Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gilda Radner

Gilda Radner was an actress/comedienne who is best remembered for her five years as a member of the original cast of performers on tv's "Saturday Night Live" beginning in 1975. Among her memorable characters in the sketches are the nasal-voiced broadcaster 'Roseanne Roseannadanna' and a parody of tv interviewer Barbara Walters, 'Baba Wawa'. She appeared in several feature comedies, too, her last being "Haunted Honeymoon" (1986) in which she co-starred with her husband, Gene Wilder.

I sent this photo to Ms. Radner in 1982, and she returned it within two weeks.

Ms. Radner died at the too young age of 42, after a battle with ovarian cancer for several years.

A support group for cancer patients and their families, was founded in Ms. Radner's name. It's called "Gilda's Club" and the website can be visited here.

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