Beatts, one of the late-night sketch show’s original writers, died on Wednesday at the age of 74. Her cause of death was not disclosed.
Beginning her career in comedy writing at National Lampoon magazine, Beatts wrote for SNL for five seasons, between 1975 and 1980. In concert with her writing partner Roshie Shuster, she created such beloved characters as nerdy high schoolers Todd DiLaMuca and Lisa Loopner (played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radner), Laraine Newman’s Shirley Temple-like child psychiatrist and the lustful Uncle Roy (Buck Henry), among others. Earning an Emmy and five nominations for her writing on SNL, Beatts also created the 1982 comedy series Square Pegs, and wrote on such SNL-related projects as Saturday Night Live 25.
Later in Saturday’s show SNL honored DMX, who passed on Friday, after suffering a heart attack, following a reported drug overdose. The iconic rapper and actor was 50 years old. Cast member Chris Redd held up a “R.I.P. DMX” sign during the episode’s curtain call. A day earlier, he had posted a moving tribute to his childhood idol. (See it below)
Launching into his career in the early ’90s, DMX released seven studio albums, including It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998), …And Then There Was X(1999), The Great Depression (2001), Grand Champ (2003), Year of the Dog… Again (2006) and Undisputed (2012). The three-time Grammy nominee’s sole appearance as SNL‘s musical guest was on February 12, 2000, on an episode hosted by Julianna Margulies.
My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man. DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man….RIP the dog. There will never be another like him. pic.twitter.com/2fp2S695Az
— Chris Redd (@Reddsaidit) April 9, 2021
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