Gilda Radner

Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors, and in 1977, she won an Emmy Award for her performances on the show. She also portrayed those characters in her highly successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979.

Radner's SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy. She died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her autobiography dealt frankly with her life, work, and personal struggles, including those with the illness. Her widower, Gene Wilder, carried out her personal wish that information about her illness would help other cancer victims, founding and inspiring organizations that emphasize early diagnosis, hereditary factors and support for cancer victims. She was posthumously awarded a Grammy Award in 1990. Radner was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1992; and she posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.

Gilda Radner
Gilda Radner
Radner as Roseanne Roseannadanna in 1980
Gilda Susan Radner

June 28, 1946
DiedMay 20, 1989 (aged 42)
Cause of deathOvarian cancer
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationComedian, actress
Years active1972–1989
Known forOriginal cast member of Saturday Night Live
AwardsEmmy Award
1977 Saturday Night Live
Grammy Award
1990 (posthumously)
Michigan Women's Hall of Fame
1992 (posthumously)
Hollywood Walk of Fame
2003 (posthumously)

Early life

Radner was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Jewish parents, Henrietta (née Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a businessman.[1][2] Through her mother, Radner was a second cousin of business executive Steve Ballmer.[3] She grew up in Detroit with a nanny, Elizabeth Clementine Gillies, whom she called "Dibby" (and on whom she based her famous character Emily Litella),[4] and an older brother named Michael. She attended the exclusive University Liggett School in Detroit. Toward the end of her life, Radner wrote in her autobiography, It's Always Something, that during her childhood and young adulthood, she battled numerous eating disorders: "I coped with stress by having every possible eating disorder from the time I was nine years old. I have weighed as much as 160 pounds and as little as 93. When I was a kid, I overate constantly. My weight distressed my mother and she took me to a doctor who put me on Dexedrine diet pills when I was ten years old."[5]

Radner was close to her father, who operated Detroit's Seville Hotel, where many nightclub performers and actors stayed while performing in the city.[6] He took her on trips to New York to see Broadway shows.[7] As Radner wrote in It's Always Something, when she was 12, her father developed a brain tumor, and the symptoms began so suddenly that he told people his eyeglasses were too tight.[8] Within days, he was bedridden and unable to communicate, and remained in that condition until his death two years later.[8]

Radner graduated from Liggett and enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1964.


In Ann Arbor, Radner dropped out in her senior year[9] to follow her boyfriend, Canadian sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff, to Toronto, where she made her professional acting debut in the 1972 production of Godspell with future stars Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Martin Short, and Paul Shaffer. Afterward, Radner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Toronto.

Radner was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated to some 600 U.S. radio stations from 1974 to 1975. Fellow cast members included John Belushi,[10] Chevy Chase,[10] Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Rhonda Coullet.

Saturday Night Live

Radner gained name recognition as one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players", the freshman group on the first (1975) season of Saturday Night Live. She was the first performer cast for the show,[7] co-wrote much of the material that she performed, and collaborated with Alan Zweibel (of the show's writing staff) on sketches that highlighted her recurring characters.[11] Between 1975 and 1980, she created characters such as obnoxious personal advice expert Roseanne Roseannadanna and "Baba Wawa", a parody of Barbara Walters. After Radner's death, Walters stated in an interview that Radner was the "first person to make fun of news anchors, now it's done all the time."[12]

She also played the character Emily Litella, an elderly, hearing-impaired woman who gave angry and misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update".[7] Additionally, Radner parodied celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Patti Smith, and Olga Korbut in SNL sketches. She won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work on SNL. In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Radner was ranked ninth in importance. "[Radner was] the most beloved of the original cast," they wrote. "In the years between Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld's Elaine, Radner was the prototype for the brainy city girl with a bundle of neuroses."[15]

