Betty Garrett

Actor, Singer, Dancer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1919 in St Joseph, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

Mrs. Cuttle (Actor)

Laverne & Shirley 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann Miller: I'm Still Here 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Union Square 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Somerset Gardens 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Laverne and Shirley 1975 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Merlin 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Kelly... An American in Pasadena 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's Happy Now? 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

Ruth Sherwood (Actor)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

Brunhilde Esterhazy (Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Neptune's Daughter (Movie)

Betty Barnett (Actor)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Movie)

Shirley Delwyn (Actor)

The Big City (Movie)

Miss Grady (Actor)

The Long Way Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

Townies (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Octavia Garrett

Mother

Curtis Garrett

Father

Larry Parks

Husband
Married from 1944 until his death in 1975

Andrew Parks

Son
Born March 1, 1951 father, Larry Parks

Garrett Parks

Son
father, Larry Parks

EDUCATION

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
attended on scholarship

Milestones

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

2001

Again appeared on Broadway belting "Broadway Baby" in the revival of "Follies"

1981

Returned to Broadway in "The Supporting Cast"

1976

Played Edna Babish on "Laverne & Shirley" (ABC)

1976

Performed in one-woman show, "Betty Garrett and Other Songs"

1973

Played Irene Lorenzo on "All in the Family" (CBS)

1955

Starred opposite Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon in "My Sister Eileen"

1955

Made her TV debut on episode of "Ford Theatre" (NBC)

1948

Made feature film debut in "The Big City"

1941

Made her Broadway debut in the revue "Of V We Sing"

1938

Made her stage debut in the Mercury Theater production of "Danton's Death"

Bonus Trivia

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Because of their past affiliations with the Communist Party, Garrett and her husband became embroiled with the House Un-American Activities Committee. Both had trouble finding work during this period and the couple occasionally performed in Las Vegas showrooms, summer stock productions, and touring companies of Broadway shows.

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