Fern Gwendolyn Persons was an American film and television actress and a member of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists from 1937 until her death. Her film credits included Field of Dreams and Hoosiers. Persons served on the national board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild from 1976–98. She also sat on SAG's Chicago Branch Council for forty-four years and the AFTRA Chicago Local Board for more than thirty years. Much of her work at SAG and AFTRA focused on improving the professional acting opportunities for older actors.