Feb 13, 2011

RIP, Mrs. Babish

garrettBetty Garrett died on February 12, 2011 at age 91. A Broadway comedienne, dancer and singer early in her career, Garrett was signed to an MGM contract in 1947 and starred in a number of musicals and comedies. She and betty-garrett_2her husband, Larry Parks, fell into the sights of the House Un-American Activities Committee for past affiliations with the American Communist Party. Parks was in fact blacklisted and Garrett had a difficult time finding work for years.

In 1973, Garrett join the cast of All in the Family as Archie and Edith’s liberal neighbor, Irene Lorenzo.  In Mrs Babish1976, Garrett joined the Happy Days spin-off, Laverne & Shirley as the girls’ landlord, and future Stepmother to Laverne, Edna Babish. A side character for most of the series, she did get to show off her musical talents on occasion when the show put on a talent show, for whatever contrived reason they chose.  In her later years, Betty Garrett did guest spots on TV shows like Becker, Boston Public and Grey’s Anatomy.

RIP, Betty Garrett, May 23, 1919 – February 12, 2011

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