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Sunday
Feb132011

Former Broadway Star Betty Garrett Dead at 91

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Betty Garrett, the former on-stage love interest of Frank Sinatra in two Broadway musicals, died on Saturday at the age of 91.

Her son, Garrett Parks, said she had been in good health in recent weeks and had taught her weekly musical theater class on Wednesday. It appears her death was caused by an aortic aneurysm, an abnormal expansion of the body's major artery. Parks said she began to feel ill on Friday when she checked into the Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Garrett's career was jump started by appearances in the musicals On The Town and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. In both works, she has a romantic crush on Sinatra. On The Town features Garrett as a female cab driver, who tries to woo the bashful Sinatra.

In the later years of her career, Garrett had roles in the 1970s television shows All in the Family and Laverne & Shirley.

She dabbled in motion pictures, but her career on the silver screen was cut short by a hunt for communists across the country. Her spouse, actor Larry Parks, was forced by Congress to testify about his history with the communist party, which subsequently hurt her film career.

Garrett is survived by Garrett Parks, and one other son, Andrew.

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