Here's how Betty Garrett felt about her character being written out of ''All in the Family''

Betty Garrett didn't mind one bit.

Not every character is meant to last an entire series, but that doesn't mean that they're any less important. Radar O'Reilly left M*A*S*H before the series had a proper conclusion, but that doesn't mean we love Gary Burghoff as an actor any less. Furthermore, an actor leaving a project doesn't always have to be a sad thing, as it gives them a chance to either get some well-earned time off or pursue other projects.

Such was the case with Betty Garrett, who graced our screens from 1973 to 1975 on All in the Family before she was written out of the series. Garrett, however, wasn't bitter or upset about the way things had turned out. In an interview with The Tampa Tribune, she actually spoke of her departure from the show after a performance of "Betty Garrett and Other Songs."

The actress wasn't a bit upset, and said, "I really didn't have much to do." She explained, "I was a hi-bye girl. I didn't really have any good scenes, so it was foolish for them to keep paying me every week."

Irene was often seen as a foil for Archie with her sharp wit and contrasting viewpoints. Garrett had actually won a Golden Globe for her performance in the role as well.

Still, Garrett, who was well-equipped with a storied career before she entered the cast of All in the Family, was able to recognize the visibility and fame that the series had given her.

She said, "More people knew who I was after that series than after all those movies."

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Lantern 6 months ago
Betty Garrett did a really funny guest shot on "Becker" in 2003.
WordsmithWorks 6 months ago
I wish that other actors or writer or producer would realize when it is time to say goodbye to a character. Larry Linville knew it about his Frank Burns character. Same with Ron Howard and Richie Cunningham.
CoreyC WordsmithWorks 6 months ago
Larry left M*A*S*H cause Frank Burns wasn't allowed to evolve as for Ron Howard he left caused he wanted to direct.
WordsmithWorks CoreyC 6 months ago
They both took those characters as far as they could.
Yes I agree with you on this as I have read the same about Larry Linville.
MrsPhilHarris 6 months ago
I don’t remember on the show. 🤔
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justjeff KJExpress 6 months ago
..or get a job writing for MeTV!
cperrynaples KJExpress 6 months ago
No, the Jeffersons were still in the neighborhood! After moving to the East Side, they rented their old house to Mike & Gloria!
KJExpress cperrynaples 6 months ago
I have forgotten so much about that show. I stopped watching it towards the end of the run, I guess. 🤔
Runeshaper 6 months ago
Betty Garrett sounds like a very level-headed lady (-:
LoveMETV22 6 months ago
Enjoyed Betty Garrett on AITF and the way her character interacted with Carroll O'Connor's character on the series. She did an interview with the Television Academy Foundation on being cast on the series:

cperrynaples LoveMETV22 6 months ago
Vincent Gardenia played her husband Frank for one season but left first because he wanted to return to New York! Things weren't too bad for Betty as she got to play Edna Babish on Laverne & Shirley!
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 6 months ago
I think Betty Garrett's best run was on "Laverne and Shirley" as Edna Babish (DeFazio) for 97 episodes.
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 6 months ago
She seemed very satisfied with her Film, Television and Stage work.
LoveMETV22 LoveMETV22 6 months ago

Glad they had the Irene character on the series. She brought the right amount of balance to the Archie character. Too bad she wasn't part of the series more often.
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