23 May 1919, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. After winning a scholarship to a New York theatre company, Garrett enjoyed some success on the stage. She was an accomplished dancer, working with the celebrated Martha Graham troupe, and she also sang in clubs and hotel lounges. She made her Broadway debut in 1942 in the revue Let Freedom Ring, and had supporting roles in other stage shows such as Something For The Boys, Jackpot, and Laffing Room Only. After starring in Call Me Mister (1946) in which she introduced Harold Romes South America, Take It Away, she was signed to a film contract. In the late 40s she sang and danced with immense zest and vitality in popular movie musicals such as Big City, Words And Music, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, On The Town, and Neptunes Daughter.
After retiring to have children Garrett attempted a comeback but her husband, Larry Parks, who had starred in two biopics about Al Jolson, had been...