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Betty Garrett, actress in film, TV, Broadway, dies
Yahoo - AP ^ | 02/13/11 | Andrew Dalton

Posted on 02/13/2011 9:38:09 AM PST by Borges

LOS ANGELES – Betty Garrett, the vivacious Broadway star who played Frank Sinatra's sweetheart in two MGM musicals before her career was hampered by the Hollywood blacklist, has died in Los Angeles, her son said Sunday. She was 91.

Garrett died Saturday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, most likely from an aortic aneurysm, said her son, Garrett Parks. Garrett had been in good health and taught her usual musical comedy class at Theater West, the non-profit organization she helped found, on Wednesday night, but Friday checked into the hospital with heart trouble, and died with her family at her side the following morning.

Garrett was best known as the flirtatious girl in love with the shy Sinatra in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "On the Town," both in 1949, and later in life she became well-known to TV audiences with recurring roles in the 1970s sitcoms "All in the Family" and "Laverne and Shirley."

Her movie career was brief, largely because of the Red Hunt led by congressmen who forced her husband, actor Larry Parks, to testify about his earlier membership in the Communist Party.

Parks had won stardom and an Academy Award nomination as best actor for his dynamic portrayal of singer Al Jolson in the 1946 "The Jolson Story." But in 1951, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and he admitted that he had joined the Communist Party in 1941 and left in 1944 or 1945.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bettygarrett; blacklist; hollywood; mccarthy

1 posted on 02/13/2011 9:38:10 AM PST by Borges
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To: Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

ping


2 posted on 02/13/2011 9:41:08 AM PST by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: Perdogg

I am so sick of whiners like Woody Allen whimpering about the Black Listing. As if they don’t blacklist against conservatives.

Communists are a deadly force in the US. And anyone that sympathizes with them or is a member is a traitor.


3 posted on 02/13/2011 9:43:06 AM PST by Squidster
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To: Squidster

What Woody Allen film are you talking about?


4 posted on 02/13/2011 9:44:18 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

What a lovely woman. RIP.


5 posted on 02/13/2011 9:48:50 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (What used to be called treason is now official US foreign policy.)
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To: Borges

I always liked her as an actress and thought she was very attractive as an older woman. It’s nice she forgave people for her joining the Communist Party.


6 posted on 02/13/2011 10:03:08 AM PST by Krankor (And he's oh, so good, And he's oh, so fine, And he's oh, so healthy, In his body and his mind)
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To: Borges
Beyond her politics; which, who knows, may have changed dramatically. . .you can still see a beautiful woman here and suspect she retained some of this per further aging. A certain irony, perhaps; being in hospital named for Ronald Reagan. . .

Anyway; despite Garrett's blacklisting; "91" years, a good run. . .

And yes, there is/was 'blacklisting' and there IS blacklisting now - and it's practice far more subtle and sinister, and w/o transparency; all per the unfortunate habit of Liberal/communist Community.

7 posted on 02/13/2011 10:07:29 AM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: Borges


8 posted on 02/13/2011 10:27:59 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Borges

Oh, I liked her. RIP.


9 posted on 02/13/2011 10:42:14 AM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Borges

Another Hollywood commie. Pardon me if I don’t cry.


10 posted on 02/13/2011 11:07:16 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Squidster

Interesting that the question to anyone blacklisted is never, “do you ever regret joining the communist party?”


11 posted on 02/13/2011 11:11:29 AM PST by classified
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To: Borges

Another Norman Lear commie-symp but 91 is a long life and great for her that she was able to work until almost the end.


12 posted on 02/13/2011 11:13:45 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Borges

As PJ O’rorke once said (or something similar) ‘Another left-wing Com-symp off to find out if there is a God or not.’

Wish I could find the quote.


13 posted on 02/13/2011 11:30:42 AM PST by x1stcav (Obama: The Mistake of '08.)
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To: Borges

She probably answered the “Are you now and have you ever been a communist?” with the Metzembaum reply: “I can’t believe you’d ask me that!” without answering the question . . . yes or no. I have no sympathy for these Hollyweirdos who evaded this genuine question.

As has been said many times, McCarthy was NOT wrong with his accusations. He was just never given the courtesy of an answer.


14 posted on 02/13/2011 12:01:19 PM PST by laweeks
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To: ozzymandus

People don’t seem to be reading the article. It was her husband who was the communist.


15 posted on 02/13/2011 12:29:41 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
There was the movie about the blacklist, “The Front” but Allen only starred in it.
16 posted on 02/13/2011 12:33:04 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Borges
before her career was hampered by the Hollywood blacklist

T.S., and a lame excuse. She had a great run, but I guess politically, her mouth ran ahead of her brains.

