Ann Beatts has died. A pioneer in the world of comedy writing, Beatts is perhaps best known for his five years as a writer in the early days of Saturday night live, where, as one of the few women on the show’s writing staff, she helped create any number of classessic characters and sketches. After leaving series, Beats continued to create his own television, mostly the cult high school sitcom Square pegshelping to start the career of young Sarah Jessica Parker in the process. According to Diversity, Beats the death was confirmed today by her longtime friend Rona Edwards. Beats was 74 years old.
Beats first gained popularity as a comedy writer with his tenure as an editor at National light bulb, one of several comedy tributaries that joined the writing staff of the original SNL. (She was known to be a co-author of a fake ad that won the magazine from Volkswagen.) After joining the series, Beats he often mated with fellow writer Rosie Schuster, where they were oftenasked with developmental material for women from the show’s staff, mostly Gilda Radner. (Like many of the early ones SNL writers, Beates has served as a writer in Radner’s 1980 solo play. Gilda Live.) Beats writes about SNL for the entire original possession of Lorne Michaels in the series, creating characters such as Todd and Lisa Lupner (also known as the Nerds), Buck Henry’s deeply disturbing “Uncle Roy” and Fred Garvin, a male prostitute.
In the 80’s, Beats started on her own, creating Square pegs for CBS. He is supposed to tell the same teen-focused stories that John Hughes will spend the next decade digging for hits, the one-season show features a cast of future stars (mostly Parker), a new heavy-duty soundtrack and at least a few episodic performances of Beats’ old friends –mostly Bill Murray as a guest star in one episode. (Father Guido Sarducci also appeared.) Unfortunately,, reports of dysfunction on the set of the show lEd to the studio, pulling the plug on a promising start, ending the series after one season
After Square pegs finished, Beats continued to write with some regularity, preparing an episode of Murphy Brown in 90s and writing for the short-lived comedian Stephanie Miller late talk show in 1995. She also served for many years as a writing teacher, as an additional professor at the University of Southern California and at Chapman University.