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Jan Hooks, 'Saturday Night Live' Veteran, Dies At Age 57

9 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jan Hooks, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, died on Thursday in New York. She was 57.

Jan Hooks Dies

Hooks' death was confirmed by her representative Lisa Lieberman to CNN. She had apparently been suffering from a serious illness.

Hooks is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1986-1991. On the sketch show, Hooks took on a number of notable impersonations, including Hillary Clinton, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bette Davis and Jodie Foster. Her most memorable role on the show, however, was probably as Candy Sweeney, one half of the popular Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.

Back in 1980, Hooks, a native of Georgia, got her start on The Bill Tush Show and later landed a role on TV series Not Necessarily the News. She went on to appear in features Wildcats, Funland and Batman Returns and star in Designing Women as Carlene Frazier Dobber.

Following her run on SNL, »

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Jan Hooks, 'SNL' Star, Dead at 57

9 October 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Actress and comedian Jan Hooks, who was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986 to 1991 and who appeared on Designing Women, died on the morning of October 9th, according to TMZ. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. She was 57.

Hooks is best remembered for her impressions of Nancy Reagan, Ivana Trump, Sinéad O'Connor and the heavily mascaraed wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker. She was also known for her own character, Candy Sweeney – one half of the lounge singers the Sweeney Sisters. "That show changed my life, »

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Best TV Pilots: NewsRadio

28 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

NewsRadio Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Written by Paul Simms

Directed by James Burrows

Aired 3/21/1995 on NBC


Airing as a mid-season replacement after the failure of The Martin Short Show and the Gene Wilder vehicle Something Wilder, it still boggles me to this day that NewsRadio wasn’t more popular in its time. Debuting between Wings and Frasier (two shows it would often be sandwiched between over the years), NewsRadio never achieved the same mainstream penetration as other seminal NBC comedies from the same era, teetering on the edge of cancellation and ending in tragedy, airing a creative but deflated fifth season in the shadow of Phil Hartman’s murder.

Revisiting NewsRadio‘s pilot, it still astounds me the show never took off. Mixing farce with hilarious ironies, the pilot opens with Wnyx’s new news director Dave Nelson (a post-Kidz in the Hall Dave Foley) arriving (approximately) 35 seconds early to »

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