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Betty Garrett (1919–2011)


A sunny singer, dancer and comic actress, Betty Garrett starred in several Hollywood musicals and stage roles. She was at the top of her game when the Communist scare in the 1950s brought her career to a screeching, ugly halt. She and her husband Larry Parks, an Oscar-nominated actor, were summoned by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee and ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

On the Town
On the Town Brunhilde Esterhazy
(1949)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(1949)
My Sister Eileen
My Sister Eileen Ruth Sherwood
(1955)
All in the Family
All in the Family Irene Lorenzo
(1973-1975)

Filmography

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 2009 Dark and Stormy Night
Mrs. Hausenstout
 2007 Trail of the Screaming Forehead
Mrs. Cuttle
 2006 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Eleanor
- Break on Through (2006) ... Eleanor
 2003 Becker (TV Series)
Mrs. Firth
- Nightmare on Becker Street (2003) ... Mrs. Firth
 2003 Boston Public (TV Series)
Miriam Guber
- Chapter Fifty-Seven (2003) ... Miriam Guber
 1998 The Long Way Home (TV Movie)
Veronica
 1998 Union Square (TV Series)
Agnes
- Out and In (1998) ... Agnes
 1996 Townies (TV Series)
Mrs. Gunders
- Faith, Hope & Charity (1996) ... Mrs. Gunders
 1994 The Good Life (TV Series)
Phyllis
- The Mother-in-Law (1994) ... Phyllis
 1994 Harts of the West (TV Series)
Thelma
- Ghost Run (1994) ... Thelma
 1992 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Sarah
- Old Boyfriends (1992) ... Sarah
 1987-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Kit Parkins / Martha Neilson
- Who Killed J.B. Fletcher? (1991) ... Kit Parkins
- Trouble in Eden (1987) ... Martha Neilson
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
- Wax Poetic (1986)
 1982 Mr. Merlin (TV Series)
Elizabeth Rogers
- Change of Venue: Part 2 (1982) ... Elizabeth Rogers
 1981 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Catherine
 1976-1981 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Edna Babish / Edna Babish DeFazio
- Child's Play (1981) ... Edna Babish DeFazio
- Sing, Sing, Sing (1981) ... Edna Babish DeFazio
- Laverne's Broken Leg (1981) ... Edna Babish DeFazio
- Out, Out Damn Plout (1981) ... Edna Babish DeFazio
- Fifth Anniversary (1981) ... Edna Babish DeFazio
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Martha McCoy
- Rocky/Julie's Dilemma/Who's Who? (1978) ... Martha McCoy
 1973-1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Irene Lorenzo
- Gloria Is Nervous (1975) ... Irene Lorenzo (uncredited)
- The Little Atheist (1975) ... Irene Lorenzo
- Chain Letter (1975) ... Irene Lorenzo
- Archie the Donor (1975) ... Irene Lorenzo
- The Very Moving Day (1975) ... Irene Lorenzo
 1975 Great Performances (TV Series)
Mary Hallen
- Who's Happy Now? (1975) ... Mary Hallen
 1965 Cliché Family in Televisionland (Short)
Mrs. Cliché
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Margaret Ruskin
- Escape into Black (1964) ... Margaret Ruskin
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
Ellen Pennington
- Mr. Pennington's Machine (1962) ... Ellen Pennington
 1961 The Chevy Show (TV Series)
Bettina
- Autumn Crocus (1961) ... Bettina
 1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Bettina
- Autumn Crocus (1961) ... Bettina
 1957 The Shadow on the Window
Linda Atlas
 1955-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Georgia Penland / Lorry Erskine
- The Penlands and the Poodle (1957) ... Georgia Penland
- A Smattering of Bliss (1955) ... Lorry Erskine
 1955 My Sister Eileen
Ruth Sherwood
 1949 On the Town
Brunhilde Esterhazy
 1949 Neptune's Daughter
Betty Barrett
 1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Shirley Delwyn
 1948 Words and Music
Peggy Lorgan McNeil
 1948 Big City
Shoo Shoo Grady
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Other Works:

(December 4, 1983 to February 5, 1984) She acted in the musical, "Quilters," in a West Coast Premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Suzanne Collins, Donna Fuller, Sally Klein, Laurie O'Brien, Jennifer Parsons and Teri Ralston in the cast. Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek wrote the book. ... See more »

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[on working with Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre] He had an unbroken string of successes. But unfortunately, I joined the company just in time for the first flop, "Danton's Death". He was a genius, but in that one he let his genius get slightly out of hand. He loaded up the little theater with thousands of dollars worth of lights, and tore out the stage and put in elevator platforms, so all ... See more »

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Sons with Larry Parks: composer Garrett Parks and actor Andrew Parks. See more »

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