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Betty Garrett of 'Laverne & Shirley,' 'All in the Family' Fame Dies at 91

by PopEater Staff, posted Feb 14th 2011 11:00AM
Betty GarrettVeteran sitcom actress Betty Garrett, who co-starred in 'Laverne & Shirley' and 'All in the Family,' has passed away at age 91, according to E! Online. She died Saturday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center due to an aortic aneurysm.

Garrett worked alongside many classic Hollywood stars, like Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in 'On the Town.' Garrett is also remembered for her role in 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'

Among other films, Garrett starred in 'Neptune's Daughter,' where she and Red Skelton performed a version of the classic duet 'Baby, It's Cold Outside.'

Throughout her years in Hollywood, Garrett had the opportunity to work with esteemed actors and producers such as Orson Wells, Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Joseph Cotton and Jerome Robbins, according to New York Daily News.

The actress was blacklisted in Hollywood in 1951 after her husband, Larry Parks, testified about his Communist party activity. She made one last movie, 1955's 'My Sister Eileen,' before moving primarily onto television and theater.

Most recently, Garrett could be seen in various one-woman shows and teaching acting at Theatre West, a nonprofit theater company she co-founded in North Hollywood. She also landed small roles on 'Boston Public' and 'Grey's Anatomy' in recent years.

Garrett is survived by her sons Garrett Parks and Andrew Parks.

Watch Garrett and Red Skelton perform 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' in 'Neptune's Daughter' below.

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