Anne Beatts, pioneering ‘SNL’ writer and ‘Square Pegs’ creator, dead at 74

A two-time Emmy winner for “SNL,” Beatts ended up being the very first female contributing editor to the humor publication National Lampoon prior to being tapped as part of the starting composing group on the NBC latenight program in 1975. She dealt with a variety of remarkable sketches, consisting of numerous including Gilda Radner, amongst them the “Nerds” with then-writing partner Rosie Shuster. Beatts was likewise an author on the 1980 movie “Gilda Live,” a recorded variation of Radner’s Broadway program.

In a 2009 interview with the Tv Academy, Beatts remembered of those early days on the program, “Rosie Shuster and I collaborated a lot, and for most of the time we were the only two women. … We would always feel the responsibility to make sure that ‘the girls’ in the cast, as they were known, were covered.”

Beatts left “Saturday Night” in 1980 and developed “Square Pegs,” a teen-oriented funny that starred Sarah Jessica Parker however ran just one season.

Subsequent credits consisted of “The Cosby Show” spinoff “A Different World” and producing “The Stephanie Miller Show.” Her writing likewise consisted of books — co-editing a collection of females’s humor called “Titters” — and a column for the Los Angeles Times.

Beatts went back to “SNL” to add to its 25th anniversary unique in 1999. Most just recently, she had actually been teaching composing at Chapman University in Southern California through its school of movie and media arts, having likewise taught at USC and Cal State University at Northridge.

Initial “SNL” cast member Laraine Newman tweeted, “Our Anne — an OG SNL writer passed away yesterday.” In 2020, Vulture critic Jen Chaney composed a gratitude of Beatts, stating, “Whether they realize it or not, every teen series and movie that followed ‘Square Pegs’ owes it, and Anne Beatts, a debt of total gratitude.”

She is made it through by her child, Jaylene Beatts. The cause of death was not revealed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.