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Anne Beatts, 'SNL' Writer and 'Square Pegs' Creator, Dies at 74

Anne Beatts, the creator of CBS sitcomSquare Pegs and an original writer ofSaturday Night Live, has died. She was 74. Beatts died on Wednesday, Laraine Newman, an original castmember of SNL, wrote in a tweetThursday. "Our Anne — an OG SNL writer passed away yesterday," Newman wrote. "Anne was a pioneer — she truly paved the way for women in comedy and female comedy writers in particular who may not have had their shot if Anne hadn't come before them — but overall, she was my friend — my heart is completely broken," film producer Rona Edwards, a colleague of Beatts' at Chapman University and a friend, added in a statement. "She was one of a kind and no one can ever replace her wit, her wisdom, and her talent, but to me, nothing can ever.

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