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Jan Hooks (1957–2014)


Jan Hooks is better remembered for her five-year run on Saturday Night Live (1975) (1986-91) on the series she impersonated actress ranging from Bette Davis, to Ann-Margret, to Sally Kellerman, to Jodie Foster. After she left the show, she was proposed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean Smart on CBS's Designing Women (1986). She accepted... See full bio »

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Known For

Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live Various / Hillary Clinton / Sinead O'Connor / Tammy Faye Bakker / Candy Sweeney / Dee Kelly / Friend / Ivana Trump / Jessica Hahn / Marge Keister / Sally Kellerman / Angie / Barbara Mandrell / Betty Ford / Cashier / Cheri Carter / Chia Head Client's Wife / Client / Colleen Walsh / Constance Gregory / Corazon Aquino / Crystal McLanahan / Customer / Date / Desiree Fortune / Diana Ross / Diane Sawyer / Donna / Drew Barrymore / Eleonor Clift / Guest / Herself / Herself - Special Guest / Jean Marsh / Judy Rifkin / Juliette Delanois / Kathie Lee Gifford / Kay Corleone / Kid / Kitty Dukakis / Lesbian Mother / Log Lady / Mary Jo Buttafuoco / Maude Kaufman / Megan / Miss Connie / Mistress / Mother / Mrs. Braithwaite / Mrs. Hudson / Mrs. Johnson / Mrs. Novack / Nadine Hurley / Nancy Reagan / Nancy Simmons / Pat Stevens / Princess Di / Reporter / Rose Kennedy / Roxanne / Sally Jessy Raphael / Shelley Long / Spelling Bee moderator / Suspectful Wife / Syndi / Visitor / Woman
(1986-2014)
Batman Returns
(1992)
Designing Women
Designing Women Carlene Frazier Dobber
(1991-1993)
Simon Birch
Simon Birch Miss Leavey
(1998)

Filmography

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 2013 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Kellogg
- Mr. & Mrs. Brown (2013) ... Mrs. Kellogg (voice)
 2010 30 Rock (TV Series)
Verna Maroney
- The Moms (2010) ... Verna Maroney
- Verna (2010) ... Verna Maroney
 2004 Game Over (TV Series)
Nadine
- Monkey Dearest (2004) ... Nadine (voice)
 2001 Futurama (TV Series)
Anglelyne
- Bendless Love (2001) ... Anglelyne (voice)
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Doreen Dunfey
- The Gun (2001) ... Doreen Dunfey
 1998 Simon Birch
Miss Leavey
 1997 Hiller and Diller (TV Series)
Kate
- Thankless-Giving (1997) ... Kate
- Don't Make Me Hurt You (1997) ... Kate
 1994 The Martin Short Show (TV Series)
Meg Harper Short
- A Hippo Never Forgets (1994) ... Meg Harper Short
- The Steve Martin Show (1994) ... Meg Harper Short
- Who's Afraid of Snowball Fortensky? (1994) ... Meg Harper Short
 1986-1994 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Various / Hillary Clinton / Tammy Faye Bakker / ...
- John Goodman/The Pretenders (1994) ... Hillary Clinton (uncredited)
- Kelsey Grammer/Dwight Yoakam (1994) ... Hillary Clinton (uncredited)
- John Malkovich/Billy Joel (1993) ... Various / Hillary Clinton (uncredited)
- Luke Perry/Mick Jagger (1993) ... Hillary Clinton (uncredited)
 1993 A Dangerous Woman
Makeup Girl
 1993 Coneheads
Gladys Johnson, Driving Student
 1992 Frosty Returns (TV Short)
Lil (voice)
 1989 Dear John (TV Series)
Suzanne
- John's Blind Date (1989) ... Suzanne
 1988 Superman 50th Anniversary (TV Movie documentary)
Marcia Connelly
 1987 Funland
Shelly Willingham
 1986 Wildcats
Stephanie Needham
 1985 Comedy Break (TV Series)
 1983 The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Various
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Various
 1983 Prime Times (TV Movie)
Various
 1980 The Bill Tush Show (TV Series)
Various Characters
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Show Show Self (14 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commerical for 10-10-220 telephone service (2003) See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

The Sweeney Sisters

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on dealing with stage fright during her stint on Saturday Night Live (1975)] Sometimes if I see an old show, I think "Boy, I was good!" I mean, can't you tell how shit-scared I was? And you know how they say, "Well, everybody's got the jitters," and you go out there and you're fine? No! I wasn't! I didn't like it! I don't like roller coasters, and I don't like circus performing. It's just not my... See more »

Trivia:

Hooks died of complications due to throat cancer, which had been diagnosed two years before she passed away in 2014. According to an article at the Grantland site, the cancer did not respond to surgery and chemotherapy, and doctors said the last medical option was a major procedure that had poor odds of curing her and would have ended her speaking ability forever. Hooks refused this and used home... See more »

Trademark:

Smiled quite a lot when acting

Star Sign:

Taurus

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