Radner battled bulimia while on the show. She had a relationship with SNL castmate Bill Murray, with whom she worked at the National Lampoon, which ended badly. Few details of their relationship or its end were made public. In It's Always Something, this is the one reference Radner made to Murray in the entire book: "All the guys [in the National Lampoon group of writers and performers] liked to have me around because I would laugh at them till I peed in my pants and tears rolled out of my eyes. We worked together for a couple of years creating The National Lampoon Show, writing The National Lampoon Radio Hour, and even working on stuff for the magazine. Bill Murray joined the show and Richard Belzer ..."[16]

In 1979, incoming NBC President Fred Silverman offered Radner her own primetime variety show, which she turned down.[9] That year, she was a host of the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly.[17]

Alan Zweibel, who co-created the Roseanne Roseannadanna character and co-wrote Roseanne's dialogue, recalled that Radner, one of three original SNL cast members who stayed away from cocaine, chastised him for abusing it.[11]

While in character as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Radner gave the commencement address to the graduating class at the Columbia School of Journalism in 1979.[18]

Radner had mixed emotions about the fans and strangers who recognized her in public. She sometimes became "angry when she was approached [by strangers in public], and upset when she wasn't," according to the book by Hill and Weingrad.[19]

Work in theater, a record album and her first movie

In 1979, Radner appeared on Broadway in the successful one-woman show, Gilda Radner - Live From New York.[20] The show featured material that was racier than NBC censors allowed on Saturday Night Live, such as the song "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals". In 1979, shortly before Radner's final season on Saturday Night Live, her Broadway show was filmed by Mike Nichols under the title Gilda Live, co-starring Paul Shaffer and Don Novello, and the movie was released in theaters nationwide in 1980, with poor results. A soundtrack album was also unsuccessful. During the Broadway production, Radner met her first husband, G. E. Smith, a musician who worked on the show. They were married in a civil ceremony in 1980.[9]

In the fall of 1980, after all original SNL cast members departed from the show, Radner began working with actor Sam Waterston in the Jean Kerr play Lunch Hour. They played two people whose spouses are having an affair, and as a reaction they start their own relationship consisting of trysts on their lunch hour.[21] The show ran for more than seven months in various theaters in the United States, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Newspaper critics, including Tom Shales, praised the play and Radner's performance in it.[22]

Personal life

Radner and Smith divorced in 1982.[23][24] Radner met actor Gene Wilder on the set of the Sidney Poitier film Hanky Panky (released in 1982), when the two worked together making the film. She described their first meeting as "love at first sight".[9] She was unable to control her attraction to Wilder as her marriage to guitarist G. E. Smith deteriorated. Radner went on to make a second film with Wilder, The Woman in Red (released in 1984), and their relationship grew. The two were married on September 18, 1984, in Saint-Tropez.[9] The pair made a third film together, Haunted Honeymoon (released in 1986)[9] and remained married until her death in 1989.

Details of Radner's eating disorder were reported in a book about Saturday Night Live by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad,[19] The book by Hill and Weingrad was published and received much media coverage during a period when Radner was consulting various doctors in Los Angeles about her symptoms of illness that turned out to be cancer.


Radner's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

In 1985, Radner was experiencing severe fatigue and suffered from pain in her upper legs on the set of Haunted Honeymoon in the United Kingdom. She sought medical treatment, and for a period of 10 months, various doctors, most of them in Los Angeles, gave her several diagnoses that all turned out to be wrong because she continued to experience pain.[9]

During those 10 months, she faced hardships such as the publication of Hill and Weingrad's highly publicized book about Saturday Night Live, which provided many details about her eating disorder[19][9] as well as the financial failure of Haunted Honeymoon, which grossed only $8,000,000 in the United States, entering the box office at number 8, then slipping to 14 the following week. As Radner wrote in It's Always Something:

On July 26 [1986], Haunted Honeymoon opened nationwide. It was a bomb. One month of publicity and the movie was only in the theaters for a week – a box-office disaster.[9]

