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Once-blacklisted Garrett gets Walk of Fame star

May 26, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Betty Garrett, the once-blacklisted actress who co-starred as Edna Babish on the TV sitcom "Laverne & Shirley," was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Friday's ceremony marked Garrett's 84th birthday, and friends including actors Jeff and Beau Bridges attended to help her celebrate.

Garrett also appeared in the sitcom "All in the Family" as the chatty friend of Edith Bunker. On "Laverne & Shirley," Garrett played a landlady who married Laverne's father.

In movies, she co-starred with Frank Sinatra in the 1949 films "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "On the Town."

Garrett and her late husband Larry Parks were both briefly blacklisted during the McCarthy era for their interest in communism in the early 1950s.

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Garrett returned to work in 1955 to star with Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon in the musical version of "My Sister Eileen."

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