Jan Hooks

  • Born: April 23, 1957
  • Died: October 9, 2014
  • Location: New York, New York


Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member has died.

The Associated Press, The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jan Hooks, whose impressions ranged from Nancy Reagan to Sinead O'Connor to Tammy Faye Bakker during a five-year stint on the show, has died.

The 57-year-old Hooks died Thursday in New York, according to her agent, Lisa Lieberman. She had no other details.

Hooks, a Decatur, Georgia, native, moved into prime time in 1991 as a cast member on the sitcom "Designing Women." She later did an Emmy Award-nominated turn on "3rd Rock From the Sun."

She also appeared in 1992's "Batman Returns" and voiced convenience store owner Apu's wife on "The Simpsons" for several years.

On "SNL," she was part of a 1986 cast infusion that included fellow standouts Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman that helped the show after the previous season's ratings dive.

"I was 15 years old when I first saw Jan Hooks on SNL. All of her characters spoke to me. She was one of the greats," SNL alum Amy Poehler said in a statement.

A former member of the influential comedy troupe The Groundlings, she had been rejected twice before for a spot on the NBC comedy institution.

Besides impersonations that included Bette Davis and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hooks won laughs for original characters such as Candy, half of the bouffant-haired Sweeney Sisters lounge act. But being on a live weekly broadcast proved hard on the comic actress.

"The show changed my life, obviously. But I have horrible stage fright," she said in an oral history of "SNL." While other performers wanted to "get in there and do it," she said, "I was one of the ones that between dress (rehearsal) and air was sitting in the corner going, 'Please cut everything I'm in.'"

She jumped at the chance to move into prime time when asked to join the sitcom "Designing Women," appearing in the 1991-93 final seasons.

Born April 23, 1957, in Decatur, Georgia, Hooks studied for a time at the University of West Florida in Pensacola before leaving to begin her acting career, which included the 1985 movie "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

Her screen work became much more sporadic after the 1990s. On "30 Rock" in 2010, she played the avaricious mother of Jane Krakowski's character, Jenna Maroney.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Have you seen any shows if so, which? buddyWhat did you think? i was really suisrrped at how great it was, in the audience .i was transfixed the whole time. you made me laugh, clap along, sing along, tapped my feet, and brought a tear to my eye.Any other comments? you should send a copy to the london show to show them how it should be done. well done all of you.

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Posted by Rafa - sgKXbZtGXD, AZ - Ow9p4p16nAB   February 19, 2015

May my condolences go to family and friends of Jan. I do remember Sat. Night live. May our Heavenly father give you peace and at this time.(ps.65:2)show that through the many prayers you will find comfort, because He is the hearer of prayer. RW. Ohio

Posted by R W - OH   November 01, 2014

My heart goes out to you and your family. You made me laugh. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Elaine Clark - Las Vegas, NV - Fan   October 20, 2014

She was a angel in disguise!RIP, God Bless !!!!

Posted by Kitty DeLuna - Haltom City, TX - Fan   October 14, 2014

She brought us many years of laughter - what a gift. Blessings to her loved ones.
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Posted by Heidi McNeeley - Bishopville, MD - Fan   October 14, 2014

My deepest condolences to all family members and friends of Jan. It is always very painful to loose someone we love to one of human's biggest enemy, death. When one thinks of possible uplifting words of strength or the proper manner of helping others to cope with such a loss one realizes such a task is not an easy one. But, if we place ourselves in another one's position we realize how strengthening hope is. And what better strength and uplifting thought that knowing it is possible to see our loved ones once again in a very near future. You see, God is the Creator of life. The Bible calls Jehovah God the source of life. (Psalm 36:9; Acts 17:24, 25) The One who gave life to all living creatures is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died. God has resurrected humans in the past & God is eager to do it again. Jehovah hates death; he views it as an enemy. He has a longing to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again. Jan is sleeping for a short time right now. but, know that there is a real hope of being reunited with your dead loved ones.John 5:28, 29. Please feel the strength of knowing that this is not an impossible HOPE. If you would like to read more regarding this wonderful hope please feel free to read the following link http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/dead-live-again-tract/dead-live-again/

Posted by Marisol Seaton - Rio Grande - friend   October 12, 2014

You will be missed , R.I.P. God bless you in heaven.

Posted by Beatrice Bongini - palm beach gardens, FL - Fan   October 10, 2014

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