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‘Saturday Night Live’ pioneer writer was 74 – Deadline

Anne Beatts, an original Saturday Night Live The writer who created some of the show’s first groundbreaking characters, including nerdy high school kids Todd and Lisa Lupner, died yesterday.

His death was announced in a tweet from SNL original actor Laraine Newman. Further details were not disclosed.

Beatts, who also created the 1982 CBS sitcom Square Pegs starring Sarah Jessica Parker, began her comedy writing career with a stint at National Lampoon magazine, becoming the first editor-in-chief of the Harvard Lampoon spin-off. . While there, she met and befriended Michael O’Donoghue, and the two will soon take part in the development of Lorne Michaels’ Saturday Night Live.

Along with his writing partner Rosie Shuster, Beatts created fundamental SNL characters such as Todd and Lisa (played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radnor), child psychiatrist Shirley Temple of Laraine Newman, lewd Uncle Roy (Buck Henry) and two of Dan Aykroyd. Biggest Hits: The sleazy comic book salesman Irwin Mainway and Fred Garvin, the unlikely male prostitute.

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In addition to SNL, The Beatts created and produced the short-lived but fondly remembered Square Pegs, and co-produced the first season of NBC’s A Different World and in 1995 produced syndicated The Stephanie Miller Show.

For Broadway, Beatts wrote the 1979 solo show Gilda Radnor – Live From New York, and is credited with writing the voiceover notes for Ellie Greenwich’s Leader of the Pack musical.

More recently, Beatts participated in the development of a new Blues Brothers project with Aykroyd and Judy Belushi, widow of John Belushi.

Beatts was an assistant professor in the writing division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, as well as at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

Information on the survivors was not immediately available.

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