Magazine article Variety

Comedian-Actress Starred on 'SNL' in '80S

Magazine article Variety

Comedian-Actress Starred on 'SNL' in '80S

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Jan Hooks, a comedian and actress best known for her stint on "Saturday Night Live" died Oct. 9. She was 57, and had been ill, according to reports.

While on "SNL" from 1986 to 1991, she was known for her impersonations of such notables as Bette Davis, Thmmy Faye Bakker and Kathie Lee Gifford, and returned to the show from time to time after she'd left the cast to portray Hillary Rodham Clinton. She also was also known for her performances as Candy Sweeney, one of a pair of cheesy lounge singer sisters, along with fellow castmember Nora Dunn.

While with "SNL," she also worked with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman and Kevin Nealon, among others.

Nealon, who once dated Hooks during their "SNL" tenure, tweeted about her death: "God, were you talented. Too soon and too sad."

The Georgia-born Hooks came to the "SNL" cast from the Groundlings comedy troupe in Los Angeles. She was originally considered for the cast in 1985, but that spot went to Joan Cusack. …

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