Remembering Actress Betty Garrett

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Remembering Betty Garrett.

Betty Garret has graced the Broadway stage and played Frank Sinatra’s love interest twice onscreen, but according to her son Garrett Parks, the actress passed away Sunday (Feb. 13).

The 91-year-old actress most likely died from an aortic aneurysm.

Garrett’s two most famous movie roles were in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “On the Town,” both in 1949, where she a girl in love with Frank Sinatra.

What I find truly interesting is that Garrett was blacklisted from Hollywood and her film career was cut short. Her husband, Larry Parks, had to testify to the HUACC about his brief membership in the community party. They were both then blacklisted.

Garrett later went on to make appearances in both “All in the Family” and “Laverne and Shirley” in the 1970s/1980s. Her most recent work included guest-starring roles on “Boston Public,” “Becker” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Betty is survived by her sons Garrett and Andrew, two daughters-in-law and a granddaughter.