Biography

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 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.

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 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1919-05-23

Day of Death 2011-02-12

Place of Birth St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2012 Carol Channing: Larger Than Life as Himself as Herself
2005 Grey's Anatomy (1 episode)
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Herself
2000 Boston Public (1 episode)
2000 Frank Sinatra Memorial as Herself
1998 Becker (1 episode)
1996 Townies (1 episode)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1986 Blacke's Magic (1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls (1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1981 All the Way Home as Catherine
1981 Mr. Merlin (2 episodes)
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode)
1976 Laverne & Shirley (179 episodes)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clip from 'On the Town' (archive footage) (uncredited)
1971 All in the Family (14 episodes) as Irene Lorenzo
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1957 The Shadow on the Window as Linda Atlas
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (2 episodes)
1955 My Sister Eileen as Ruth Sherwood
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 The Costume Designer
1949 On the Town as Brunhilde Esterhazy
1949 Neptune's Daughter as Betty Barrett
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game as Shirley Delwyn
1948 Words and Music as Peggy Lorgan McNeil
1948 Big City as Shoo Shoo Grady

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