Anne Beatts, Revolutionary comedy writer, dead at 74

Anne Beatts, Revolutionary comedy writer, dead at 74

NEW YORK -- Anne Beatts, a revolutionary comedy writer with a preference for sweetness along with the gruesome who had been on the first staff of"Saturday Night Live" and afterwards generated the cult sitcom"Square Pegs," has expired.

Beatts died Wednesday in her home in West Hollywood, California, based on her friend Rona Kennedy. Kennedy, a movie producer and a fellow faculty member at Chapman University, didn't instantly know the reason for death.

Beatts would draw upon her acknowledged history as an outsider in high school because of her series"Square Pegs."

"If you look in the nerds, she understood that the world," Zweibel told The Associated Press. "She and Rosie managed those figures with love. She understood that world. When you take a look in'Square Pegs,' the name alone speaks volumes"

Premiering at 1982,"Square Pegs" was subsequently a rare sitcom focusing on teen-age women and starring Sarah Jessica Parker at an early role as a first-year high school student hoping to match. "Square Pegs" lasted only 1 season but was adored by critics and afterwards praised for expecting -- and topping -- that the adolescent comedies John Hughes would soon become renowned for.

"The series was just plain cool, talking to adolescents using a shared interest in their pursuits that made young men and women feel noticed prior to the Hughes films would have a similar impact," New York magazine Jen Chaney composed in 2020. "No other show on TV back then could have concentrated an whole incident on a Pac-Man dependence or a New Wave-themed bat mitzvah that featured the true band Devo acting'That is Good. '''

On Thursday, Parker tweeted:"Struggling to come across adequate and proper descriptive words to describe her itself. I want time. Cause I am coming up short. Gosh, she was something. RIP Anne. Thank you. For memories quite few 17/18 yr olds get to create."

Beatts' afterwards credits comprised writing for"Murphy Brown" and"The Belles of Bleeker Street," generating"Another World" and also helping to compose the stage musical"Leader of the Pack."

Beatts was a native of Buffalo, New York, that finally settled with her family farther downstate at Somers. She climbed up among joke and readers letters and talked of honing her own humor if just to maintain.

After attending McGill University, she obtained an early breakup writing humor for National Lampoon magazine, at which several future"Saturday Night Live" performers and authors functioned. She stopped the magazine at the mid-1970sout of frustration of being overlooked by the largely male staff. However, while there she started dating fellow author Michael O'Donoghue, who had been hired by producer Lorne Michaels for what became"Saturday Night Live."

She believed I had been hiring her for the wrong reasons -- since O'Donoghue was her boyfriend and if we met, she had been a combo of careful and friendly. She was a bit combative. But this was 1975. Everybody was somewhat combative in 1975."

Beatts, who turned Michaels down in part because she did not like tv, already was famous for an odd sense of comedy that was shared with several on"Saturday Night Live."

But she did not learn it in Lampoon. She had it. Such a contradiction also since she was a really sweet man."

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