A two-time Emmy winner for “SNL,” Beatts grew to become the primary feminine contributing editor to the humor journal Nationwide Lampoon earlier than being tapped as a part of the founding writing crew on the NBC latenight program in 1975. She labored on plenty of memorable sketches, together with a number of that includes Gilda Radner, amongst them the “Nerds” with then-writing accomplice Rosie Shuster. Beatts was additionally a author on the 1980 movie “Gilda Reside,” a filmed model of Radner’s Broadway present.
In a 2009 interview with the Tv Academy, Beatts recalled of these early days on the present, “Rosie Shuster and I collaborated rather a lot, and for more often than not we have been the one two ladies. … We might all the time really feel the duty to ensure that ‘the ladies’ within the forged, as they have been identified, have been lined.”
Beatts left “Saturday Evening” in 1980 and created “Sq. Pegs,” a teen-oriented comedy that starred Sarah Jessica Parker however ran just one season.
Subsequent credit included “The Cosby Present” spinoff “A Completely different World” and producing “The Stephanie Miller Present.” Her writing additionally included books — co-editing a group of ladies’s humor referred to as “Titters” — and a column for the Los Angeles Occasions.
Beatts returned to “SNL” to contribute to its twenty fifth anniversary particular in 1999. Most not too long ago, she had been instructing writing at Chapman College in Southern California by its faculty of movie and media arts, having additionally taught at USC and Cal State College at Northridge.
She is survived by her daughter, Jaylene Beatts. The reason for dying was not disclosed.