Onstage, she was a genius. We have a CD of the show "This is the Army!" by Irving Berlin, where there are also cuts from a postwar show by Harold Rome called "Call Me Mister!" She's brilliant in that, especially "Yuletide Park Avenue" and "Take Back Your Samba!" Delightful voice, perfect diction and timing, and hilarious delivery. Get the disk.

R.I.P.

17 posted on 02/13/2011 12:39:51 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

It was written by blacklisted Walter Bernstein and directed by the blacklisted Martin Ritt. Bernstein also wrote ‘Fail Safe’ and is still alive.


18 posted on 02/13/2011 12:40:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: laweeks

She was never called to testify.


19 posted on 02/13/2011 12:41:13 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
The Front was a 1976 movie where Allen played a cashier who pretended to write scripts so blacklisted writers could work. They'd write the scripts and he'd submit them in his name.
20 posted on 02/13/2011 12:52:34 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball; Borges
That was the movie that had him pinging about the blacklist in later interviews;

It's available online here through Hulu.com for free;

http://www.crackle.com/c/The_Front/The_Front/2483289

21 posted on 02/13/2011 1:12:55 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Borges

RIP.


22 posted on 02/13/2011 1:56:51 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Borges
From the article:

Garrett had also had a brief dalliance with the party...

23 posted on 02/13/2011 3:14:24 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

That isn’t something that marks her as a life long communist.


24 posted on 02/13/2011 3:24:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
It doesn't look like her husband was a lifelong Communist, either, but they both tried it out.

Not cool.

25 posted on 02/13/2011 3:34:30 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
Unfortunately, it was highly popular in the 1930s and early 40s. Socailist candidates got more votes than they ever would again.
26 posted on 02/13/2011 3:36:00 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

I recognize her.


27 posted on 02/13/2011 3:39:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Borges

According to Wikipedia, both were members of the Communist Party but only her husband was called on to testify.


28 posted on 02/13/2011 3:43:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Borges
FDR and his crew were responsible for most of it.

If I had to name a single American who did the most long term damage to this nation in its history, FDR is it.

29 posted on 02/13/2011 3:43:28 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Even before him. Norman Thomas was popular in the 1920s. And there was this guy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Z._Foster


30 posted on 02/13/2011 3:47:53 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
Both Betty Garrett and her husband, Larry Parks, were members of the Communist Party.

She joined the Party during her early career days in New York City. After joining she avidly volunteered her song-and-dance talents at many fundraisers for communist and progressive causes.

Parks was born in Joliet, Illinois, about 50 miles from where I was born.

Leni

31 posted on 02/13/2011 3:57:39 PM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BOR...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally compare to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: MinuteGal

If I got judged by stuff I did as a teen and early 20-something I’d hate it.


32 posted on 02/13/2011 4:02:19 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges
I never would have joined the Communist party, though, when I was in my 20's.....and then remained in it, and then raised funds for it, and then married a commie......

No way, no how, no dice.

Leni

33 posted on 02/13/2011 4:27:46 PM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BOR...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally compare to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: MinuteGal

Agreed.


34 posted on 02/13/2011 4:31:50 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Borges
Garrett had been in good health and taught her usual musical comedy class at Theater West, the non-profit organization she helped found, on Wednesday night, but Friday checked into the hospital with heart trouble, and died with her family at her side the following morning.

It's wonderful that she was teaching a class and accomplishing so much at her age.

RIP...

35 posted on 02/13/2011 6:33:01 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Perdogg

Betty in 1974...

36 posted on 02/13/2011 6:46:47 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: MinuteGal
You weren't living during the Depression. They probably joined together as naive youth. Larry Parks apparently left the party after WW2.
37 posted on 02/13/2011 7:34:26 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

You’re sure making a lot of excuses for communist traitors.


38 posted on 02/14/2011 11:22:01 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

LOL Do you know how many people got involved somehow with various socialist movements back then (pre WW2). Was Lucille Ball a traitor too? She registered as a communist twice.


39 posted on 02/14/2011 11:31:21 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

So communism is a “social movement”? Was Nazism a “social movement”? I already knew Lucy was a commie, and yes, she was just as stupid as Betty Garrett.


40 posted on 02/14/2011 12:00:58 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Borges

So communism is a “social movement”? Was Nazism a “social movement”? I already knew Lucy was a commie, and yes, she was just as stupid as Betty Garrett.


41 posted on 02/14/2011 12:01:08 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

I said “socialist” movement. Flappers were a social movement. My point was that it’s stupid to judge someone by something they did in the teens and early 20s when they did nothing else related to it for the rest of a long life.


42 posted on 02/14/2011 12:11:02 PM PST by Borges
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