NEW YORK – Anne Beats, a quirky comedian with a taste for sweetness and mischief, who was the original team for “Saturday Night Live” and later made the cult sitcom “Square Pegs” has died. She is 74 years old
The Beatts died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood, California, according to her best friend Rona Kennedy Kennedy, the film producer and faculty member at Chapman University.The cause of death was not immediately known.
Beginning in 1975 and running for five seasons, the Beatts is one of a talented writers team that includes Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel, Marilyn Suzanne Miller and performers like Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase who helped make “Saturday Night Live. “It̵7;s a cultural phenomenon for NBC. Using Shuster, she creates her beloved nerd, the adorable Marvin Hamlich, Lisa Lupner. (Played by Gilda Radner) and Todd Dilamuka (Bill Murray), who wears high pants and keeps a coin, catches up words like Lisa, “It’s funny, I forgot to laugh.”
The Beatts will later paint her own established background as a high school outsider for her own series “Square Pegs”.
“If you look at the nerd, you know the world,” Zweibel told The Associated Press. “She and Rosie deal with those characters with love. Pegs “The title only talks about quantity.”
Released in 1982, “Square Pegs” is a rare sitcom that features teenage girls and stars Sarah Jessica Parker in her early years as a high school senior. 1 trying to join the “Square Pegs” lasted just one season. It was a favorite of critics and was later praised for its anticipation and boost-up, teenage comedie John Hughes would soon become famous.
“The show was clearly cool, speaking to teens with a shared interest in their interests, which made young people feel like they saw it before Hughes’ films had a similar effect. New York Magazine’s Jane Chaney writes in 2020. The TV episode will focus on all episodes on addiction, Pac-Man or bat mitzvah, in a new wave theme featuring the Devo band performing ‘That’s Good.’
On Thursday, Parker tweeted: “Struggling to find adequate and appropriate explanations to describe her singular self, I need time because I’m coming short. Gosh, she’s really something, RIP Anne. Thank you for the memories that are so few, 17/18 year olds must do. ”
Later Beatts credits include writing for “Murphy Brown” and “The Belles of Bleeker Street,” producing “A Different World” and helping write the stage play “Leader of the Pack”. She is survived by her daughter Jaylene. ; Sister Barbara Resucha; And granddaughter Jennifer and Kate Draco
Beatts is a native of Buffalo, New York, who eventually settled with her family outside Somers. She grew up among readers and funny letters and spoke of her own training of intelligence if only to keep up.
After attending McGill University, she took a break from writing comedies for Lamphun National Magazine, which has many future “Saturday Night Live” actors and writers. She quit the magazine in the mid-1970s due to frustrated being overlooked by most male employees. But at the time, she began dating fellow writer Michael O’Donoghue hired by producer Lorne Michaels to become “Saturday Night Live”.
“I was never a real preacher,” Michaels told Rolling Stone in 1983, “but Michael Odonogue suggested Anne, she thought I hired her for the wrong reason. Gotta – because Odonoge was her boyfriend – and when we met, she was a mix of friendliness and caution.She fought a little, but that’s 1975.Everyone fought a little bit in 1975. ”
Beatts, who initially gave Michaels a partial turn because of her dislike of television, is known for the unusual sense of humor that many shared on “Saturday Night Live” in a Volkswagen simulation commercial. She gave a famous motto referring to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island: “If Ted Kennedy drives a car Volkswagen, he’s going to be president today. “
In an email to The Associated Press, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Larine Newman wrote that the Beatts “brought Lamphun’s strength with her when she wrote on our show. But she didn’t learn at Lampoon, she already had. It’s a contradiction as well, because she’s a very nice person. ”