Tonight, Saturday Night Live paid photographic tribute to Anne Beats and DMX, both of whom passed away this week.
One of the original writers of the late night sketch show, Beatts died on Wednesday at the age of 74. His cause of death has not been disclosed.
DMX, meanwhile, died Friday, after suffering a heart attack, following a reported drug overdose. The iconic rapper and actor was 50 years old.
Starting her career in comedy writing at National Lampoon magazine, Beatts wrote for SNL for five seasons, between 1975 and 1980. In concert with her writing partner Roshie Shuster, she created beloved characters like nerdy high school kids Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Loopner (played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radner), child psychiatrist Shirley Temple of Laraine Newman. and lewd Uncle Roy (Buck Henry), among others. Winning an Emmy and five nominations for her writing on SNL, Beatts also created the 1982 comedy series Square anchors, and wrote on such SNL-related projects like Saturday night live 25.
Launching his career in the early 90s, DMX released seven studio albums, including It’s dark and hell is hot (1998), Flesh of my flesh, blood of my blood (1998), … And then there was X(1999), The great Depression (2001), Large Field (2003), Year of the dog … again (2006) and Undisputed (2012). The three-time Grammy nominee’s only appearance as SNLThe musical guest was on February 12, 2000 on an episode hosted by Julianna Margulies.