NEW YORK, NY (CBS SF) – Former Saturday Night Live comedienne Jan Hooks died Thursday, October 9th from unknown causes, reports NBC News.
The Decatur, Georgia born comedienne made her start in Los Angeles as part of the improv troupe “The Groundlings” in the late 70’s. In 1986, Lorne Michaels offered Hooks a spot on SNL along with Phil Hartman, Mike Myers and Bay Area resident, Dana Carvey.
Hooks was best known for her wildly exaggerated characters on SNL. Her characters included Hillary Clinton, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sinéad O’Connor and along with Nora Dunn, Hooks played “Candy Sweeney” of “The Sweeney Sisters.”
In 1991, Hooks was invited to join the cast of CBS’ Designing Women by show creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. She also made appearances on 3rd Rock from the Sun Providence and The Simpsons. Hooks’ last television role was that of Jane Krakowski’s (Jenna) mother Verna Maroney on 30 Rock.
Though Hooks was a staple on television, she also appeared in movies like Batman Returns, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and as “Dixie Glick” in “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”
TMZ reports that Hooks was battling some type of serious illness before the news of her death.
Stars Who Paid Tribute To The Late Comedienne Through Social Media:
Not now, but sometime this weekend I'll think of Jan Hooks saying "adobe" and I'll get tear-eyed. I know it. #RIPJanHooks— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 9, 2014
I just heard the news former #SNL cast member Jan Hooks has died.— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 9, 2014
She was one of the funniest performers ever on SNL. Always a stand out.
RIP Jan Hooks. An endearing, funny woman who so inspired and made me laugh so much. A bright light went out.— Cheri Oteri (@cherioteri) October 9, 2014
RIP Jan Hooks— Margaret Cho @ Patchogue on July 19! (@margaretcho) October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks still stands out as one of the funniest cast members in SNL history. Very sorry to read about her passing.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 9, 2014
So so gifted. RIP Jan Hooks.— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks always made me laugh. always.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 9, 2014
I can't believe it. Jan Hooks appeared in many 3rd Rock eps. We all truly loved her. I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius.— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) October 9, 2014
RIP Jan Hooks. Dammit.— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks. I idolized her. A comedy original. ALWAYS made me laugh.. working with her or watching her. Too short a career and life. So sad.— Andrea Martin (@iamandreamartin) October 9, 2014
In awe of her work on SNL and beyond. A genius artist whose characters stayed grounded until the perfect moment to get weird. RIP Jan Hooks.— Will Sasso (@WillSasso) October 10, 2014
Jan Hooks. No!— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) October 9, 2014
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