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Gilda Radner

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Gilda RadnerBirth: June 28, 1946

Gilda Susan Radner was an Emmy Award-winning American comedienne and actress, best known for her five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live.

Radner gained name recognition as one of the original "Not Ready For Prime Time Players", a member of the freshman group on the first season of Saturday Night Live

She was the first actor cast for the show. Between 1975 and 1980, she created such characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, an obnoxious woman with wild black hair who would tell stories about the gross habits of celebrities on the show's "Weekend Update" news segment, inspired in name and appearance by Rose Ann Scamardella, a news anchor at WABC-TV in New York City. 

Other SNL characters included "Baba Wawa," a spoof of Barbara Walters, and Emily Litella, an elderly woman who gave angry and misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update" on topics such as "violins on television," the "Eagle Rights Amendment," "presidential erections," and "protecting endangered feces." 

Once corrected on her misunderstanding, Litella would end her segment with a polite "Never mind." Later on, she would answer Jane Curtin's frustration with a simple "Bitch!" Radner also parodied such celebrities as Lucille Ball, Patti Smith, and Olga Korbut during SNL sketches.

Radner won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work on SNL.

Death: May 20, 1989 (age 42)

In May 1989, Radner discovered the cancer had returned and metastasized. She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 1989 for a CAT scan. Anxious with fear that she would never wake up, she was given a sedative and passed into a coma. She did not regain consciousness and died three days later at 6:20 am; her husband Gene Wilder, was at her side.

Where are the famous buried?

  • Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
  • Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, California

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Angels on your pillow Long Ridge Union Cemetery, Stamford, Connecticut

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