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Jan Hooks, SNL veteran, dies following illness

Written By | Oct 9, 2014

WASHIGNTON, October 9, 2014 – Jan Hooks, who worked alongside some of the biggest “Saturday Night Live” stars has died. She was 57. Sources say the comedian had been battling a serious illness.

Jan was part of the ‘SNL’ cast from 1986-91 alongside alum like Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller.

Briliiantly talented Hooks was half of the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn. Hooks provided the weekly show a reliable sketch comic known for imperisnations of Hillary Clinton and Tammy Faye Bakker as well as Bette Davis, and Sinéad O’Connor.

Hooks took her SNL character Brenda the waitress later became Verna Maloney, mom to Jenna on 30 Rock. In addition to 30 Rock, Hook had toles on Designing Women, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Simpsons as the voice of Manula Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon, who puts up with her husband Apu’s long hours at the Kwik-E-Mart despite having octuplets to take care of.

Hooks was nominated for an Emmy for her 1998 work on 3rd Rock.

Hooks was not held to telvision, her talent leading to roles in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns and, most notably, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure where she offered one of movies most iconic lines: “There’s no basement in the Alamo!”

Born in Decatur, Georgia, just east of Atlanta Hooks began her career as a member of the LA-based comedy troupe The Groundlings and in an Atlanta nightclub act called The Wits End Players.

Hooks appeared in Tush on Ted Turner’s television station WTCG durin 1978-1979, which eventually became TBS gaining national notice in the early 1980s on the HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News.

Communities Staff