Finally, on October 21, 1986, Radner was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer.[9][25] "She immediately underwent surgery and had a hysterectomy," wrote Jenny Song in a 2009 magazine article published by the American Association for Cancer Research.[25] On October 26, "surgeons removed a grapefruit-size tumor from her abdomen," the article continued. Radner then began chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment, as she wrote in It's Always Something, and the treatment caused extreme physical and emotional pain.[9]

After her diagnosis, the National Enquirer ran the headline "Gilda Radner In Life-Death Struggle" in its following issue. Without asking for her comment,[9] the editors of the publication asserted that she was dying. Radner wrote in It's Always Something:

They found an old photo of me looking frightened from a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch and blew that up to make the point. What they did probably sold newspapers, but it had a devastating effect on my family and my friends. It forced Gene [Wilder] to compose a press release to respond. He said that I had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, had had surgery, and my prognosis was good. The Enquirer doesn't like good news, so the Gilda Radner story stopped running.[9]

Four months after her ordeal with the National Enquirer, Radner saw her Saturday Night Live castmates one last time at Laraine Newman's 35th birthday party (in March 1987). According to Bill Murray[26] when he heard she was leaving the party, he and Dan Aykroyd carried her around the Los Angeles house where the party was held, repeatedly saying goodbye to everyone. Since all the guests were comedians, they all did comedy bits with her repeatedly.


After Radner was told that she had gone into remission, she wrote It's Always Something (a catchphrase of her character Roseanne Roseannadanna's),[9] which included details of her struggle with the illness. Life did a March 1988 cover story on her illness, titled "Gilda Radner's Answer to Cancer: Healing the Body with Mind and Heart." In 1988, Radner guest-starred on It's Garry Shandling's Show on Fox TV, to critical acclaim. When Shandling asked her why she had not been seen in public for a while, she replied, "Oh, I had cancer. What did you have?" Shandling's reply: "A very bad series of career moves ... which, by the way, there's no treatment for whatsoever." She repeated on-camera Mark Twain's apocryphal saying,[27] "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Radner planned to host an episode of Saturday Night Live that year, but a writers' strike caused the delay of the network television season.

Illness and death

In September 1988, after tests showed no signs of cancer, Radner went on a maintenance chemotherapy treatment to prolong her remission, but three months later, in December, she learned the cancer had returned.[25] She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 17, 1989, to undergo a CT scan. She was given a sedative and went into a coma during the scan.[28] She did not regain consciousness and died three days later, from ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989; Wilder was at her side.[7]

News of her death broke as Steve Martin was rehearsing to act as the guest host for that night's season finale of Saturday Night Live. The show's performers and crew, including Lorne Michaels, Phil Hartman, and Mike Myers (who had, in his own words, "fallen in love" with Radner after playing her son in a BC Hydro commercial on Canadian television and considered her the reason he wanted to be on SNL),[29] had not known how grave her situation was. Martin's planned opening monologue was scrapped; in its place Martin, in tears, introduced a video clip of a 1978 sketch in which he and Radner had parodied Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in a well-known dance routine from The Band Wagon (1953).[30] After the clip, Martin said it reminded him of "how great she was and of how young I looked. Gilda, we miss you."


Cedars-Sinai West
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center hosts the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center

Wilder established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program[31] at Cedars-Sinai to screen high-risk candidates (such as women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent) and to run basic diagnostic tests. He testified before a Congressional committee that Radner's condition had been misdiagnosed and that if doctors had inquired more deeply into her family background they would have learned that her grandmother, aunt, and cousin all died of ovarian cancer, and therefore they might have attacked the disease earlier.[32]

Radner's death helped raise awareness of early detection of ovarian cancer and the connection to familial epidemiology.[33] The media attention in the two years after Radner's death led to registry of 450 families with familial ovarian cancer at the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, a research database registry at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. The registry was later renamed the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry (GRFOCR).[34] In 1996, Gene Wilder and Registry founder Steven Piver, one of Radner's medical consultants, published Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer.

