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Subject: TV Writer Lila Garrett

Dies at 94
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Date Posted: Saturday, February 08, 01:01:00pm

Radical radio station KPFK host Lila Garrett, 94, passes

LOS ANGELES—It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing on Feb. 1 of one of my best friends, KPFK host and Emmy-award winning writer Lila Garrett, always a pistol, yet married to the peace movement and forever committed to progressive values.

I said my goodbyes to Lila a little over a week ago, when I stopped by her apartment at the Motion Picture Home in Tarzana, California, gathered round her bed with her dear daughter Eliza Roberts and Lila’s talented son-in-law Eric Roberts, also her gourmet granddaughter Morgan, and others, to promise Lila we were going to kick Trump to the curb. Any talk of politics always perked her up and you could tell, by the way she raised her head, that she was all in for Trump’s ouster.

Born in Brooklyn in 1925, Garrett was a writer of comedy. She began writing questions for game shows when she first came to Hollywood and then wrote for the sitcoms, including The Second Hundred Years, My Favorite Martian, All in the Family, and Bewitched. She also co-wrote, with Joseph L. McEveety, Bernie Kahn and Stu Billett, the 1971 Disney TV movie The Barefoot Executive.

Garrett won two Emmys for 90-Minute Comedies, Mother of the Bride and The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose. The movie The Way We Were, starring Barbara Streisand, was reportedly written about Lila Garrett.

She did not consider herself a “woman writer” or “woman director.” She was just a writer/director/commentator and she was a feminist.

She did not believe in war, any war, and if you watch the numerous comedies she wrote, produced, directed and acted in, you’ll find her message layered throughout. She did believe in peace, justice and equality—and the use of humor, keen observation and reportage of humanity to get people there.

Garrett was president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, for many productive years. She was a founding member of Progressive Democrats of America.

Garrett was also a frequent contributor to the online magazine LA Progressive. She was not “still working” at ninety-four: She was just working. She was a great convener, activating people from far and wide to work for peace and justice. Most recently her passion was for electing Bernie Sanders. She was always kind enough to host allow any number of progressive meetings in her home.

She believed that “Right after your kids, your most important love must be your work.”

She remained in command of her life until the end, feeling healthy enough to demand to be sent home as recently as the day before she passed away! This was not the change she’d hoped for in 2020.

Fellow KPFK radio host Suzi Weissman said, “Lila was Socialist Party royalty, literally growing up in the movement, and she only got more and more committed as the years went by. She was sharp, funny, incisive and sometimes caustic.”


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