Garrett, Betty

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Betty Garrett
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Garrett, Betty Gender: F
born on 23 May 1919 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place St. Joseph MO, USA, 39n46, 94w50
Timezone CWT h5w (is war time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 01°18' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 08°36 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 16°50'


American actress who began with Broadway musicals as a comedy star in her youth. She later became a character actress in films and TV. Garrett began her 60-year career in show business at MGM. Her films include her debut in "Big City," 1946, "Neptune's Daughter, " 1949 and "My Sister Eileen," 1955. In the latter she co-starred with Jack Lemmon and they played together again 43 years later on the TV drama "The Long Way Home," released on 3/01/1998. Two memorable roles were with Frank Sinatra in "On the Town" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." In 1995, she worked up a comedy act, and in 1998, she co-founded, taught and acted with Musical Theater West, looking incredibly well at 78.

She married game show host Larry Parks whose earlier promising career was cut short by the 1951 House Committee hearings. They managed to take their career to Las Vegas where they were well received. Handling a live audience did have its handicaps, such as the night when Sen. Joseph McCarthy, very drunk, wanted to buy them a drink.

Garrett's singing has been limited since 1994 due to a persistent cough. Suffering from asthma, she had an attack during which a paramedic accidentally caused a puncture wound to her esophagus.

Her autobiography was published in 1998, "Betty Garrett and Other Songs."

An aortic aneurysm ended her life on February 12, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Autobiography published)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 March 1998 (TV drama shown)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1946 (Film debut)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Comedy review)
  • Health : Chronic illness 1994 (Asthma interferes with work)
  • Death by Disease 12 February 2011 (Age 91 of aortic aneurysm)
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Source Notes

Burt Granite quotes her


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater, Broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Traits : Body : Appearance gorgeous (Better looking as she aged than when young)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Betty Garrett and Other Songs)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Married Larry Parks and worked with Jack Lemmon)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Musical Theater West)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease