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Also Known As: Died: February 12, 2011
Born: May 23, 1919 Cause of Death: Aortic aneurysm
Birth Place: St Joseph, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, shop girl, elevator operator

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While her big break in film came with "On the Town" (1949) opposite Frank Sinatra, stage and screen actress Betty Garrett was more widely known to a younger generation as the landlady with a heart of gold on the comedy series "Lavern & Shirley" (ABC, 1975-1983). After gaining acclaim on Broadway in musical comedies such as "Call Me Mister" (1946), she was soon under contract with MGM, hoofing it alongside the likes of Mickey Rooney and Gene Kelly. Sadly, the "Red Scare" and subsequent Hollywood Blacklisting of the 1950s largely derailed the careers of Garrett and husband Larry Parks. After years in relative obscurity, she returned with the recurring role of Irene Lorenzo on "All in the Family" (CBS, 1970-79), followed by a six year stint on "Laverne & Shirley." Garrett continued to make infrequent television and stage appearances over the next three decades before passing away in February of 2011 at the age of 91.

While her big break in film came with "On the Town" (1949) opposite Frank Sinatra, stage and screen actress Betty Garrett was more widely known to a younger generation as the landlady with a heart of gold on the comedy series "Lavern & Shirley" (ABC, 1975-1983). After gaining acclaim on Broadway in musical comedies such as "Call Me Mister" (1946), she was soon under contract with MGM, hoofing it alongside the likes of Mickey Rooney and Gene Kelly. Sadly, the "Red Scare" and subsequent Hollywood Blacklisting of the 1950s largely derailed the careers of Garrett and husband Larry Parks. After years in relative obscurity, she returned with the recurring role of Irene Lorenzo on "All in the Family" (CBS, 1970-79), followed by a six year stint on "Laverne & Shirley." Garrett continued to make infrequent television and stage appearances over the next three decades before passing away in February of 2011 at the age of 91.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Long Way Home, The (1998) Veronica
4.
 The Shadow on the Window (1957) Linda Atlas
5.
 My Sister Eileen (1955) Ruth Sherwood
6.
 Neptune's Daughter (1949) Betty Barrett
7.
 On the Town (1949) Brunhilde Esterhazy
8.
 Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) Shirley Delwyn
9.
 Big City (1948) "Shoo Shoo" Grady
10.
 Words and Music (1948) Peggy Lorgan McNeil
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1938:
Made her stage debut in the Mercury Theater production of "Danton's Death"
1942:
Made her Broadway debut in the revue "Of V We Sing"
1948:
Made feature film debut in "The Big City"
1955:
Starred opposite Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon in "My Sister Eileen"
1955:
Made her TV debut on episode of "Ford Theatre" (NBC)
1973:
Played Irene Lorenzo on "All in the Family" (CBS)
1976:
Performed in one-woman show, "Betty Garrett and Other Songs"
1976:
Played Edna Babish on "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC)
1981:
Returned to Broadway in "The Supporting Cast"
2001:
Again appeared on Broadway belting "Broadway Baby" in the revival of "Follies"
2003:
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress for her role on "Becker" (CBS)
2003:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
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Education

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

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husband:
Larry Parks. Actor. Married from September 8, 1944 until his death in 1975.

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son:
Andrew Parks. Actor. Father Larry Parks.
son:
Garrett Parks. Composer. Father, Larry Parks.

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"Betty Garrett and Other Songs" Madison Publishing

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