Former “Saturday Night Live” writer Anne Beatts passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, according to her close friend Rona Edwards. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Beatts got her start as a TV comedy writer at “SNL” in 1975. She worked on the evening sketch series alongside writers Rosie Shuster, Alan Zweibel and Marilyn Suzanne Miller.
Famous cast members such as Dan Aykroy, Chevy Chase, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray delivered iconic lines penned by Beatts and her team, including Lisa Loopner’s catchphrase: “That’s so funny I forgot to laugh.”
Beatts went on to work on the late-night series for five seasons.
By 1982, Beatts’ young adult sitcom “Square Pegs” debuted with actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Linker starring as a Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, respectively. The show lasted for one season and centered on the two awkward teens in their freshman year at Weemawee High School.
“Square Pegs” was praised by critics at the time and maintains a rating of 7.3 out 10 stars on IMDb.
Parker, 56, expressed her grief in a tweet Thursday: “Struggling to find adequate and appropriate descriptive words to describe her singular self. I need time. Cause I’m coming up short. Gosh, she was really something. RIP Anne. Thank you. For memories very few 17/18 yr olds get to make.”
Other notable writing and producing credits of Beatts include “Murphy Brown,” “the Bellers of Bleeker Street,” “A Different World” and “Leader of the Pack.”