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Anne Beatts, pioneering comic and original ‘SNL’ writer, dead at 74

confirmed to Variety. The comic was one of the first — and few — female writers on staff as “SNL” launched in 1975. Beatts was behind many classic sketches like “Todd and Lisa Loopner” and “Male Prostitute.” She was also the first female contributing editor for the National Lampoon magazine. “I remember once at ‘Saturday Night Live’ having spent the night in my office.

There was a heavy snowfall overnight, and I looked out the window onto Fifth Avenue and I saw that the entire street was covered with pristine fresh snow,” Beatts told the Television Academy in 2009. “I just felt very joyful and I thought the 8-year-old me always wanted to stay in the city — when you would be going to FAO Schwarz and the Museum of Natural History — and I was.

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