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Anne Beatts, pioneering 'SNL' writer and 'Square Pegs' creator, has died

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Anne Beatts, a pioneering writer for "Saturday Night Live" and National Lampoon who also created the sitcom "Square Pegs," died Wednesday, according to a statement from NBC. She was 74.

(CNN)Anne Beatts, a pioneering writer for "Saturday Night Live" and National Lampoon who also created the sitcom "Square Pegs," died Wednesday, according to a statement from NBC.

A two-time Emmy winner for "SNL," Beatts became the first female contributing editor to the humor magazine National Lampoon before being tapped as part of the founding writing team on the NBC latenight program in 1975.

Beatts was also a writer on the 1980 film "Gilda Live," a filmed version of Radner's Broadway show.

In a 2009 interview with the Television Academy, Beatts recalled of those early days on the show, "Rosie Shuster and I collaborated a lot, and for most of the time we were the only two women.

Beatts left "Saturday Night" in 1980 and created "Square Pegs," a teen-oriented comedy that starred Sarah Jessica Parker but ran only one season.

Beatts returned to "SNL" to contribute to its 25th anniversary special in 1999.

Original "SNL" cast member Laraine Newman tweeted, "Our Anne -- an OG SNL writer passed away yesterday. " In 2020, Vulture critic Jen Chaney wrote an appreciation of Beatts, saying, "Whether they realize it or not, every teen series and movie that followed 'Square Pegs' owes it, and Anne Beatts, a debt of total gratitude. "

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