskin before finding her calling in the acting, modeling and voiceover industries with Beverly & John Anderson, owners of Atlanta Models and Talent (AM&T). The company was the first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) franchise agency in Georgia (and an AFTRA franchisee), representing a broad spectrum of print modeling, voice-over, industrial film, television and film production talent during its early days in Georgia. Kathy eventually bought the agency and became the agency’s president and sole owner for nearly 40 years; Through her affiliation with the Georgia Production Partnership, where she served on the board for ten years, she was instrumental in attracting the film industry to Georgia and its growth. Kathy was a charter member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/Atlanta Chapter and served on its board for thirteen years and as Chair of the Atlanta Emmy Awards for five years. She was a founding member and President of the Atlanta chapter of Women in Film from 1984 to 1986, from which she received a 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. In October 2010, Kathy was voted SAG National Agent of the Month, the only Georgia agent to date to have received the honor. Kathy retired in February 2011 and sold the agency; She considered her work, which supported the careers of local professional actors for forty years, to be her most important achievement. She enjoyed gardening and volunteered on the board of Heritage Sandy Springs where she documented the history of the community in which her paternal ancestors lived by producing oral histories and providing valuable insight into historical event review. She passed away on June 6, 2022 after a long battle with heart disease. She is survived by a sister, Gloria A. Hardegree, a brother James F. (Jim) Hardegree and his wife Adair; two nephews, Bill Hardegree (Morgan Spellings) and Bo Hardegree (Lauren Delgado), and three grandnieces, Harper, Caroline and Isabella; as well as numerous cousins. Family asks for privacy while precautions are taken; a memorial service is planned at a later date. In her memory, donations can be made to Sardis Methodist Church (to support historical research) 3725 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30342 or to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org

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