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Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett (May 23, 1919 - February 12, 2011) was an American actress, comedian, singer and dancer, who 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 questioned about their involvement. As the drama played out, a very pregnant Garrett was never called to testify, but her husband was. With his admission of Communist Party membership from 1941-1945 and refusal to name names, he made it to the Hollywood Blacklist. After the incident, Garrett and Parks worked up nightclub singing/comedy acts along with appearing in legit plays. Although Parks never quite shook off the blacklist incident, he did win a role in John Huston's film, Freud (1962). Garrett went on to appear in roles in many television series.

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May 23, 1919 In St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Big City 1948-03-25
Latest Project:
Movie Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012-01-20
Known For
Poster of The Golden Girls
Poster of The Love Boat
Poster of The Fugitive
Poster of The Shadow on the Window
Movie Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Herself 2012-01-20
Movie Dark and Stormy Night Mrs. Hausenstout 2009-10-10
Series Grey's Anatomy Unknown 2005-03-27
Movie Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Self 2003-01-01
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Herself 2002-09-24
Series Boston Public Unknown 2000-10-23
Movie Frank Sinatra Memorial Herself 2000-05-16
Series Becker Unknown 1998-11-02
Series Townies Unknown 1996-09-18
Movie Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman Herself 1996-11-25
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Series Blacke's Magic Unknown 1986-01-05
Movie That's Dancing! Unknown 1985-01-01
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly Self 1985-05-07
Series The Golden Girls Sarah 1985-09-14
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Mr. Merlin Unknown 1981-10-07
Movie All the Way Home Catherine 1981-12-21
Series The Love Boat Martha McCoy 1977-09-24
Series Laverne & Shirley 1976-01-27
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Series All in the Family Irene Lorenzo 1971-01-12
Series Great Performances Mary Hallen 1971-01-28
Series The Fugitive Margaret Ruskin 1963-09-17
Movie The Shadow on the Window Linda Atlas 1957-03-06
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie My Sister Eileen Ruth Sherwood 1955-09-22
Movie The Costume Designer Unknown 1950-07-13
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Take Me Out to the Ball Game Shirley Delwyn 1949-03-09
Movie On the Town Brunhilde "Hildy" Esterhazy 1949-12-08
Movie Neptune's Daughter Betty Barrett 1949-06-10
Movie Big City Shoo Shoo Grady 1948-03-25
Movie Words and Music Peggy Lorgan McNeil 1948-12-31