Saturday Night Live Alum, Jan Hooks, Dead at 57

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Jan Hooks, the talented Saturday Night Live alum, is dead at 57, reports TMZ. She passed away this morning in New York City. Sources tell TMZ that the comedian had been battling a serious illness.

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A Georgia native, Jan was a member of the SNL cast from 1986-91–during what is arguably one of the show’s heydays. She starred alongside such SNL legends as  Mike Myers, Nora Dunn, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz. Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman and Chris Farley.

On the show, she was one half of the Sweeney Sisters, with Nora Dunn. Some of her notable impressions included Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O’Connor,Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer, and Hillary Clinton.

Her post SNL TV work included Designing Women, 3rd Rock From the Sun and 30 Rock (she was nominated for an Emmy in . Who could forget her as the Alamo tour guide in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure?

RIP Jan Hook.

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  1. Sad she’s gone, she was one of my favorite females to come from SNL. I believe she had cancer years ago, maybe breast, I’m not sure about that. There was some kind of reunion or tribute they did and they said she said she was getting chemo at the time. So I wonder if that contributed to her illness, of course, I respect her family’s right to not state the cause of her death now.

  2. On his Facebook page Marc Shaiman says he had tried to get his good friend Hooks to perform recently “but she was a troubled soul” and did not think she “had it in her”. He also says he hopes she is at peace now.
    Kevin Nealon said “I only wish she knew how well respected and admired she was “.
    This sounds as if the serious disease she had was depression- or was at least a part of it. I hope she did not take her own life.

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