In 1991, Gilda's Club, a network of affiliate clubhouses where people living with cancer, their friends, and families, can meet to learn how to live with cancer, was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner's cancer psychotherapist, along with Radner's widower, Gene Wilder (also a cancer survivor) and broadcaster Joel Siegel (who later died after a long battle with cancer). The first club opened in New York City in 1995. The organization took its name from Radner's comment that cancer gave her "membership to an elite club I'd rather not belong to".[35] Radner's story can be read in her book, It's Always Something.[9]

Many Gilda's Clubs have opened across the United States and in Canada. In July 2009, Gilda's Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community, another established cancer support organization; the name Cancer Support Community (CSC) was legally adopted in 2011 by the merged organization.[36][37][38] As of 2012, more than 20 local affiliates of Gilda's Club were active. Although some local affiliates of Gilda's Club and The Wellness Community have retained their names, many affiliates have adopted the name Cancer Support Community following the merger.

In 2002, the ABC television network aired a television movie about her life: Gilda Radner: It's Always Something, starring Jami Gertz as Radner.

In 2007, Radner was featured in Making Trouble, a film tribute to female Jewish comedians, produced by the Jewish Women's Archive.[39] Radner makes two comic book appearances. DC Comics Young Love #122 in 1976 and Marvel Team-Up #74 from 1978.

Awards and honors

Radner won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music" for her performance on Saturday Night Live in 1977. She posthumously won a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording" in 1990.

In 1992, Radner was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame for her achievements in arts and entertainment. Through the generosity of many who participated in the 2002 ABC special, "Gilda Radner's Greatest Moments," (including Lynda Carter, Victor Garber, Eric Idle, David Letterman, Eugene Levy, Peter Mann, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Paul Shaffer, Lily Tomlin and The Jim Henson Company), funds were raised to get Gilda a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On June 27, 2003, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. "Saturday Night Live" alumna Molly Shannon (and the host of the ABC special) served as Master of Ceremonies at the induction at which Laraine Newman, Gilda's Club founder Joanna Bull and Gilda's brother Michael F. Radner also spoke to dedicate the honor.[40]

Parts of West Houston Street in New York City, Lombard Street in Toronto, Kirk Road in Warminster, Pennsylvania, and Chester Avenue in White Plains, New York, have been renamed "Gilda Radner Way".



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy Jill of Hearts
1974 The Gift of Winter Nicely/Malicious/Narrator Voice Only
1974–75 Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins Voice Only
1975–80 Saturday Night Live Various Characters 107 Episodes; Also Writer
Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1978 The Muppet Show Herself 1 Episode
1978 Witch's Night Out Witch Voice Only
1979 Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda Herself
1985 Reading Rainbow Herself Voice Only; 1 Episode
1988 It's Garry Shandling's Show Herself 1 Episode


Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Last Detail Nichiren Shoshu Member One Spoken Line
1978 All You Need Is Cash Mrs. Emily Pules TV film; cameo
1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Herself
1980 Animalympics Barbara Warbler/Brenda Springer/Coralee
Perrier/Tatiana Tushenko/Doree Turnell/The Contessa
TV film; Voice Only
1980 Gilda Live Herself/Various Characters Also writer
1980 First Family Gloria Link
1982 Hanky Panky Kate Hellman
1982 It Came from Hollywood Herself
1984 The Woman in Red Ms. Millner
1985 Movers & Shakers Livia Machado
1986 Haunted Honeymoon Vickie Pearle
2018 Love, Gilda Herself (archive footage) Documentary

