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June 28, 1946
Gilda Susan Radner was an Emmy Award-winning American comedienne
and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast
of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live.
Radner gained name recognition as one of the original "Not Ready
For Prime Time Players", a member of the freshman group on the
first season of Saturday Night Live.
She was the first actor cast
for the show. Between 1975 and 1980, she created such characters as
Roseanne Roseannadanna, an obnoxious woman with wild black hair who
would tell stories about the gross habits of celebrities on the show's
"Weekend Update" news segment, inspired in name and appearance
by Rose Ann Scamardella, a news anchor at WABC-TV in New York City.
Other SNL characters included "Baba Wawa," a spoof of
Barbara Walters, and Emily Litella, an elderly woman who gave angry and
misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update" on topics
such as "violins on television," the "Eagle Rights
Amendment," "presidential erections," and
"protecting endangered feces."
Once corrected on her
misunderstanding, Litella would end her segment with a polite
"Never mind." Later on, she would answer Jane Curtin's
frustration with a simple "Bitch!" Radner also parodied such
celebrities as Lucille Ball, Patti Smith, and Olga Korbut during SNL
Radner won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work on SNL.
Death: May 20, 1989 (age 42)
In May 1989, Radner discovered the cancer had returned and
metastasized. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles, California on May 17, 1989 for a CAT scan. Anxious with fear
that she would never wake up, she was given a sedative and passed into a
coma. She did not regain consciousness and died three days later at 6:20
am; her husband Gene Wilder, was at her side.
Where are the famous buried?
- Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut
- Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
- Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, California