Betty Garrett is an American actress, comedienne, singer and dancer who originally performed on Broadway before being signed to a film contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While there, she appeared in several musical films before returning to Broadway and making guest appearances on television series.
Later, she became known for the roles she played in two prominent 1970s sitcoms: Archie Bunker’s liberal neighbor Irene Lorenzo in All in the Family and landlady Edna Babish in Laverne and Shirley.
Recently, Garrett has appeared in television series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Public and Becker as well as several Broadway plays and revivals.
Garrett was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Shortly after her birth, her parents relocated to Seattle, Washington, where her mother, Octavia, managed the sheet music department in Sherman Clay, while her father, Curtis, worked as a traveling salesman. His alcoholism and inability to handle finances eventually led to their divorce, and Garrett and her mother lived in a series of residential hotels in order to curtail expenses.