See also


  1. ^ "Fighting for Life". Los Angeles Daily News. July 11, 1989.
  2. ^ "Gilda Radner profile". Film Reference. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  3. ^ "Business - Microsoft's Heir Apparent -- Steve Ballmer - Seattle Times Newspaper".
  4. ^ "Michaels and Radner talk SNL". 90 Minutes Live. CBC Television. February 2, 1978. Retrieved January 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Radner, Gilda (1989). It's Always Something. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 97.
  6. ^ Saltman, David (1992). Gilda: An Intimate Portrait. Chicago: Contemporary Books.
  7. ^ a b c d Hevesi, Dennis (May 21, 1989). "Gilda Radner, 42, Comic Original Of 'Saturday Night Live' Zaniness". The New York Times.
  8. ^ a b Radner, Gilda (1989). It's Always Something. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 99.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Radner, Gilda (1989). It's Always Something. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  10. ^ a b "'The National Lampoon Radio Hour'". Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  11. ^ a b Zweibel, Alan (1994). Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner. New York: Villard.
  12. ^ Barbara Walters being interviewed about Gilda Radner on YouTube
  13. ^ Kohen, Yael (2012). We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy. Macmillan. pp. 107–108.
  14. ^ "Funny Women". The New York Times. November 30, 2012.
  15. ^ "SNL cast members". Rolling Stone (1229). February 26, 2015. p. 32.
  16. ^ Radner, Gilda (1989). It's Always Something. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 100–101.
  17. ^ Rockwell, John (1979-01-10). "Pop: Stars Join to Tape Benefit for UNICEF". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  18. ^ "-journalist FIGHTclub". Journalist Fight Club.
  19. ^ a b c Hill, Doug and Jeff Weingrad. Saturday Night: A Backstage History of Saturday Night Live. New York: Beech Tree Books. 1986.
  20. ^ Gilda Radner at the Internet Broadway Database
  21. ^ Hischak, Thomas S. (2001). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1969–2000. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-512347-6.
  22. ^ Shales, Tom (1980-10-03). "Good as Gilda". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
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  24. ^ "Bio". May 13, 2010.
  25. ^ a b c Song, Jenny (Spring 2009). "America's Funny Girl".
  26. ^ Shales, Tom (2010). Live From New York: An Uncensored History Of Saturday Night Live. ISBN 0-316-73565-5.
  27. ^ "Mark Twain on Coldest Winter". September 26, 2007. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  28. ^ Karras, Steve (January 6, 2013). "Gilda Radner Remembered". Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Mike Myers biography". Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  30. ^ Martin Steve & Radner, Gilda (1978). Saturday Night Live (Vimeo video ed.). Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2015.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  31. ^ "Hereditary Cancer Program (Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program) - Cedars-Sinai".
  32. ^ Wilder, Gene. "Why Did Gilda Die?" People Magazine, June 3, 1991.
  33. ^ Squires, Sally. "Fighting Ovarian Cancer: Doctors Don't Know Who Is At Risk and Why", Washington Post, May 30, 1989.
  34. ^ Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry website; accessed March 19, 2015.
  35. ^ "Gilda's Club Twin Cities: Who We Are". Website. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  36. ^ "Wellness Community & Gilda's Club May Merge". Oncology Times vol 31, Issue 7. pp. 8–10. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  37. ^ McClure, Susan (December 14, 2009). "Gilda's Club and The Wellness Community Join Forces". Archived from the original on December 7, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  38. ^ "Merging to Increase Mission Impact". The NonProfit Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  39. ^ Deming, Mark. "Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women". New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  40. ^ Friends of Gilda and Gilda's Club Worldwide

External links

4th Daytime Emmy Awards

The 4th Daytime Emmy Awards were held in May 12, 1977, on NBC to commemorate excellence in daytime programming from the previous year (1976). The live coverage held from Tavern on The Green restaurant in Central Park, New York. The fourth awards only had three categories, and thus three awards were given. Hosts were Peter Marshall, Chuck Woolery, Victoria Wyndham, Jack Gilford, and Soupy Sales with a special guest appearance by Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live.

Winners in each category are in bold.

