Anne Beatts Wiki – Anne Beatts Biography
Anne Beatts was an American comedy writer. She was an original Saturday Night Live writer who created some of the show’s earliest breakthrough characters, among them the nerdy high schoolers Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Loopner. She was born in Buffalo, New York, to parents she has described as “beatniks”.She grew to have what has been called an “aggressive, dark sensibility” which she later put to use in comedy. Growing up in Somers, New York, she later attended McGill University. It was at McGill University where she discovered the darkly tragic humor of Jewish writers J. D. Salinger, Philip Roth, and Bruce Jay Friedman. At this time, she converted to Judaism.
After graduating from college, she joined National Lampoon magazine, a national offshoot of the Harvard Lampoon. She brought her dark sense of humor to her work and co-wrote a parody advertisement for Volkswagen which was conceived by Philip Socci for which the magazine was later sued by the car company. The advertisement stated, “If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he’d be President today,” accompanied by a photograph of a VW Beetle floating on a lake (an allusion to Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick incident). She became the first female editor of National Lampoon magazine, where she worked with Michael O’Donoghue. The two became romantically involved, and both soon joined the creative team of Saturday Night Live in the early years of the program.
She is regarded as having been something of a pioneer in television and comedy circles, as an early female comedy writer and one of the very few female writers working in the National Lampoon/SNL comedy scene of the 1970s. At SNL she was nominated for an Emmy five times, winning once. In 2001 she won a Writer’s Guild Award. She created the 1982 CBS sitcom Square Pegs, and additionally appeared in uncredited guest spots on the early SNL. She wrote the book for the 1985 Ellie Greenwich jukebox musical Leader of the Pack and produced the first season of A Different World in 1987–1988. After several credits in the 1990s, she eventually moved away from writing for television. In 2006, she directed the series John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You with her writing and producing partner, Eve Brandstein for B-Girls Productions.
In 2007, she served as one of the judges for the online comedy competition Project Breakout. She served as Adjunct Professor in the Writing Division at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, as well as at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She also gave private lessons on writing sketch comedy. She was portrayed by Natasha Lyonne in the 2018 Netflix film A Futile and Stupid Gesture. She was profiled on January 6, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. At her death, she was a lecturer at Chapman University in Orange County, California.
Anne Beatts Age
She was born on February 25, 1947, in Buffalo, New York, U.S. and died on April 7, 2021, aged 74 in West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Anne Beatts Husband
She has not stated who her husband is making it unclear to know her marital status. In the past, she was in a relationship with writer Michael O’Donoghue.
Anne Beatts Children
She is survived by her daughter, Jaylene Beatts, her sister, Barbara and a brother, Murray.
Anne Beatts Death
Beatts died at age 74 on April 7, 2021, at her home in West Hollywood. Her death was announced in a tweet by SNL original cast member Laraine Newman. A cause of death has not been disclosed. “Struggling to find adequate and appropriate descriptive words to describe her singular self,” tweeted Sarah Jessica Parker, who starred in the Beatts-created 1982 CBS sitcom Square Pegs. “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. X, SJ”
Anne Beatts Cause of Death
The cause of her death was not specified.