SNL Alum Jan Hooks Dead At 57 After Serious Illness (VIDEOS)


Comedic actress Jan Hooks dead at 57? Cancer?

“Saturday Night Live” alum Jan Hooks passed away on Thursday morning in New York City following a serious illness.

The comedienne and actress was starred on SNL from 1986-1991, known for her hilarious impersonations of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tammy Faye Bakker, and Sinead O’Connor.

The actress was primarily known for the eight seasons that she spent on the hit NBC series from 1986 to 1991.

Hooks starred alongside castmates Dennis Miller, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Chris Farley during many of the 108 episodes in which she starred.

Jan Hooks as Tammy Faye Bakker

Jan did spot on impressions of celebrities such as Ivana Trump, Nancy Reagan, Sinead O’Connor, Hillary Clinton, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Tammy Faye Bakker.

Hooks previously said of her decision to leave SNL, “Although my five-year contract was up, I was fully intending to return, but I wanted to investigate other possibilities.”

She guest-starred on “30 Rock” as Verna, the trashy mother of Jane Krakowski’s character Jenna Maroney.

Jan Hooks on "30 Rock"

Jan became a regular cast member on the hit series “Designing Women” after the show suffered from a major cast change.  She played the role of Carlene Dobber from 1991 to 1993.

She later played a recurring role as Vicki Dubcek on the hit show “3rd Rock from the Sun” from 1996 to 2000.

Hooks also starred on the big screen in films such as “Batman Returns”, “Simon Birch”, “Coneheads”, and “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”.

Jan Hooks on Pee Wee's Big Adventure

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