Emily Litella

Emily Litella is a fictional character created and performed by comedian Gilda Radner in a series of appearances on Saturday Night Live. Based on a person in her early life, Emily Litella is a popular character in Radner's comedy repertoire.

First Family (film)

First Family is a 1980 American comedy film starring Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Gilda Radner, Harvey Korman, Rip Torn, Austin Pendleton, Fred Willard, and Richard Benjamin. It was written and directed by Buck Henry.

Gilda's Club

Gilda's Club is a community organization for people with cancer, their families and friends. Local chapters provide meeting places where those who have cancer, their families, and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda's Club chapters offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting. The club was named in tribute to an original Saturday Night Live cast member Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. In 2009, Gilda's Club merged with The Wellness Community to form the Cancer Support Community, although local branches generally opted to retain the name Gilda's Club.

Gilda Live

Gilda Live is a 1980 American comedy documentary film starring Gilda Radner, directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Lorne Michaels. Radner and Michaels and all of the writers involved with the production were alumni from the television program Saturday Night Live.

Goodbye Pop 1952–1976

Goodbye Pop 1952–1976 was an American comedy album of song parodies and sketches that was released as a vinyl record in 1975. It was a spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. Performers include Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Christopher Guest, Paul Shaffer and Tony Scheuren.

Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon

Greatest Hits of the National Lampoon is an American comedy album of songs and spoken word that was first released as a vinyl record in 1978. It was a spin-off of National Lampoon magazine and was a "best-of" compilation that included tracks from Radio Dinner, Lemmings, The Missing White House Tapes, Gold Turkey, Goodbye Pop, and That's Not Funny, That's Sick.

The composers and performers included John Belushi, Bill Murray, Sean Kelly, Tony Hendra, Henry Beard, Christopher Cerf, Paul Jacobs, Michael O'Donoghue, Gilda Radner, and Christopher Guest.

Subsequently the album was released as a CD, and the songs are available as MP3s.

Hanky Panky (1982 film)

Hanky Panky is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. Wilder and Radner met during filming and later married.

Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda is a 2018 American-Canadian documentary film directed and co-produced by Lisa Dapolito. The film is about the life and career of American comedian Gilda Radner. Love, Gilda premiered on April 18, 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and was limited released in the United States on September 21, 2018. The movie received widespread acclaim from critics.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches (listed alphabetically)

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live sketches, organized alphabetically by title. The referenced date is the date when the sketch first appeared.

For a chronological list, see Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches.

Roseanne Roseannadanna

Roseanne Roseannadanna is one of several recurring characters created and portrayed by Gilda Radner on Weekend Update in the early seasons of Saturday Night Live (SNL). She was the segment's consumer affairs reporter who, like an earlier Radner character Emily Litella, editorialized on current issues, only to go off-topic before being interrupted by the anchor. Unlike Litella's meek and apologetic character, Roseannadanna was brash and tactless. The character was based on Rose Ann Scamardella, a former anchorwoman on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in New York City. The character also appeared later in Radner's live one-woman shows.

Saturday Night Live characters appearing on Weekend Update

Weekend Update has been a platform for Saturday Night Live characters to grow and gain popularity ever since Gilda Radner used it to create Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna. Many cast members have used Update as the primary vehicle for a certain character. Don Novello was featured almost exclusively on the news segment as his breakout character, Father Guido Sarducci, and Tim Kazurinsky, in the face of Eddie Murphy's overshadowing popularity, created characters almost exclusively for Update. Before becoming an anchor on Update, Colin Quinn used the segment as his main sounding board as well.

Significant characters who appeared chiefly on Weekend Update are listed here in chronological order of their first appearance.

Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) – November 15, 1975

Roseanne Roseannadanna (Gilda Radner) – January 21, 1978 (first overall appearance was in a fake commercial called "Hire the Incompetent" which aired on the season 3 episode hosted by Charles Grodin)

Lester Crackfield (Al Franken) – February 18, 1978

Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) – May 13, 1978

Chico Escuela (Garrett Morris) – November 11, 1978

Big Vic Ricker (Harry Shearer) – January 26, 1980

Dr. Jack Badofsky (Tim Kazurinsky) – March 20, 1982

Siobhan Cahill (Mary Gross) – January 22, 1983

Dwight MacNamara (Gary Kroeger) – November 12, 1983

Worthington Clotman (Tim Kazurinsky) – January 28, 1984

Wayne Huevos (Tim Kazurinsky) – February 18, 1984

Lew Goldman (Billy Crystal) – October 13, 1984

Buddy Young, Jr. (Billy Crystal) – October 20, 1984

Nathan Thurm (Martin Short) – November 17, 1984

Tommy Flanagan, the Pathological Liar (Jon Lovitz) – November 16, 1985

Babette (Nora Dunn) – April 19, 1986

Mr. Subliminal (Kevin Nealon) – October 11, 1986

A Grumpy Old Man (Dana Carvey) – February 11, 1989

Annoying Man (Jon Lovitz) – November 11, 1989

Queen Shenequa (Ellen Cleghorne) – October 26, 1991

Jan Brady (Melanie Hutsell) – January 11, 1992

Cajun Man (Adam Sandler) – February 8, 1992

Buster Jenkins (Chris Rock) – February 15, 1992

Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992

Hank Fielding (Robert Smigel) – November 14, 1992

Bennett Brauer (Chris Farley) – April 10, 1993

The British Fops (Mark McKinney, David Koechner) – November 11, 1995

Joe Blow (Colin Quinn) – November 18, 1995

Gary Macdonald (David Koechner) – December 2, 1995

Lenny The Lion (Colin Quinn) – December 9, 1995

Cinder Calhoun (Ana Gasteyer) – November 23, 1996

Dominican Lou (Tracy Morgan) – March 22, 1997

Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998

Jacob Silj (Will Ferrell) – December 4, 1999

Jasper Hahn (Horatio Sanz) – January 8, 2000

Jeannie Darcy (Molly Shannon) – November 18, 2000

Gay Hitler (Chris Kattan) – October 13, 2001

Drunk Girl (Jeff Richards) – December 8, 2001

Fericito (Fred Armisen) – October 5, 2002

Tim Calhoun (Will Forte) – October 19, 2002

The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003

Billy Smith (Fred Armisen) – October 18, 2003

Jorge Rodriguez (Horatio Sanz) – May 1, 2004

Jon Bovi (Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis) – October 7, 2006

Two Gay Guys from Jersey (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader) – October 28, 2006

Aunt Linda (Kristen Wiig) – December 2, 2006

Nicholas Fehn (Fred Armisen) – October 13, 2007

Roger A. Trevanti (Fred Armisen) – November 3, 2007 (was a one-shot character that gained a following on YouTube videos during the 2007–2008 Writers' Guild of America strike)

Judy Grimes (Kristen Wiig) – April 12, 2008

Jean K. Jean (Kenan Thompson) – March 8, 2008

Garth and Kat (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – December 19, 2009

Stefon (Bill Hader) – April 24, 2010 (first overall appearance was in a one-shot sketch on the season 34 episode hosted by Ben Affleck)

Anthony Crispino (Bobby Moynihan) – October 2, 2010

Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan)

Best Friends from Growing Up (Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer)

The Girl You Wish You Never Started a Conversation With (Cecily Strong)

One-Dimensional Female Character In a Male-Driven Comedy (Cecily Strong)

The Woman in Red (1984 film)

The Woman in Red is a 1984 American romantic comedy film directed by and starring Gene Wilder. Wilder also wrote the script, adapting it from the Yves Robert film Pardon Mon Affaire (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément). It co-stars Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Kelly LeBrock. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You", performed by Stevie Wonder.

Awards for Gilda Radner
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