‘Saturday Night Live’ Veteran Jan Hooks Dies at 57

Jan Hooks, a comedian and actress known for her stint on “Saturday Night Live” where she was known for appearing in sketches with Nora Dunn or Phil Hartman, died Thursday at the age of 57.

The actress had been battling a serious illness.

Hooks, born in Atlanta, was in the main cast of “SNL” from 1986 to 91 along with with alums Dennis Miller, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey.

She got her start in the L.A. based comedy troupe The Groundlings.

Her credits also include an appearance on “30 Rock” in 2010, as well as multiple episodes of “Designing Women,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “The Simpsons.” Film credits include “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Coneheads” and appearing with “SNL” alum Martin Short in “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”

TMZ first reported the news.

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  1. Jacques Strappe says:

    Jan Hooks, one of the brightest and funniest comedic talents from the era when SNL was still riotously funny, relevant and hitting its creative stride. She inhabited her characters lovingly and never disparagingly, imbuing them with a real sense of humanity, not unlike equally gifted Lilly Tomlin.. Her humor was never mean spirited, vulgar or raunchy which is often the case of the current crop of comediennes. She also seemed like a very nice person out of character, too. I am so saddened to learn of her passing–and at such a young age. The world has lost a little comedic gem.

  2. Amanda Greco says:

    😢 She gave many,many laughs. I remember meeting her while standing in line for Letterman,in 1987.
    She was leaving rehearsals from SNL. I told her how I remembered watching her on the Bill Tush show,and she just hooted! Very funny,classy,lovely Lady.

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  4. Rachel S says:

    So sad to hear of her passing. She was a great asset to the Hollywood community. I shall miss her

  5. No Thanks says:

    What a truly beautiful woman.

  6. From A Long-time Fan says:

    Oh, this is dreadfully sad and shocking news. Jan Hooks was a brilliant comedienne – just a real bright light. Damn.

  7. Eric says:

    Oh no…

  8. WylieCoyote says:

    RIP Jan.
    She was one of the reasons SNL in the late-1980s was enjoyable.

  9. MovieDearest says:

    Considering she was a series regular for two seasons, yes, she was on several episodes of “Designing Women”.

  10. Chris says:

    It was great that she got to re-team with Alec Baldwin on “30 Rock.” She was a truly funny, smart and talented actress.

    RIP Jan Hooks.

  11. JAZZ4111 says:

    agreed shameful!

  12. Kurt says:

    Shameful that by clicking a link for this death announcement that we have to watch a 15 second ad first…

    • Jacques Strappe says:

      I totally agree. Since Variety doesn’t owns the video content it has no control over any ad(s) included to show it. I could be wrong. But honestly, even dying is so commercialized. What’s next, banner ads on the top of coffins being lowered into the ground?

    • Kathie says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Variety, you really need to remove the interstitial ads from the obituaries. It’s so incredibly tacky.

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