Anne Beatts, comic and original ‘SNL’ writer, dead at 74

Anne Beatts, an original author for “Saturday Night Live” and creator of the sitcom “Square Pegs,” has died at age 74.

Beatts died at her West Hollywood residence on Wednesday, her household confirmed. She is survived by her daughter Jaylene Beatts, her sister Barbara, her brother Murray and her nieces Kate and Jennifer, in accordance with info offered by her household. 

The comic was one of many first — and few — feminine writers on employees as “SNL” launched in 1975. Beatts was behind many basic sketches like “Nerds,” which she created along with her writing companion Rosie Shuster.

“I keep in mind as soon as at ‘Saturday Night Live’ having spent the night time in my workplace. There was a heavy snowfall in a single day, and I appeared out the window onto Fifth Avenue and I noticed that all the avenue was coated with pristine contemporary snow,” Beatts advised the Television Academy in 2009. “I simply felt very joyful and I believed the 8-year-old me all the time wished to remain within the metropolis — once you can be going to FAO Schwarz and the Museum of Natural History — and I used to be all the time like, ‘Someday I’m not going to depart.’ I believed if somebody had stated to that 8-year-old, ‘Well, sure you’ll do that, you should have this second,’ I’d have been simply thrilled.”

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Beatts was nominated 5 instances and took residence two Emmy awards, together with one Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for “SNL.” She additionally received a Writers Guild Award in 2001. 

Laraine Newman as Joycey, Gilda Radner as Rhonda (*74*), Jane Curtin as Barbara throughout a skit on May 21, 1977.NBCUniversal through Getty Images

Beatts broke off from the sketch show in 1982 to launch her personal sitcom, “Square Pegs,” based mostly on her personal adolescent expertise. Though it solely ran for one season, it served because the launchpad for Sarah Jessica Parker, who was solely 17 years old when she starred within the show. At Beatts’ selecting, in accordance with Vulture, the show’s writing employees was comprised of 5 girls and just one man — a gender steadiness that’s nonetheless thought-about a rarity within the trade.

Anne Beatts in 2015.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for JGL Inc

She continually broke obstacles: Beatts was the primary feminine contributing editor for the National Lampoon journal, and was additionally the co-editor of the primary assortment of ladies’s humor, “Titters.”

The author additionally had success on Broadway, penning the e-book for “Leader of the Pack” and writing for “Gilda Radner on Broadway.” 

Eve Brandstein and Anne Beatts throughout 2006 Sundance Film Festival.WireImage

In 1995, Beatts turned the showrunner for “The Stephanie Miller Show.” Later in life, Beatts labored at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts as an Adjunct Professor within the Writing Division.

“Our Anne- an OG SNL author handed away yesterday,” Laraine Newman, an original “SNL” cast member, tweeted.

“So a lot love & respect for the good #AnneBeatts. Was an honor to play you & know you,” posted comic Natasha Lyonne, who performed the author in “A Futile and Stupid Gesture,” a 2018 flick in regards to the National Lampoon.

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