Betty Garrett was one of my favorite actresses and she died today from an aneurysm at the age of 91. A singer, dancer, and comedienne, she worked copiously on the stage, on Broadway and in L.A. and the U.K. In film, she played supporting roles in a lot of famous MGM musical films, such as On the Town and Neptune’s Daughter in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and in the seventies, she is best remembered for playing Irene, the feisty liberal neighbor who played the foil to Archie Bunker on the t.v. series All in the Family and as the landlady Edna on the show Laverne & Shirley. She had big eyes and a brassy voice and I was always happy to see her on screen.
Here’s Betty performing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Red Skelton in Neptune’s Daughter and “You’re Awful” with Frank Sinatra in On the Town: